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Lit review – a blistering look at teenage trauma

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 12:12

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Eve Austin is vividly volatile as a schoolgirl adrift over summer holidays in Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning drama for HighTide

Year 9 is said to be the toughest for schoolchildren. The looming GCSE workload hasn’t yet fixed their focus, bodies seem to change by the day, emotions explode and a no man’s land opens up between childhood and adulthood. Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning debut play, Lit, mostly unfolds over the summer holidays bridging years 9 and 10 in a Nottingham secondary. These are weeks that may be spent reading Harry Potter at home, as the sheltered Ruth does, or partying in a field off the A52 with an older boy, which is where Ruth’s unlikely new friend Bex finds herself.

Bex Bentley (“Like the car – proper classy”) can light up a room with her smile and her filthy wit, which is frequently deployed in raging retorts to her beleaguered foster mum, Sylvia. Bex, like Ellerby’s play, can be both as fizzy and sour as the Tangfastic sweets she demands from Dillon, her new boyfriend, before she’ll take her top off.

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As the kids go back to school, let’s all take the chance to refresh

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 11:00

It’s that moment in the year, things are moving on, time to turn a page in life’s new notebook

Three little words that every adult longs to hear: back to school. Words infused with possibility, fear and the smell of strawberry rubbers, they perform a kind of time-machine spell, almost entirely dissociated from a parent’s reality of the new autumn term. Rather than simply a period in which Tesco does a decent two-for-one deal on notebooks, “back to school” is an existential obsession. Without wanting to sound like an ageing cheerleader caked in nostalgia, this time of year has started to inspire in me a kind of yearning for a grown-up equivalent, an opportunity to return, refreshed, and start again.

To bin the uniforms we’ve grown out of, in my case dresses that, instead of making me look cheery and smart, on a body reshaped by time’s mean claw, give me the appearance of Nicholas Lyndhurst dragging up for a Goodnight Sweetheart special. To replace them with new ones suitable for a new term. A chance to look closely at oneself, a year older, and consider who you want to be.

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OKN1, London: ‘These students are our future’ – restaurant review

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 07:30

The young learners working the kitchen at Hoxton’s OKN1 could teach seasoned pros a thing or two

OKN1, 40 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LR (020 7613 9590). Starters £6.50-£8, main courses £11-£15, desserts £3-£6, wines from £22

Few people would describe the building at 40 Hoxton Street as a glamorous landmark, probably not even the architect’s mother. It is a block of yellow brick, with a few glacial cliffs of glass so the light can get in. There are vaguely interesting spindly design features put there, I think, to stop it looking too much like a correctional facility. It is a building with a purpose for which it is fit. So no, not a landmark. Instead, a beacon of hope.

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From the archive: The formation of the Open University, 1970

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 06:10

How we greeted the arrival of ‘do-it-yourself degrees’

It’s been 50 years since the formation of the Open University, now one of the largest universities in Europe. The Observer Magazine of 15 November 1970 looked ahead to the start of operations in January 1971 when ‘25,000 ordinary men and women’ were about to realise ‘the promise of belated academic qualifications’. Alan Road’s piece was headlined ‘Do-it-yourself degrees’ (though aren’t all degrees that?)

One of the first things the OU had to overcome was ignorance about how it would work. As Road put it: ‘It will not be possible to obtain a degree by sitting down for a few nights and watching the telly.’ In fact ‘only 5% of a student’s time will be spent viewing’. Ironically enough, I spent at least 20% of my time at a regular university watching TV.

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Facebook removes altered Conservative advertisement

bbc education - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 18:40
The Tories "misused" the platform when they changed the headline on a BBC News story, the company says.
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Academics are fighting the wrong battle over pensions

the guardian - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 18:00

Retirement benefits are indeed declining, and funds are in deficit. But those on zero-hour jobs at universities have it worse

Britain’s university sector is a jewel in the nation’s crown. It is a world leader in research, generates £20bn in export revenues and is credited with playing a big part in raising the productivity of the UK’s workforce during a period of rapid expansion in the 1990s and 2000s.

So successful have universities been in attracting students – even in the teeth of a huge rise in course fees – that they have managed to paper over deep cracks in their finances.

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How MIT was complicit in allowing Jeffrey Epstein to launder his reputation | John Naughton

the guardian - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 18:00

The financier’s links to the institution are symptoms of a deep malaise in big tech

In the parallel moral universe known as the tech industry, the MIT media lab was Valhalla. “The engineers, designers, scientists and physicians who constitute the two dozen research groups housed there,” burbled the Atlantic in a profile of what it called the Idea Factory, “work in what may be the world’s most interesting, most hyper-interdisciplinary thinktank.” It has apparently been responsible for a host of groundbreaking innovations including “the technology behind the Kindle and Guitar Hero” (I am not making this up) and its researchers “end up pollinating other projects with insights and ideas, within a hive of serendipitous collaboration”.

