When Carrie Paechter, a professor at Nottingham Trent University, tweeted two weeks ago that students could register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses, she didn’t anticipate the tirade of anger it would unleash. She was reported to the police and the Electoral Commission, and someone wrote to her vice-chancellor calling for her to be disciplined.
Prof Paechter, who is director of Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families, posted what she thought was an innocuous tweet on a Thursday evening. By Sunday she had blocked 568 people on Twitter who were furiously accusing her of encouraging students to break the law and vote twice. She insists she had no such intention, and simply wanted to ensure students didn’t miss out on voting in the general election, because they didn’t know their rights.Continue reading...
Experiment gets teachers and primary pupils to look at life through ‘gender equality lens’
A class of 10-year-olds are sitting on the carpet looking at their teacher with open mouths. Their faces say: outrage.
Their teacher, Rosemary O’Brien, has put up a statement on the board – a real one, by the Football Association in 1921. Football is “quite unsuitable for females”, it says. Across the classroom, pupils are voicing their disagreement.Continue reading...
Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to an objective version of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis? By Laura Spinney
In its first issue of 2010, the scientific journal Nature looked forward to a dazzling decade of progress. By 2020, experimental devices connected to the internet would deduce our search queries by directly monitoring our brain signals. Crops would exist that doubled their biomass in three hours. Humanity would be well on the way to ending its dependency on fossil fuels.
A few weeks later, a letter in the same journal cast a shadow over this bright future. It warned that all these advances could be derailed by mounting political instability, which was due to peak in the US and western Europe around 2020. Human societies go through predictable periods of growth, the letter explained, during which the population increases and prosperity rises. Then come equally predictable periods of decline. These “secular cycles” last two or three centuries and culminate in widespread unrest – from worker uprisings to revolution.Continue reading...
Even last week Labour was still asking for education policy ideas. Well, here are a few | Fiona Millar
Labour plans to ban private schools and Ofsted – but what does it want instead?
This could be my last general election writing about education policy. If any party gets a big enough majority to last five years, I suspect I might be doing something else by the time it is over.
It is not because I don’t find the subject endlessly fascinating but, after more than 15 years writing about schools, over 40 years actively involved in local and national politics and three decades as a school governor, I know most general elections don’t substantially change much about our education system and this one seems likely to live down to that expectation.Continue reading...
12 November 1932: From Bertrand Russell to Mme Montessori, the expert advice given to parents can be baffling
Mr Fairchild or Mr Barlow, had they been asked for a definition of nursery discipline, would certainly have described something of the “Children should be seen and not heard” and “Do this because I say so” order. But the Fairchild children were often naughty, because papa and his tyrannies – mental and physical – were only repressive, not educative.
The people who believed in beating and starving a child into submission were the people who taught that God would send men to everlasting fire for not conforming to His standard of virtue. The principle is the same. Bertrand Russell, in his brilliant though perhaps biased book On Education, says that “he should certainly be horrified if his boy were half as badly behaved as the children in The Fairchild Family,” and so say all of us.Continue reading...
« Face à l’instrumentalisation du numérique et des neurosciences, les enseignants doivent défendre leur liberté pédagogique »
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The proposed move forms part of its vision for a cradle-to-grave education service
Every adult will be entitled to six years of free study under Labour plans for a radical expansion of lifelong learning, as part of its vision for a cradle-to-grave national education service.
In a speech in Blackpool on Tuesday, the shadow education secretary Angela Rayner will pledge that a Labour government would “throw open the doors” to adult learners to enable them to study and retrain throughout their lives.Continue reading...
Artist says his class photos on show at Tate Britain could be a catalyst for UK schoolchildren
Year 3, Steve McQueen’s “portrait of citizenship” at Tate Britain, could be the catalyst to inspire a new generation of artists, according to the Turner prize and Oscar winner, who said British children deserved access to world-class art education.
McQueen, whose ground-breaking work features portraits of more than 76,000 London schoolchildren and took a year to complete, said Year 3 would help to promote art education in school and the need for diverse work to be included in art institutions.Continue reading...
Gorilla-Bändigerin und Hochgeschwindigkeitsrutscherin, die zudem die seltene Kunst beherrschte, eine Lehrerin mit einer speziellen Sorte Joghurt zu nerven.
Mit dem Digitalpakt kommt drei Jahre nach seiner Erfindung nun endlich die Anschubfinanzierung, auf die viele Schulen gewartet haben. Kein Grund, dem Kaufrausch zu verfallen, warnt der Lehrer Patrick Baarcks.