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St Olave's A-level row head suspended

bbc education - 1 hour 1 min ago
The head of a grammar school where pupils were stopped from taking A-levels has been suspended.
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Cambridge University issues trigger warnings for Shakespeare lecture

the guardian - 1 hour 43 min ago

Students were warned that a lecture discussing Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors would include ‘discussions of sexual violence’

Cambridge students have been given timetables bearing “trigger warnings” to alert them that a lecture on the works of Shakespeare could be upsetting.

In the English faculty’s notes on lectures document, students were warned that a lecture discussing the plays Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors would include “discussions of sexual violence” and “sexual assault”.

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Cambridge Uni students get Shakespeare trigger warnings

bbc education - 3 hours 37 min ago
Cambridge University students are given "trigger alerts" that they might be upset by some text.
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The teaching excellence framework can enhance academic careers

the guardian - 4 hours 18 min ago

The government’s teaching quality assessment has been controversial among academics, but its best-performing universities prioritise their staff

  • Diana Beech is director of policy and advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute

It’s no secret that academics never really greeted the advent of the teaching excellence framework with open arms. Among the responses from university staff were concerns that it might undermine the public and educational benefits of universities and harm their working culture, collegiality and academic freedom. But a close read of the submissions to the exercise from gold medal-winning institutions suggests that academic communities may have been too quick to judge the teaching excellence juggernaut for its apparent faults.

I recently authored a report for the Higher Education Policy Institute, based on analysis of several universities’ provider submissions to the Tef assessment. The submissions I read were those that had enabled their institution to move a Tef award above the level initially suggested by their performance in the metrics-based section of the exercise.

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S Chandrasekhar: the student who took on the world's top astrophysicist

the guardian - 7 hours 28 min ago

Arthur I Miller on the young Indian who eventually proved that a star really could collapse and fall into a black hole

In the 1930s the rarefied world of science was ripped apart by a controversy that was to have devastating consequences for the development of astrophysics. It began when an Indian student called Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Chandra) decided to work out what would happen if Einstein's special theory of relativity was applied to the processes that went on inside stars. This step was important because particles inside stars travel at speeds close to that of light, a situation where Einstein's theory must be used.

Pencil in hand, 19-year-old Chandra did some calculations. At the time, scientists assumed that when a star burned up the last of its fuel, it would turn into a ball of cinders and go cold - become a white dwarf star. Chandra's mathematics showed that a white dwarf much heavier than the sun could not exist, but would undergo an eternal collapse into a tiny point of infinite density, until it slipped though a crevice in space and time, from which nothing could escape, not even light. It was the first irrefutable mathematical proof that black holes - as they were later dubbed - had to exist.

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'He hid in a cupboard - we just couldn't get him to school'

bbc education - 14 hours 39 min ago
When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven, his special needs were not immediately apparent.
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Ministers plan fines for universities which fail to uphold free speech

the guardian - 16 hours 4 min ago

New Office for Students set to receive powers to crack down on ‘safe spaces’ and bans on controversial speakers

Universities will be told that they must uphold free speech and clamp down on student unions that “no platform” controversial speakers, the government is to announce.

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, set out plans to challenge the culture of so-called safe spaces in universities, which could allow the newly created Office for Students (OfS) to fine, suspend or register universities that fail to protect freedom of speech on campuses.

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Harlem School of the Arts, Once Shuttered and in Debt, Now Dreams Big

NYTimes - 17 hours 8 min ago
The school has not only recovered from financial woes, but is pivoting from a place that primarily provides arts education to a full-fledged performing arts center.
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Kicked out for being gay then rescued by opera: writer Garth Greenwell's extraordinary awakening

the guardian - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 19:10

Thrown out of his Kentucky home for being gay, the writer felt his life spiralling downwards. Then he took up opera singing – and everything he had been forced to suppress suddenly exploded out

I became an opera singer because I failed ninth-grade English. I was a terrible student, lazy and without any apparent gifts, and my mark fell further because shortly before semester’s end my father discovered I was gay and kicked me out. My parents were divorced, and though my mother would have her own long journey when it came to accepting a gay son, she took me in. Even with a bed to sleep in, though, the change in my situation, and the sudden separation from my father, left little room for study. A guidance counsellor sat me down to explain that as a communications student I wouldn’t be able to graduate on time with a missed semester of English; her suggestion was that I change the focus of my studies. I remember looking over the brochure she handed me and being surprised to see that one possibility was choir – the school had the city’s only high-school performing arts programme. I had never been musical but I had sung in church choir and I remember thinking that, of the choices available, choir would surely be the easiest.

