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Okwui Enwezor: the Nigerian who confronted the European art canon

the guardian - 1 hour 7 min ago

The curator, who has died aged 55, was the only person to curate both the Venice Biennale and Documenta, helped redefine what African art could be and provided a platform for the likes of Steve McQueen

Okwui Enwezor, who has died aged 55, was a peerless, charismatic Nigerian curator who helped place non-western art histories on an equal footing with the long-established narrative of European and North American art. Part of a generation of auteur curators who rose to prominence in the 1990s, he, more than any other, was one with a mission.

“The way I see it, it is like night and day. The 80s and before was the colonial, Jim Crow, and apartheid days put together,” Enwezor said in 2005. “It was completely acceptable to the curators of the period that contemporary art did not happen in places like Africa, Asia, South America or the Middle East … globalisation transformed the myopia that previously ruled.”

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Erasmus gave me an opportunity I would never otherwise have had | Eloise Millard

the guardian - 1 hour 52 min ago

The loss of the scheme would be a devastating blow for the social mobility of students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Joining the tremendously long list of downsides to the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union is the possible loss of the Erasmus programme, an exchange scheme that has given more than 3 million students the chance to study in 37 countries since 1987. Of course, there are many other exchange schemes across the world, but the majority require the student to have several thousand pounds spare for tuition, accommodation and so on. Losing Erasmus is another devastating blow for the social mobility of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Not only are they about to lose the freedom to live and work in the EU, they have also lost incredible opportunities to immerse themselves in another culture and build invaluable skills, which research has proven sets them up for the world of work much better than their peers who don’t undertake Erasmus placements.

Related: Erasmus scheme in chaos as UK students left in limbo

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'Information isn't just for the elite': the academic turning research into hip-hop

the guardian - 3 hours 52 min ago

Academic Martin Glynn on how setting information to a beat takes research out of the ivory tower and on to the streets

“I refer to much of academia as intellectual masturbation,” says Martin Glynn, criminology lecturer at Birmingham City University. He’s discussing the role of research and how its results are rarely heard outside of academic circles. “In this respect, it exists only to serve – to please – those within academia.”

This poses a particular problem when the focus of the research concerns disaffected communities in Britain who have no access to the data that concerns their lives.

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We still can’t take LGBT equality for granted | Gaby Hinsliff

the guardian - 4 hours 52 min ago
The outcry over primary school sex education is a reminder that we haven’t moved as far from Section 28 as we thought

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

So opens a Jackanory-style film uploaded to social media this week by one Birmingham mother, featuring her reading aloud from a picture book called Mommy, Mama and Me. It’s a cosy, toddler-friendly bedtime story about two mothers doing what mothers do the world over: pouring juice, tucking children up in bed, playing hide and seek. Your children’s primary school or your local library might well have a copy. Although they might have plumped instead for And Tango Makes Three, the tale of two daddy penguins adopting a chick.

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Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses

NYTimes - 11 hours 1 min ago
The order links some higher education funds to how colleges enforce free speech rights, a cause célèbre for conservatives who argue their voices have been silenced.
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Nearly 25% of English universities in deficit last year, figures show

the guardian - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 22:20

Data reveals financial pressure on higher education sector with tuition fee cuts possible

Nearly one in four universities in England were in deficit last year, according to an official compilation of data that suggests more financial difficulties could be on the way.

The number of universities in England with operating deficits in 2017-18 increased to 32, compared with 24 the year before and 10 in 2015-16. Across the UK, the number reporting deficits rose to 47, compared with 40 in 2016-17.

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Big City: Stop Fixating on One Elite High School. There Are Bigger Problems.

NYTimes - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 22:02
Exclusive options in public education, like Stuyvesant High School, will never lead the way to a fairer America.
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Oxford college to investigate its own role in colonialism

the guardian - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 21:04

New academic post will enable St John’s to study the part it played in the British Empire

An Oxford college is to examine its contribution to creating and maintaining Britain’s colonial empire, in a pioneering effort to crowdsource and “decolonialise” its own imperialist past.

