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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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Teachers risk dying in classrooms if illnesses ignored, union told

the guardian - Sat, 20/04/2019 - 17:21

Sickness and later retirement endanger health, says teacher who had triple heart bypass

Teachers in the UK run the risk of “dying in their classrooms” if they are forced to work through serious illnesses, a teaching union conference has been told after a member revealed dramatic evidence.

Neil Jeffrey, a secondary school teacher, opened his shirt to show the scars left by a triple heart bypass operation he underwent 10 weeks ago, during a debate on a motion about age discrimination against older teachers.

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Since Columbine, Fears of School Violence Have Grown. Research Shows That Schools Are Safer.

NYTimes - Sat, 20/04/2019 - 10:00
The panic of mass shootings has ramped up efforts to secure schools. But anxieties remain high, even as federal data shows that schools are less violent.
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An inspirational talk made me want to work in human rights

the guardian - Sat, 20/04/2019 - 09:00

Sara Kenny, 23, earns £8,700 working for a charity while studying for a master’s degree in human rights and political science

Name: Sara Kenny
Age: 23
Occupation: Part-time student and digital content campaign manager
Salary: £8,700

I realised part way through my zoology degree that I didn’t see a long-term career in it. I wasn’t as passionate about zoology as some fellow students, who ate, breathed and slept it. After university I took a gap year and continued to live in Liverpool as I loved it. I was working at Tesco and taking on as much overtime as possible to pay my rent. I had zero work-life balance and no time to research what master’s I wanted to study. I ended up moving back home to Derry to save money and got a transfer to the local Tesco.

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One in four teachers 'experience violence from pupils every week'

the guardian - Sat, 20/04/2019 - 08:00

Many say poor behaviour is making them want to leave the profession, NASUWT finds

One in four teachers in the UK say they experience physical violence from their pupils at least once a week, and many say poor behaviour is making them want to leave the profession, according to figures compiled by a teaching union.

The NASUWT union found that 24% of the nearly 5,000 teachers who sent in feedback said they were on the receiving end of physical attacks each week. Many reported that they had been “shoved or barged”, and a significant percentage said they had been hit, punched or kicked.

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Teachers face weekly violence from pupils, says survey

bbc education - Sat, 20/04/2019 - 02:17
Many more say verbal abuse is part of daily working life, a teachers' union survey finds.
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The Guardian view on Lyra McKee’s murder: she should have been the future | Editorial

the guardian - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 20:30
The death of a young journalist at the hands of dissident republicans is a tragedy linked to the province’s ongoing political crisis

The murder of the 29-year-old Northern Irish journalist and author Lyra McKee late last night is a tragedy for those who knew her. But her shooting, during rioting in Derry, is of political as well as terrible personal significance. There could hardly be a starker warning that while the Troubles may have officially ended with the Good Friday agreement 21 years ago, the risk of further violence remains.

Ms McKee should have been part of the future. A self-described “ceasefire baby”, too young to have her own memories of the 1970s and 1980s, she brought curiosity and courage to her explorations of Northern Ireland’s history. Having grown up off a stretch of the Antrim Road in north Belfast known as the Murder Mile, she wrote about the sharp rise in suicides that came with peace and argued that trauma was part of her generation’s inheritance. But she was determined to rise above the sectarianism and narrow-mindedness of the past. Her investigation of children who vanished during the Troubles, The Lost Boys, is due to be published next year.

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Digitales Lernen: Wer einen Text interpretieren will, muss ihn ausdrucken

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 19:47

Mehr und mehr Schüler werden an Tablets und Whiteboards unterrichtet. Sie haben viele Vorteile - taugen aber nicht für alle Formen der Textarbeit.

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Lyra McKee didn’t die in the cause of Irish ‘freedom’. She was Irish freedom | Susan McKay

the guardian - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 16:14

How dare dissident republicans claim to ‘respect’ the writer. They have silenced a woman who told the stories of their forgotten victims

“Derry tonight. Absolute madness.” That was Lyra McKee’s last tweet as she stood beside a police Land Rover watching young boys in masks hurling petrol bombs that smashed and flared on to the streets of the city she loved. Then, out of the shadows, a gunman emerged, knelt down and started shooting. Lyra, who had stayed to witness events rather than go home and write about them, was hit. Police got her into a Land Rover and the driver bravely plunged it through a burning barricade to get her to Altnagelvin hospital. But it was too late. She died soon after arriving.

Related: Lyra McKee: a proud and critical Northern Irish journalist

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Deux écoliers grièvement blessés par la chute d’un arbre près de Montauban

lemonde_edu - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 11:23
Les élèves jouaient autour du marronnier centenaire durant la récréation lorsque le tronc de l’arbre s’est cassé, pour une raison inconnue, tombant sur trois élèves. L’un d’eux a dû être amputé de la jambe.
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A topless photo ruined this teacher's career. Now she's speaking out

the guardian - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 08:00

Lauren Miranda says what should have been an innocuous photo spun out of control – and would have a different outcome for a man in her position

Lauren Miranda’s nightmare began as a school day like any other. She was teaching math during first period at Bellport middle school on Long Island, New York, when she received a text from a friend in another building. There was a nude photo going around, and kids were saying it was her.

“I just thought it was impossible,” Miranda told the Guardian. “I was almost offended that she thought it was a picture of me.”

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Suppression de l’ENA : la mixité sociale au cœur des débats

lemonde_edu - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 07:19
Les CSP supérieures y sont surreprésentées, à l’inverse des enfants d’ouvriers ou d’employés. Comment expliquer que l’école, créée dans un esprit de démocratisation de l’accès à la haute fonction publique, en arrive à de tels écarts ?
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« Supprimer l’ENA sans la remplacer, un énième effet de communication »

lemonde_edu - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 05:05
Ancienne élève de l’Ecole nationale d’administration, l’écrivaine Adeline Baldacchino estime, dans une tribune au « Monde », que s’en prendre à la haute fonction publique ne calmera pas la colère des « gilets jaunes ».
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One in five teachers using own money for school supplies – report

the guardian - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 02:01

Staff also buying breakfasts, winter coats and soap for poor pupils, says teaching union

One in five teachers are spending their own money on classroom supplies, while nearly half say they buy food, clothes and even soap for poor pupils, according to a report charting the effects of austerity on schools.

Among the more than 4,300 teachers who responded to the NASUWT education union, 20% said they paid for resources such as paper or books used in their lessons at least once a week, with half of those saying they did so “several times a week”.

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Teachers 'paying for resources out of own money'

bbc education - Fri, 19/04/2019 - 01:59
One in five teachers buys lesson materials once a week, a survey by the NASUWT union suggests.
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English schools will see 'super-sized' classes, warns teachers' union

the guardian - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 18:38

Secondary class sizes reaching 40-year peak compounded by funding crisis, says NEU

Secondary schools in England will see a 40-year peak in class sizes due to a sharp increase in pupil numbers compounded by the growing funding crisis, teachers’ leaders have warned.

Kevin Courtney, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), predicted that significantly more secondary school pupils would find themselves being taught in “super-sized classes”, which will “enrage” parents.

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