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How the Green New Deal was hatched in a London bar – podcast

the guardian - Τρίτη, 23/04/2019 - 05:00

In 2007, over a friendly drink, the Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, came up with a radical plan to address the effects of the financial crisis and climate change. He called it the Green New Deal. Plus: the Guardian’s education correspondent on why schools are going to test four-year-olds

In 2007, Larry Elliott met a friend to discuss the financial crisis. Over the course of the evening, and several drinks, they cooked up the Green New Deal – a plan to deal with the effects of the economic crisis and the threat of climate change. They formed the Green New Deal Group and, though Gordon Brown and Barack Obama briefly flirted with the idea, it did not progress much further.

But in 2018, the youngest US congresswoman in history, the Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, picked it up and the idea has been gaining traction ever since. Ocasio-Cortez’s plan mixes old and new. She wants a living-wage job for anyone who wants one; universal healthcare; and basic income programmes as part of a “detailed national, industrial, economic mobilisation plan” that would ensure the US is powered by 100% renewable electricity, and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing, agriculture and other industries.

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Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 21:00

Swedish activist says world faces ‘existential crisis’ and must achieve goals of Paris deal

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, has given her support for a general strike for the climate, saying the student movement she inspired needs more support from older generations to ensure politicians keep their promises under the Paris agreement.

Speaking at a public event in London as Extinction Rebellion protests continued in the capital, the initiator of the school strike for climate movement was typically frank about the scale of the problem the world faces and the impact her campaign has made. “People are slowly becoming more aware, but emissions continue to rise. We can’t focus on small things. Basically, nothing has changed,” she said.

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Lesen: Wegweiser im Wörterlabyrinth

sueddeutsche_bild - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 19:47

Was beim Lesenlernen hilft - und welche Förderung eher gut gemeint als gut gemacht ist. Ein Gastbeitrag.

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Schule: Sorgenkinder

sueddeutsche_bild - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 19:47

Ohne sie geht es nicht mehr: Weil immer mehr Schüler und Lehrer seelische Probleme haben, sind Psychologen im Schulbetrieb unverzichtbar. Über die Aufgaben in einem schwierigen Beruf.

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'We teach the hard way': prison coding initiative launches in Teesside

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 16:38

Innovative scheme is Europe’s first to train convicts to code and connect them with employers

Prisoners in English jails are being taught computer code to give them the chance to earn up to £600 a day and plug a major shortage of web developers on release.

Code 4000, the first European initiative to train convicts to code and connect them with employers in the outside world, has just launched in HMP Holme House in Stockton, Teesside, where students including Mark Robinson are learning how to build websites.

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Derrière les portes de la salle polyvalente : « Madame, c’est rare, rare, rare ce qu’on a vécu… »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 15:00
« Le Monde » passe plusieurs mois au collège Doisneau, à Clichy-sous-Bois, pour raconter le quotidien d’un établissement d’éducation prioritaire. Quatrième épisode.
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Can you solve it? The puzzle that is Donald Trump

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 09:10

Reinventing the tangram

The tangram was the first ever puzzle craze – and it is still going strong.

You may have come across it before. You are shown a shape, and you must arrange seven pieces – five triangles, a square and a rhombus – to make that shape.

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On the first Stephen Lawrence Day, let’s admit our communities are still unequal | Doreen Lawrence

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 08:00

We must build a society that doesn’t exclude anyone on grounds of race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability or background

The 22nd of April is the first National Stephen Lawrence Day – a day commemorating the life of my son, Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in an unprovoked racist attack.

Stephen’s story is both tragic and inspirational. But I wish for Stephen’s name not to be identified just with his murder, but with the impact he has left on this country and the hope and inspiration he continues to give many young people.

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Our schools are beyond breaking point – where is the outrage? | John Harris

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 22/04/2019 - 08:00

Bone-headed reforms and deep cuts have left our education system is a scandalous state of disrepair

Last summer, as the politics of Britain’s exit from the EU staggered on and England’s World Cup run offered some kind of respite, I spent an afternoon in Brownhills, near the West Midlands town of Walsall. I was there to try to get beyond the deafening inanities of Brexit, and report on the mounting financial crisis facing England’s education system. At Millfield primary school, everything once again became clear.

Millfield serves a deprived catchment area, and is the kind of place whose everyday magic becomes obvious as soon as you walk in. It has an imaginative approach to education and a track record of helping children in difficult circumstances. Despite its location among tarmac and trunk roads, it specialises in outdoor activities such as canoeing and hiking. But the day I was there, all the talk was of which bits of its provision would have to go. Its headteacher, Michelle Sheehy, was blunt: “We’re heading for a £200,000 deficit. So we need to cut.”

