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A Nanterre, le blocage des partiels divise les étudiants

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 17:50
Reportage à l’université de Paris-Nanterre, lundi, où les étudiants opposés à la loi Vidal empêchaient la tenue des examens. Au grand dam des étudiants non bloqueurs qui crient à l’injustice.
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Working while you study: a means to an end or career opportunity?

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 16:37

A part-time job is often just a way to earn extra cash at university, but for some students it can be the route to full-time employment

Carmel Goldstein, a final-year textile design student at Central St Martins College in London, started working for on-demand babysitting app Bubble 18 months ago. The 21-year-old was looking for a way to earn extra cash while studying in one of the world’s most expensive cities, and the company offered flexible evening work that she could fit around busy university life.

The Uber-style app works by helping parents find local babysitters who have been recommended by friends or mutual contacts on Facebook. It means Goldstein is able to put in the required hours on campus and go to a job in the evening near her home in East Finchley.

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Primary school places - not got what you wanted?

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 15:28
If the school on offer is unsuitable for some reason, there are a number of things you can do.
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Universities ending the strikes is not a climbdown – the fight goes on | Des Freedman

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 15:07
Unions have accepted the Universities UK offer, but there is plenty of unfinished business – and not just with pensions

Members of the University and College Union have voted 64% to 36% to suspend industrial action in their campaign to defend guaranteed pensions. They have accepted the proposals of the employers’ organisation, Universities UK, to set up a “joint expert panel” to consider the valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) fund.

They have not done so with any great faith in Universities UK’s commitment to sustaining existing levels of provision, nor with any conviction that the employers’ underlying determination to reduce their pension liabilities has suddenly disappeared.

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« Mes deux ans de “retard” m’ont permis de trouver ma voie, donc ce n’est pas grave ! »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 13:07
Refusé dans le DUT informatique qu’il visait, Lucas a commencé deux licences, beaucoup douté et fait des petits boulots avant de s’expatrier en Belgique pour étudier la bio-ingénierie.
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Teachers' strikes: meet the leaders of the movement marching across America

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 13:00

Teachers around the US are taking matters into their own hands as they strike for raises and school funding without union support

When teachers in West Virginia went on strike in February, there was little indication that a swath of other states would follow suit.

But that action in the Appalachian state, which resulted in teachers winning a 5% pay rise, has spurred on educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona.

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25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

NYTimes - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 12:00
We invited America’s public school teachers to show us the conditions that a decade of budget cuts has wrought in their schools.
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Universities are a key resource for the NHS. Why are they so underused?

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 09:30

The UK’s research ecosystem is fragmented. We need more collaboration to pool expertise and improve public health

Good public health is central to the success of our cities, nations and regions. It’s an area in which higher education has a key role to play, since working to address local and global health challenges and develop cutting-edge drug therapies is deeply rooted within academic institutions. Yet universities are still an underused resource in tackling local public health problems.

The main obstacle is the absence of organisations that connect universities and the NHS. In the UK, there are just six Academic Health Science Centres, which bring together research, education and clinical practice to translate research swiftly into patient care and ensure that patient interactions contribute to the generation of new knowledge. These AHSCs are not spread evenly around the country: three are in London, and one in Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester.

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Segregating pupils with special educational needs leaves us all poorer | John Harris

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 08:00

Policies that seek to push these children out of mainstream schools are turning back the clock to a nastier age

Human progress is slow to happen and sometimes hard to see: in an era as troubled as ours, the world can easily look as though it is regressing at speed. But look back, and you may see how far we have come. I grew up in a world where grim words such as “handicapped” and “retarded” were part of everyday speech, and disabled people were too often shut away. People put money in charity tins to salve their consciences, and then went back to their ignorance. A sure sign of the way society kept some people at arm’s length was the inhuman use of the definite article: people knew about “the deaf”, “the blind” and “the disabled”, but didn’t give them much thought.

Related: Families crowdfund legal action against special needs budget cuts

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Jacob says his school locked him away in a cupboard

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 03:17
Jacob recalls how he was repeatedly locked in a storage cupboard at school when he was five years old.
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Many parents face disappointment over primary school places

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 16/04/2018 - 02:01

Thousands of families in England may miss out on top choice of primary school in some regions

Parents in England will find out on Monday whether their child got into their top choice of primary school to begin reception class in September, with many likely to face disappointment owing to the pressure on places in some areas of the country.

On what has become known as national offer day for primary schools, about half a million families will receive emails during the course of the day and letters later in the week confirming whether they have been offered a place at their first-choice school.

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Träumt weiter

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 15/04/2018 - 19:53

Arizona erhöht die Studiengebühren für Kinder illegaler Einwanderer drastisch, andere Bundesstaaten wollen nachziehen. Betroffene sind entsetzt.

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"Das Tablet ist nur Mittel zum Zweck"

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 15/04/2018 - 19:53

Die Steve-Jobs-Schulen in den Niederlanden wurden als Vorbild für die digitale Zukunft des Lernens gefeiert. Doch das Modell steckt in der Krise, Schulen wenden sich davon wieder ab.

