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At Swedish Preschool, Boys Learn to Dance and Girls Learn to Yell

NYTimes - 12 hours 18 min ago
The state curriculum urges teachers to “counteract traditional gender roles,” and at one school, girls are encouraged to shout “No!” and boys run the play kitchen.
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Secret Teacher: we're setting dyslexic children up to feel like failures

the guardian - 14 hours 17 min ago

Pupils with dyslexia are at a disadvantage in tests, and we don’t have the resources to give them the help they need

It is Monday morning and our year 3 literacy lesson is under way. The child I’m funded to work with is using an iPad while they have a break, watching a show aimed at helping children with additional needs develop communication skills. I walk around the classroom supporting others. We’re looking at using adjectives in Roman myths. Jenny asks how to spell “tiny”; Kearon needs the spelling for “flaming” at the same moment Behnam wants “sanctimonious”.

John is struggling more than the others. Even if I write the word for him he rarely copies it correctly and his letters are back to front, upside down, and sometimes more a squiggle than anything else. Out of the corner of my eye I see him drawing a cartoon on the side of his page. I ask him to start writing. He strings a few words together, and then goes back to drawing. I don’t have any more time to support him because my 1:1 is ready to begin work.

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Cambridge Analytica academic's work upset university colleagues

the guardian - 15 hours 47 min ago

Emails reveal rows over Aleksandr Kogan’s ‘get rich quick scheme’ with Facebook data

One of the world’s best universities is coming under increased pressure over how it handled concerns raised about the mass data harvesting at the heart of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, after a cache of emails revealed heated exchanges between senior academics involved.

The May 2014 emails seen by the Guardian reveal staff at Cambridge University, including a departmental director, challenged the psychologist who collated data belonging to more than 50 million Facebook users over his plans to strike a deal with the parent firm of Cambridge Analytica. In one email confronting Aleksandr Kogan, his activities are branded a “get rich quick” scheme.

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University tuition fees: Why I crowdfunded my degree

bbc education - 18 hours 28 min ago
Jo Garner was determined to go to university but she couldn't afford the fees.
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Almost 30,000 lone parent families made homeless in England in 2017

bbc education - 21 hours 31 min ago
Charity Shelter said single parents were bearing the brunt of the housing crisis.
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Universities offer to maintain pension benefits while peace talks continue

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 20:36

Universities UK makes offer in order to end 14 days of disruptive strike action until end of summer term

Universities have made fresh proposals to staff in an effort to end strikes set to disrupt the exam season next term – including an offer to maintain the pension benefits at the heart of the dispute while discussions continue.

Universities UK (UUK), representing employers with staff members belonging to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), has made the improved offer after its previous attempt to end the strike at more than 60 universities was rebuffed earlier this month.

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Toby Young quits New Schools Network, citing media pressure

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 19:48

Departure of free school champion follows controversy over his comments about women and eugenics

Toby Young has stepped down from his government-funded job as head of a charity supporting new free schools, blaming the pressure of media attention.

The journalist’s decision to leave the New Schools Network follows the controversy that erupted earlier this year when Young was appointed a director of the universities regulator, which catapulted his lurid comments on women and eugenics into the public spotlight.

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WeGeneration work, rest and play together in Adam Neumann's empire

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 19:22

New York entrepreneur has big plans to turn his office rental business into a provider of homes, leisure and education

Adam Neumann isn’t satisfied with changing the way 210,000 people work and turning himself into a paper multi-billionaire in the process. Neumann, the 38-year-old co-founder and chief executive of shared office provider WeWork, wants to house, teach, train and party with the “WeGeneration”.

In less than eight years Neumann, a dyslexic who could not read until he was seven, has turned an idea for a single “eco-friendly co-working space” in Brooklyn into a $20bn (£14bn) company which runs 230 shared office spaces in 71 cities .

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Best teacher in the world Andria Zafirakou: ‘Build trust with your kids – then everything else can happen’

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 19:10

After the London art teacher won her $1m prize, she was showered with praise by Theresa May and the education secretary – but she is exactly the kind of teacher this government actively discourages

Andria Zafirakou has been functioning on three hours’ sleep a night for weeks, but looks radiant. “It’s adrenaline, it’s excitement, it’s everything.” Nominated by current and former colleagues for the Varkey Foundation’s annual Global Teacher prize, dubbed the Nobel for teaching, last month Zafirakou learned she had been shortlisted from a field of more than 30,000 entries. She flew out to Dubai last week to join nine other finalists from all over the world for a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by Trevor Noah, and arrived home on Wednesday the winner of the $1m prize. The nominees were judged on, among other things, the progress made by pupils, achievements outside the classroom and in helping children become “global citizens”.

