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Grime over Mozart? Better music lessons 'changed my life'

bbc education - 5 hours 5 min ago
Results of four-year study shows better music education can improve attendance in disengaged pupils.
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Need a college graduation ticket? There's a black market for that

the guardian - 6 hours 7 min ago

Tickets for New York University’s 2019 commencement ceremony are being advertised for as much as $250

It’s graduation season in the United States, which means lots of caps, gowns, pomp and circumstance, corny speeches, selfies – and an underground trade in graduation tickets to top off the celebrations.

Many colleges and universities limit the number of people who can attend a graduation ceremony, providing students with tickets to the event they can distribute to friends and family. These tickets are often transferable, meaning someone can give a ticket to a friend who needs an extra seat. But this also means that students can sell their tickets – though banned by most schools – to get some extra cash.

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White teachers like me should not be policing black pupils’ hair | Holly Rigby

the guardian - 7 hours 8 min ago
New research confirms what I’ve seen as a teacher – many children with afro-textured hair face prejudice in UK schools

Last year, a 12-year-old student was forced to take legal action after he was threatened with suspension by his London school for wearing his hair in dreadlocks. More recently, a six-year-old was sent home from school for having a “skin fade”, a common black hairstyle, because his primary school claimed it would “detract from learning”. Now, new research released by De Montfort University Leiceister has revealed that one in six children with afro-textured hair in the UK are having a bad experience with school hair policies.

Related: London school that told boy to cut off dreadlocks backs down

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‘My headteacher said: “Stop crying – you got into Oxford!”’

the guardian - 7 hours 8 min ago

An estimated 12% of children in care go on to university – compared with 49% of the general population. Three who made it explain how

When Sophia Alexandra Hall received the response to her application for the University of Oxford in 2015, she opened it in front of everyone at her school. “I ran into the canteen and burst into tears,” she says. “I was sobbing, and I remember my headteacher saying: ‘Stop crying – you got into Oxford!’ No one at social services believed me.” As a care leaver, the odds of Hall making it to university, let alone Oxford, were very slim.

As of 31 March 2018, 75,420 children were living in the care system in England. When I lived in children’s homes in Oldham 15 years ago, some care staff were content with children choosing PlayStations over the classroom, and it felt as if they were apathetic to our wellbeing in general. Things haven’t changed much. In September 2018, social care inspectors found that children from a privately managed care home in the town would regularly abscond, were involved in “county lines” drug running and had “minimal engagement” with education.

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La publicité des écoles d’ingénieurs ne vise pas les filles

lemonde_edu - 11 hours 52 min ago
Une jeune fille a beaucoup moins de chances qu’un garçon de voir une publicité en ligne pour une école spécialisée, car les annonces vues par les femmes coûtent plus cher, explique la journaliste du « Monde » Annie Kahn.
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'I hope my burn will make my kids less judgemental'

bbc education - 14 hours 38 min ago
How one man with a facial difference hopes the next generation will be more tolerant.
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Frédéric Thiriez : « Il faut supprimer l’accès direct aux grands corps à la sortie de l’ENA »

lemonde_edu - 15 hours 14 min ago
Mandé par Emmanuel Macron, l’ancien énarque regrette que la haute fonction publique soit « trop cloisonnée » et trop peu diverse.
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'People should love who they want to'

bbc education - 15 hours 39 min ago
Inside a school where the "No Outsiders" diversity programme is taught.
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We Are Middlesbrough: Pregnant teenagers tell their story

bbc education - 16 hours 15 min ago
Robyn and Megan say falling pregnant as teenagers changed their lives for the better.
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The mothers fighting to get their children back from Lebanon

bbc education - 16 hours 54 min ago
The BBC met three mothers who have all had their children taken to Lebanon by their former partners.
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School music lessons should cover hip-hop and grime, says charity

the guardian - 17 hours 6 min ago

Youth Music calls for a focus on ‘Stormzy rather than Mozart’ to engage hard-to-reach pupils

A national charity has called for school music lessons to be overhauled to include grime, electronic music and hip-hop after research found that more inclusive music-making improves attendance among pupils at risk of exclusion.

A four-year study by Youth Music concluded that too many schools fail to include current musical genres and recommended that lessons should focus on “Stormzy rather than Mozart” in order to engage hard-to-reach young people.