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The week in TV: Secret Agent Selection: WW2; Living With the Brainy Bunch; Lost in Space and more

the guardian - Sun, 15/04/2018 - 09:00
Classroom experiments and spy training provided eye-opening new reality shows, but Netflix’s space odyssey has lost the plot

Secret Agent Selection: WW2 (BBC2) | iPlayer
Living with the Brainy Bunch (BBC2) | iPlayer
Class of Mum and Dad (C4) | channel4.com
Deep State (Fox) | foxtv.co.uk
Lost in Space (Netflix) | netflix.com

Among the savageries of war, one of the first casualties, along with truth, is surely always going to be the simple idea of “niceties”, of thinking one can promote any conflict with a glance backwards to the gentlemanly – ha! – wars of yore. The RAF still thought, within living memory, that dropping assassins in plain clothes into enemy territory was “unethical”. They had to be brutally persuaded, in 1940, shortly after Churchill had vowed to “set Europe ablaze”, to carry the spies of the fledgling Special Operations Executive into the many darknesses of occupied territory, ie most of the continent.

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From the archive: the class of 1971 at Oxford University

the guardian - Sun, 15/04/2018 - 08:00

Cap doffing, window smashing and niche dons’ specialisms in the Observer Magazine

Fresh-faced students have traversed the corridors of Oxford University since 1249, but how will the institution take to the class of 1971 and, more importantly, how will they take to Oxford? The Observer Magazine finds out. The young adolescent who has not been prepped his whole life (for it is inevitably a chap) to expect an Oxford education will find on arrival that he goes ‘up’ to Oxford and ‘down’ again, and the Thames will continue to run through the city except that it is called Isis, and is home to ‘gut-busting boat races called Torpids’.

The fresh-faced student will now find he has a college servant who will call him sir

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The Open University gave millions of Britons a second chance. Now it needs one itself | Will Hutton

the guardian - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 21:00
The OU is the latest of our great institutions to suffer from short-term thinking

One by one, the great institutions that bind Britain together are being allowed to fray, weaken and decline. They may do good and even vital work, but whatever their purpose – from the system of legal aid to the Open University – they are under siege. Britain might be substantially richer than it was 40 or 50 years ago but the national narrative is that organisations once energetic and growing are now unaffordable. The overriding moral imperative is to lower allegedly insupportable taxation, not to create public goods or sustain the institutions that bind.

Last week, it was the Open University that was in the news as its beleaguered vice-chancellor resigned after a mere three years in the role. He may have been right about the necessity to re-engineer the institution, to refocus it on lifelong learning and find savings, given the 20% fall in its income. But the scale of the proposed redundancies – more than a quarter of the workforce – felt to the academics and the wider staff swingeing. There was too little valuation of research, a crucial component of any university. There may have to be change, but not to put the very idea of the OU at risk.

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Some Said They’d Flee Trump’s America. These People Actually Did.

NYTimes - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 13:00
Like modern-day von Trapps, minus the singing, families are climbing mountains and fording streams with nothing but backpacks and a Wi-Fi connection.
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Secret Teacher: my students know all about exams but little of the wider world

the guardian - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 09:30

We’re so focused on tests that we’re neglecting to expose pupils to ideas and experiences beyond the classroom

Do I need a passport to get to Liverpool? What’s a postcard? Is Cornwall real? These are all questions I’ve been asked by (often bright) GCSE students that wouldn’t be out of place in a “10 hilarious questions asked by kids” listicle. For me, though, they reveal pupils’ lack of exposure to activities and concepts outside their everyday lives.

I teach in a town with high levels of poverty and disadvantage. School trips are not only prohibitively expensive (for the school and for parents) but take time away from the core curriculum. With teachers under enormous pressure to deliver on test results, spending hours organising learning experiences that can’t easily be measured isn’t an appealing prospect. You can’t shoehorn in three assessment for learning episodes if students are running around a farm.

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Schools can’t work miracles. But with a little help, parents can | Gaby Hinsliff

the guardian - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 08:00

TV shows recognise how vital home input is to education. So why doesn’t the government do more to support families?

This is a tale of two boys. Jack is 15, casually racking up detentions and in danger of flunking his GCSEs. Tharush is the same age, but sits conscientiously doing extra maths on a Friday night while his classmates are out partying. But it’s also, at least in part, a tale of two parenting styles. Jack’s mum seems lovely but works long hours, and can’t face a long row over the homework he doesn’t do when she gets home. Tharush’s mum escaped civil war in Sri Lanka by stowing away in a container for 18 hours, afraid she would die, and is now determined her boy should make the most of chances she didn’t have. For BBC2’s fly-on-the-wall experiment, Living with the Brainy Bunch, Jack moved in with Tharush’s stricter parents while his equally disengaged classmate Hollie M went to live with the school’s head girl and her family, who enjoy challenging each other to name Shakespeare plays over supper.

You try emulating the Waltons while simultaneously being evicted from a rented flat, or hiding from a violent ex

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En l’état, la réforme du lycée déçoit la communauté éducative

lemonde_edu - Sat, 14/04/2018 - 07:34
Aucun des trois projets d’arrêtés soumis par le ministre Jean-Michel Blanquer, jeudi 12 avril, à l’avis – consultatif – du Conseil supérieur de l’éducation, n’a été adopté.
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