St John’s College is advertising for a new academic post whose appointee will work on a research project named St John’s and the Colonial Past, alongside Prof William Whyte, the college’s vice-president and professor of social and architectural history at Oxford.

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Birmingham LGBT row: Parkfield School protests resume

bbc education - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 20:01
Protesters call for Parkfield school's head teacher to resign alleging "she cannot keep her word".
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'Mindblowing' haul of fossils over 500m years old unearthed in China

the guardian - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 20:00

Thousands of fossils date back to huge burst in diversity of life on Earth known as Cambrian explosion

A “mindblowing” haul of fossils that captures the riot of evolution that kickstarted the diversity of life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has been discovered by researchers in China.

Paleontologists found thousands of fossils in rocks on the bank of the Danshui river in Hubei province in southern China, where primitive forms of jellyfish, sponges, algae, anemones, worms and arthropods with thin whip-like feelers were entombed in an ancient underwater mudslide.

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Dr Jordan Peterson: Cambridge University fellowship rescinded

bbc education - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 19:20
Dr Jordan Peterson's views on gender and race have been the subject of much criticism.
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Kent pupils could be left stranded by no-deal Brexit gridlock, warns council

the guardian - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 19:16

Teachers told they may have to ‘adopt carer role’ if traffic stops parents picking children up

Teachers in primary schools in Kent have been told they may have to suspend classes and “adopt a carer role” in the event of disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit.

They have also been advised by local authorities to check on food supplies and warned that public transport and school coaches could be affected if there is “panic buying” of fuel, according to a document seen by the Guardian.

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Every school 'needs dog to stop stress'

bbc education - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 18:23
Bringing pets into school can be the simplest but most effective stress-buster, says Sir Anthony Seldon.
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Number of parents fined for term-time holidays at record level

the guardian - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 18:14

DfE figures show 260,000 penalty notices for children missing school were issued in 2017-18

The number of parents issued with penalties because of their children missing school has soared to record levels in England, after councils were emboldened by a supreme court ruling in their favour.

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) for 2017-18 show that local authorities issued 260,000 penalty notices to parents for unauthorised absences during the state school year, an increase of 110,000 compared with the previous year.

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Philosopher Mary Warnock dies aged 94

the guardian - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 18:10

Lady Warnock laid foundations for special needs teaching and fertility treatment regulations

The philosopher Mary Warnock, whose work laid the foundations for special needs education and for the regulation of fertility treatments, has died aged 94.

After an early career researching ethics and philosophy and then as a headteacher, Lady Warnock was appointed in 1974 to chair a UK inquiry on special education. Her subsequent report brought about radical change by placing priority on teaching children with special educational needs within mainstream schools, and introduced the system of “statementing” children, which provides additional support.

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Bristol nursery locks toys away for a month

bbc education - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 15:51
The toys have been replaced toys with cardboard, tins and train tickets in an attempt to encourage play.
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What are your experiences of racism at UK universities?

the guardian - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 14:55

How well do you think your university addresses racism? How well represented are BAME staff in your department?

Goldsmiths students who belong to Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action have occupied a university building in protest against the racism black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students have experienced.

The students are demanding an institution-wide strategy to tackle racism after a candidate in the student elections complained she had been subjected to racist abuse.

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Bundesgerichtshof: Kollaps im Sportunterricht - tragischer Fall vor dem BGH

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 14:47

Ein Schüler bricht zusammen, die Lehrkräfte reanimieren nicht, sondern warten auf den Notarzt. Der junge Mann ist nun schwerbehindert - und der BGH muss die Schuld der Pädagogen beurteilen.

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School term time holiday fines rise 93% in a year

bbc education - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 12:13
Nearly 223,000 fines were issued to parents in 2017-18 as schools clamped down on unauthorised absence.
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Lycées professionnels : vers une baisse drastique des effectifs de la filère gestion-administration

lemonde_edu - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 11:30
Ce bac pro, qui concentre 71 000 élèves, donne des résultats d’insertion peu satisfaisants. Le ministère veut réduire la voilure.
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