Politicians and dignitaries, the media and 100 of her schoolchildren were waiting to welcome her at Heathrow, from where she was whisked straight to parliament to meet Theresa May. The prime minister and education secretary’s praise for the arts and textiles teacher could not have been more lavish; she is, declared Damian Hinds, “truly inspiring”.

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Is there still time to save the Open University from slow strangulation? | Steven Rose

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 16:25
Plans to cut staff and courses threaten the OU’s specific mission of making tertiary education open to all

The report that the Open University plans to axe more than a third of its courses and slash its teaching staff makes grim reading for anyone who cares about the consequences for its original mission of making tertiary education open to all. Of course, the cuts must be set in the context of what has been happening to higher education as a whole, but there is clearly a danger that the OU’s unique contribution to public education over the half-century since it was created will be lost.

Related: Open University plans major cuts to number of staff and courses

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'Allow imaginations to lead': igniting the creative spark in young writers

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 14:01

The focus on targets is restricting creativity in the classroom – but schools can still make space to encourage self-expression

At Bridge Academy in London, a group of year 9 students are writing speeches. Later, they’ll deliver them to an audience of MPs and activists at the Houses of Parliament. Students plan to speak about racial profiling, cuts to the NHS and why the education system needs to change. Others will describe why they enjoy football or learning about music. It’s part of the Speak Up initiative, run by charity Ministry of Stories, which aims to inspire students to develop confidence in their creative writing skills by working with local authors and poets.

Related: How are you getting students excited about writing? Send us your pictures

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Fiches Avenir sur Parcoursup : quel est le rôle du conseil de classe ?

lemonde_edu - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 12:49
Prof de sciences économiques au lycée et blogueur, Claude Garcia détaille l’avis que doivent désormais rendre professeurs principaux et proviseurs sur les vœux d’orientation postbac des élèves.
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A Toulouse, la paralysie de l’université du Mirail

lemonde_edu - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 12:32
Le ministère a pris la main et nommé un administrateur provisoire à l’université Jean-Jaurès. Une assemblée générale a voté jeudi 22 mars la reconduction du blocage du campus toulousain.
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Was bei einem Auslandsjahr in den USA schiefgehen kann

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 12:01

Für viele Schüler ist ein Auslandsjahr die Gelegenheit, ein neues Land kennenzulernen und selbstständiger zu werden. Was bei der Planung zu beachten ist.

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Calculators 'a plus' for young mathematicians after all

bbc education - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 10:42
Academics found calculators can also help students become better at problem solving.
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I was warned that my university was a PhD factory. Now I understand why | Academics Anonymous

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 09:30

More senior academics warned that my university cared more about cheap labour than launching academic careers. It turns out they were right

As I reluctantly consider quitting academia after a year-long research fellowship, I find myself recalling a drug dealer’s line in the film Withnail and I: “If you’re hanging on to a rising balloon, you’re presented with a difficult decision – let go before it’s too late or hang on and keep getting higher, posing the question: how long can you keep a grip on the rope?” His words describe my dilemma: do I hold on to my dream of a permanent university lectureship or abandon it as illusory and hazardous to my mental health?

I’m not, of course, the first postdoc to feel this way. As I neared the end of my doctorate in 2013, I read an essay by Rebecca Schuman, which argued that “getting a literature PhD will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor”. Her article added to an expanding genre known as quit lit, which reflects the growing disillusionment of many academics with university culture.

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Learning on the job: how to take your teaching career to the next level

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 09:30

From finding the right support networks to expanding your skillset, experts share advice on professional development

Teachers, like their students, are always learning. But how can you use this to boost your professional development? Where might you find opportunities to develop leadership skills or take on more responsibility? And how do you get the support you need?

In our recent online Q&A, we brought together a panel of experts to share their advice. Here’s a roundup of the discussion.

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Selective schools make no difference to GCSE results, study says

the guardian - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 08:00

Analysis undercuts argument that grammar schools are needed for the brightest pupils to reach their full academic potential

Selective schools make no difference to pupils’ GCSE results, according to a scientific analysis that undercuts the argument that grammar schools are necessary for the brightest pupils to reach their full academic potential.

The study showed that the 7% difference in performance on GCSE results between selective schools (private and grammar) and comprehensives was almost entirely explained by differences in the ability and family income of the pupils. Once these factors were accounted for, the value added by selective schools dropped to less than 1%.

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Child poverty: 'Mummy's not got money'

bbc education - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 07:41
The parents in Oldham who struggle to buy food and basic necessities for their children.
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Girl Shot at Maryland School Will Be Taken Off Life Support, Family Says

NYTimes - Fri, 23/03/2018 - 06:07
The parents of Jaelynn Willey, 16, who was shot at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md., said she was “brain dead and has nothing, no life, left in her.”
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