Finborough theatre, London
A patriotic history professor clashes with her activist student in a smart play sustained by an early surge of ideas
First produced in Boston in 2018, Eleanor Burgess’s play sets up a fierce debate that covers race, revolution, American history and academic process. It’s refreshing to see a genuine play of ideas, and Burgess shows the strengths and flaws of her two antagonists; her even-handedness only deserts her in the play’s unduly protracted second half.
The setting is an elite university in the last year of the Obama presidency and there are just two characters. Janine is a white, sixtysomething history professor who keeps a portrait of George Washington on her wall; Zoe is a 20-year-old black student and an eager participant in campus protest. Battle is joined over a paper Zoe has written claiming that America never had a truly radical revolution because the people really suffering were slaves who had no voice. Janine admits it’s an interesting thesis but demands documentary proof. Zoe counters that the exploited rarely leave evidence behind. This broadens out into a ferocious argument about the partial vision of history taught in the US, with Zoe accusing Janine of racism.Continue reading...
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Directeurs d’école en Seine-Saint-Denis : « On te donne 185 balles et on te dit voilà, maintenant tu es responsable de tout »
Ombudsman finds families face delays of up to 90 weeks and complaints are at record levels
Services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are in crisis, with families experiencing delays of up to 90 weeks and complaints at record levels, according to the local government and social care ombudsman.
Ombudsman Michael King said the number of complaints from frustrated parents had gone up by 45% over a two-year period to 2019. Most concerning, he said, was that nine out of 10 complaints (87%) were upheld in the families’ favour, with councils criticised for failing to meet their statutory duties to support children with Send.Continue reading...
In 1932, Mrs Donoghue was shellshocked when she found a mollusc in her drink. The fallout changed consumer law forever
The classic case of the decomposing snail in the ginger beer is one of the first judgments law students learn about – and one of the few that most remember throughout their career.
Donoghue v Stevenson laid the foundation for the modern law of negligence and established the principles of the duty of care. It also still demonstrates the flexibility of the common law.Continue reading...
Survey shows students want wellbeing modules similar to those planned for schools
Students want universities to teach them how to look after their mental health and wellbeing as anxiety and stress levels surge on UK campuses, according to a survey.
Ninety-six per cent of the 1,500 students polled think universities should offer “emotional education” on the curriculum to improve their resilience against mental health problems. This would replicate the Department for Education’s plans to roll out wellbeing modules in schools from September 2020.Continue reading...
How should we remember historical figures who we know have done terrible things? It’s a dilemma we face more often, as universities and public institutions critically examine their histories, reassessing the past with 21st-century eyes. And over the last year, University College London has been in the midst of a historical inquiry into its role as the institutional birthplace of eugenics – the debunked “science” that claimed that by selectively breeding humans we could improve racial quality.
We tend to associate eugenics with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, but it was in fact developed in London. Its founder was Francis Galton, who established a laboratory at UCL in 1904. Already, some students and staff have called on the university to rename its Galton lecture theatre.Continue reading...