That was written in 2011. In the last two weeks, we have discovered that some of this groundbreaking work was funded by Jeffrey Epstein, the financial wizard who took his own life rather than face prosecution for sex trafficking and other crimes. It should be pointed out that most of those researchers were entirely unaware of who was funding their work and some of them have been very upset by learning the truth. Their distress is intensified by the discovery that their ignorance was not accidental.

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In First, California Would Require Public Universities to Provide Abortion Pills

NYTimes - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 17:03
The bill, if signed by the governor, would mark a new way of giving women access to abortion as conservative states tighten restrictions
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Equitation : quand le cheval se cabre

lemonde_edu - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 07:00
Le cavalier victime d’un accident doit, pour être indemnisé de son préjudice, démontrer une faute du centre équestre, qui n’est redevable que d’une obligation de sécurité de moyen. Il parvient rarement à prouver que la monture n’était pas adaptée à son niveau.
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World Afro Day: Kids takeover for Big Hair Assembly

bbc education - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 02:17
Children around the world are being educated about afro hair ahead of World Afro Day.
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'Time outs' don't do any harm, parents told

bbc education - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 02:13
If used appropriately, they can be effective in reducing problem behaviour, a US study suggests.
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‘No-one asks new dads how they’re feeling at work’

bbc education - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 00:00
Companies are doing more to support working dads but may overlook postnatal mental illness in men.
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Conservative Party Facebook advert altered BBC headline

bbc education - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 23:30
The party says it is reviewing its Facebook advertising after criticism of the way a BBC story was used.
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Jeffrey Epstein donated $9m to Harvard before 2008 guilty plea, says university

the guardian - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 23:07
  • University rejected proposed gift after his conviction
  • Largest gift was $6.5m for Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

Harvard University received nearly $9m in donations from the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein before his 2008 guilty plea to sex charges, but rejected a proposed gift after his conviction, according to the institution’s president, Lawrence Bacow.

Related: President of MIT admits approving Jeffrey Epstein donation

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Tories misrepresent critical BBC News article in Facebook ad

the guardian - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 21:38

Incorrect figure on school spending used alongside BBC logo and web address

The Conservative party has been funding ads on Facebook that present a BBC News article as endorsing the government’s inflated figure for school spending – when the article actually criticised the figure’s credibility.

Since the beginning of September the Conservative party has paid for ads on Facebook that link to a BBC article on school funding, with the headline “£14 billion pound cash boost for schools” appearing between a photo with the BBC News logo and its web address

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Never mind ‘tax raids’, Labour – just abolish private education | Owen Jones

the guardian - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 18:21

As drivers of inequality, private schools are at the heart of Britain’s problems. Labour must be bold and radical on this

The British class system is an organised racket. It concentrates wealth and power in the hands of the few, while 14 million Britons languish in poverty.

If you are dim but have rich parents, a life of comfort, affluence and power is almost inevitable – while the bright but poor are systematically robbed of their potential. The well-to-do are all but guaranteed places at the top table of the media, law, politics, medicine, military, civil service and arts. As inequality grows, so too does the stranglehold of the rich over democracy. The wealthiest 1,000 can double their fortunes in the aftermath of financial calamity, while workers suffer the worst squeeze in wages since the Napoleonic wars. State support is lavished on rich vested interests – such as the banks responsible for Britain’s economic turmoil – but stripped from disabled and low-paid people. The powerful have less stressful lives, and the prosperous are healthier, expecting to live a decade longer than those living in the most deprived areas.

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Leserdiskussion: Was würden Sie an der Grundschule ändern?

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 13:10

Vor 100 Jahren wurde die vierjährige, "für alle gemeinsame Grundschule" in der Weimarer Verfassung verankert. In einer Zeit des Auseinanderdriftens täte eine längere, verbindende Grundschule der Gesellschaft gut, kommentiert SZ-Autorin Susanne Klein.

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Les enseignants gagnent-ils plus ou moins en France que dans les autres pays ?

lemonde_edu - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 12:39
Une étude de l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE) a donné lieu à des interprétations opposées ces derniers jours dans les médias.
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Vers une recomposition des comités de suivi de Parcoursup

lemonde_edu - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 12:27
Le Comité éthique et scientifique, chargé de travailler sur la transparence de la plate-forme d’admission dans le supérieur, a vu plusieurs de ses membres démissionner ces derniers mois.
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« Enfances de classe » : inégaux dès le berceau

lemonde_edu - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 10:00
La vaste enquête dirigée par le sociologue Bernard Lahire montre avec clarté la façon dont l’enfant construit son rapport au monde, très différent selon la classe sociale dans laquelle il grandit.
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