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Etudiants étrangers : la hausse controversée des frais d’inscription publiée au Journal officiel

lemonde_edu - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 20:19
Plusieurs universités françaises ont déjà fait savoir qu’elles n’appliqueraient pas la réforme.
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Easter Sats revision classes 'a growing trend'

bbc education - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 19:56
The NASUWT teachers' union says primary pupils should be spending time at home with their families.
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Year 6 pupils spend Easter at school cramming for Sats

the guardian - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 19:30

Teaching officials angry that children are having to attend revision classes over holidays

Children at hundreds of primary schools in England are being asked to attend Sats revision classes over the Easter holidays, a teaching union official has revealed, warning that it was part of a disturbing trend.

Darren Northcott, the NASUWT national officer for education, said revision classes for primary school pupils were unheard of five years ago but that he now knew of hundreds of cases of pupils in their final year of primary – Year 6 – being asked in for “cramming” by their schools ahead of the tests next month.

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Female teachers need protection from sexual harassment, says union

the guardian - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 15:35

Call for ‘upskirting’ videos to be taken more seriously by schools and government

Female teachers are not being protected against “upskirting” videos and other forms of online sexual harassment by pupils, the leader of one of the UK’s main teaching unions has said, calling for schools and governments to take the issue more seriously.

Chris Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT, said her organisation had found multiple instances of women being subjected to upskirting by pupils in secondary schools, including by some as young as 11, and cases where teachers’ faces had been digitally Photoshopped on to pornographic images.

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More female teachers report upskirting, says union

bbc education - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 14:10
The NASUWT union says schools should consider banning mobile phones to protect staff and pupils.
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Messaging apps ‘expose teachers to aggression from parents’

the guardian - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 11:00
Union says members are receiving angry late-night messages

The rapid spread of email and messaging apps has triggered a surge in parents sending aggressive queries to their children’s teachers and demanding immediate answers, according to a teaching union.

Chris Keates, the general secretary of NASUWT, said her members had reported an increase in messages being sent via specialist school apps such as Class Dojo from parents. Often these message are sent as late as 1am and contain complaints about having to fill out forms or about the disciplining of their child.

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As Brexit absorbs all political energy and guile, the country’s problems mount | Anne McElvoy

the guardian - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 10:00
Paralysed in a quest to fulfil its EU destiny, the governement has allowed other serious items on its agenda to fall into an abyss

We can all list our favourite reasons why the Brexit promised in the pale dawn sunlight of June 2016 has not turned out to be a walk in the park or even a final date with EU destiny. But whatever we now think of the outcome of the referendum, we are all trapped in the old Indian saying about the banyan tree – under its shade little new can grow. Sometimes, I miss my role writing about politics of the kind that was not just about meaningful(ish) votes, all-or-nothing dates leading to the next cliff edge, scoldings from EU leaders, and whether Theresa May is on her way out, only to be there the next week and off on another walking holiday.

One day political archaeologists will dig into the frozen tundra and find the remains of government activity preserved under the permafrost. It might well start with HS2, which was once a glorious project slashing commuting times to Birmingham, with vague promises of what it might achieve for “the North”. (Westminster has a terminology as inexact as Narnia for areas outside the south-east.) Now, unnoticed by all but high-speed train-spotters, the project’s completion cost, date, capacity, speed and even where it should terminate in London are in question. Sir Terry Morgan, the outgone chairman, has described the price tag as a “guesstimate”. New sums suggest the cost might rise from £56bn to nearly twice that amount, before we add on trains and power costs.

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Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools. That Started a Rebellion.

NYTimes - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 10:00
Public schools in Kansas rolled out a web-based learning platform backed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Now students have staged walkouts and sit-ins. Their parents have organized.
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Dixie school district: why it took 22 years to change a name in liberal California

the guardian - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 09:00

A moniker associated with the Confederacy is finally being eliminated after a decades-long battle over its origins

The first record of someone in San Rafael raising an eyebrow at the name of the Dixie school district – whose name is synonymous with the Confederacy – dates back to 1863, a month after its founding and two years into the American civil war.

“It is supposed, by the ominous name, that the young ideas are here to be ‘trained how to shoot’ you,” wrote the Red Bluff Independent, in its 11 December edition.

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ENA: The elite French school that trains presidents

bbc education - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 02:30
ENA is a finishing school for French leaders - but its days of elitism may be numbered.
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Inside the school for bullied children

bbc education - Sun, 21/04/2019 - 02:13
Two teenagers explain how a tiny specialist school gave them the confidence to continue their education.
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