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Can Data Ward Off College Debt? New Strategy Focuses on Results

NYTimes - 17 hours 47 min ago
Knowing by major and by program how much money students borrow (and later earn) could shake up the higher education market.
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Teenage Girls and Dating Violence: Why We Should Be Paying Attention

NYTimes - 18 hours 43 min ago
A new study found that 90 percent of young people killed by an intimate partner from 2003 to 2016 were girls.
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LGBT lessons: police chief calls for end to Birmingham protests

the guardian - Τρίτη, 21/05/2019 - 14:40

Chief constable says lawful or unlawful protests have no place outside primary schools

A police chief has said lawful or unlawful protests have no place outside primary schools after recent clashes over the teaching of LGBT lessons.

The chief constable of West Midlands police, Dave Thompson, said a number of criminal offences had taken place outside Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham since Sunday evening.

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Want black students to feel at home? Don't ignore the little things

the guardian - Τρίτη, 21/05/2019 - 14:20

The food in halls or number of local afro hairdressers may sound trivial, but small details shape the student experience

As I ate breakfast on the morning of my Cambridge interview, I took in every detail of the room. It’s not every day you get to eat in a Harry Potter-style great hall. My eyes settled on the portraits that lined the walls. Each was a former college master who, without exception, was an old white man. I remember enjoying the irony that some of these men would have been mortified by my presence in their college.

That said, by accident rather than by design, Oxbridge remains a predominantly white environment: in 2015, nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student. This is usually chalked up to the fact that black students simply don’t apply in great enough numbers. While this is undeniably true, it’s often discussed in an uncritical manner by people who are indifferent as to why this might be.

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Oxford University must become more diverse. But we’re already on the right path | Alan Rusbridger

the guardian - Τρίτη, 21/05/2019 - 14:05
The university’s new initiatives to widen access to under-represented students are a welcome sign of progress

Varaidzo Kativhu is a second-year Oxford University undergraduate with a personal YouTube following of about 26,000 subscribers. An early episode of her weekly bulletins describing her time at university dealt with the issue of whether Oxford is diverse.

“No, no, flat out no,” she said as emphatically as she could. But she also told her viewers: “It is your job to make Oxford diverse.” In other words, “Do what I did: apply to study here and be part of the change.”

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‘It’s cut-throat’: half of UK academics stressed and 40% thinking of leaving

the guardian - Τρίτη, 21/05/2019 - 09:15

Frequent rejection and a loss of control are making university staff isolated and ill, new research shows

When Ed Harris, a management lecturer at a modern university, stopped sleeping and began having marriage problems, he realised he was no longer coping with the pressures of his job.

“Most of the time you handle it, but the anger and unhappiness build up,” says Harris (not his real name). “I was constantly stressed. There was a lot of micromanagement and setting of deadlines and I was always working late and checking emails at all hours.”

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‘Divided Oldham’? Inside the school that defies Farage’s narrative

the guardian - Τρίτη, 21/05/2019 - 09:00
A merged academy in the town derided for being split along racial lines has won the annual Inclusive Schools award

Eighteen years ago two teenagers had an argument over a game of cricket in Oldham, with the dispute spilling into the worst violence the mill town has experienced in its modern history. Three nights of ethnically motivated riots followed, as hooligans from both sides burned barricades and fought police with petrol bombs.

Those were dark days in Oldham. Since then politicians have periodically used the town as an example of a divided Britain – most recently Nigel Farage, who told an audience in Pennsylvania that Oldham had entire streets split along racial lines.

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For poor children, lunch is a rushed butty. For the rich, it’s orchestra and standup | Laura McInerney

the guardian - Τρίτη, 21/05/2019 - 08:45

The demise of the state school lunch hour is yet another obstacle to Oxbridge places

There was justifiable outrage recently when the headteacher of £12,000-a-term Stowe School complained that “social engineering” meant Oxford and Cambridge universities were taking fewer kids from private schools.

Schools are social engineering factories; it’s what they are supposed to do. They take children and batch-improve them so they are ready to join society as adults. And as we all know, it is state school pupils who usually battle against the well-oiled social engineering of the rich.

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‘I felt like a criminal’: the students waiting to be cleared of cheating at English

the guardian - Τρίτη, 21/05/2019 - 08:00

Thousands studying in the UK lost their visas after test results were queried – but a report this week could bring resolution

Farzana Boby describes her life in Bangladesh as a “living hell”. She returned from London two years ago, having spent three years failing to overturn an allegation of cheating by the British government. She is one of thousands of international students forced to abandon their studies and return home who are awaiting the publication of a government watchdog report this week, hopeful that it could mark the start of a resolution to a painful five-year dispute.

Related: Accused of cheating: another immigration scandal? – podcast

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