It frightens me a little, to think of all that followed from that choice. The choral director, David Brown, heard something promising in my voice. He started giving me lessons after school, for free – and at a cost to himself I wouldn’t understand until decades later when I worked as a teacher and realised how precious that time must have been. He worked with me on scales and exercises and finally simple songs. He taught me about breath and support, and I felt my voice take on a power and spaciousness that surprised and thrilled me. It was my voice, I felt as I sang, but grander than my voice; it suggested I had unsuspected dimensions. He also introduced me to opera, lending me recordings and video tapes, and in doing so gave me my first real experience of art.

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Supply teachers: ‘I spend £1,000 a year on materials for my pupils’

the guardian - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 18:53

New research shows that 94% of staff pay for essential classroom materials. Five teachers describe how the schools funding crisis is leaving them out of pocket

Would you expect a nurse to have to pay for paracetamol for their patients or a firefighter to foot the bill for the water they use in putting out fires? With the schools budget in England slashed by £2.8bn since 2015 – an average of £53,000 and £178,000 for each primary and secondary school respectively – this is increasingly the reality for teachers.

New research from the National Education Union (the newly merged National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers) and TES has revealed that 94% of teachers are having to pay for school essentials such as books, while 73% are regularly paying for stationery supplies, because their schools are underfunded. For some, expenses total £1,000, while two-thirds have made cash donations – and this comes on top of the 42% of parents who were asked to donate to their children’s school this year. Other parents and carers have been asked to supply teaching equipment such as stationery and books, in addition to essentials such as toilet paper.

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Zone B : les vacances de Pâques décalées dans une cinquième académie, celle de Rennes

lemonde_edu - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 18:25
Comme les académies d’Orléans-Tours, Caen, Nantes et Rouen, celle de Rennes retarde les vacances de printemps, pour éviter une reprise des cours juste avant les 8 et 10 mai, fériés.
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« Un mathématicien aurait-il plus de valeur qu’un historien ou un artiste ? »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 15:10
Malgré les discours sur l’égalité entre les filières, tout bon élève est incité à faire un bac scientifique, le seul à ouvrir toutes les portes. Témoignage de Paul Karras, ex-élève (heureux) d’ES.
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What should I teach my children to prepare them for jobs in their era?

the guardian - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 14:00

I must prepare my sons to race with the robots, and not against them – but that means sending them to schools that are equipped to exceed the averages

Years ago, as a reporter in Seattle, I watched Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer decry Washington state’s education system. He said Microsoft couldn’t hire enough locals because our schools don’t produce the kinds of minds he needed.

At the time, I was angry. He and his cohort, most notably Jeff Bezos of Amazon, contributed serious money to the campaign against a state income tax on the wealthy that would have funneled billions to our schools. Now I feel a pinch deep in my stomach, an emotion so primal I hesitate to name it.

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University interview tips: 'confidence won't make up for flannel'

the guardian - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 13:45

Throw away the script and think before you speak, say admissions interviewers

Interviews are a chance for university applicants to ask questions about the course, meet the academic team and show they deserve a place. They might also be a time to say “um, like” six times every sentence, develop a muscle twitch and get hit by a crippling cough.

To demystify its interview process and soothe students’ nerves, Oxford University last week released its annual sample questions and – crucially – the answers to them. But besides knowing what questions might come up, what else can you do to prepare? And how does this differ at other universities? We spoke to interviewers to find out more.

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Children 'embarrassed by tipsy parents'

bbc education - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 13:36
Adults do not have to drink a lot for children to notice changes in their behaviour, a study says.
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In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News

NYTimes - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 12:05
A new program, aided by companies like Facebook, will aim to teach students how to recognize and stop the sharing of fake news and conspiracy theories.
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Encyclopædia Universalis sort la tête de l’eau

lemonde_edu - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:46
La société s’est relancée en réduisant ses effectifs et en ciblant le monde de l’éducation.
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Tuition fee rise to £9,295 in Wales is scrapped

bbc education - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:45
The education secretary also confirms the income level at which loans have to be repaid will rise.
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Lycée : un rapport plaide pour des sciences éco obligatoires pour tous en seconde

lemonde_edu - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:29
Un avis commandé en 2016, en pleine polémique sur les programmes de sciences économiques et sociales, vient d’être présenté au Conseil supérieur des programmes. Il plaide pour un enseignement plus ouvert des SES. Un sujet sensible.
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La proximité, atout maître des petites universités

lemonde_edu - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 10:50
A l’heure de la mondialisation et de la course aux places dans les classements internationaux, les villes moyennes la jouent « small is beautiful ».
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