Immer samstags versammelt Petra Becker Kinder aus Syrien in einem Klassenzimmer in Berlin. Und lernt mit ihnen - ganz ohne Druck.
Eine Gruppe Göttinger Professoren rebelliert gegen die Wahl des neuen Uni-Chefs - und meint eigentlich die moderne Hochschulkultur. Szenen aus einer Seifenoper, in der es immer auch ums Grundsätzliche geht.
Erziehungsminister Rafi Peretz will die Schüler in seinem Sinne bilden - mit Bibelstunden und Nationalstaatskunde.
Leading doctors say schools should not allow in children who have not had vaccination
The MMR jab should be compulsory for children before they are allowed to start primary school to stop the resurgence of measles and mumps, leading GPs are demanding.
Schools should ask all parents to prove their four- or five-year-old has had their two recommended doses of the vaccine before they can attend, they say in a letter to ministers seen by the Guardian.Continue reading...
Healthier children, better wages, stronger local economies, sustainable food – the fight for all of them starts with school lunches
Across the country millions of children are returning to school with the promise that school lunch will be “great again”. For the Trump administration, this means adding salt, fat and sugar to the very same school lunches the Obama administration worked to make healthier.
But not everyone agrees that yielding to the concerns of big food lobbyists is the path to school lunch greatness, including the coalition of states and advocacy organizations that sued the Trump administration over the rollback of school lunch standards, as well as a growing number of parents who want schools to do more than just reheat frozen food manufactured in faraway factories.Continue reading...
The former children’s commissioner for England has called for an investigation into early years education amid concerns about a staff recruitment crisis in nurseries due to lack of training and low morale.
Sir Al Aynsley-Green accused the government of denying the importance of children’s early years and depriving the most vulnerable in society of the support they need when very young. Aynsley-Green, a paediatric endocrinologist who served as the children’s commissioner for England from 2005 to 2009, said an independent national inquiry was needed to investigate the realities of early years provision, which he described as a postcode lottery.Continue reading...
There were plenty of shaking heads on the opposition benches when Sajid Javid claimed that his review of Whitehall spending meant “we are turning the page on austerity and beginning a new decade of renewal”.
The thinktanks that pore over the government’s finances were kind to the chancellor, agreeing that a £13.8bn, above-inflation increase in Whitehall budgets meant a page had been turned. But they emphasised that there was a long way to go before ministers would see the back of austerity.Continue reading...
Each university has its own horror story: the freshers who had chillies rubbed on their genitals; the students forced to apple bob for a dead rat in a barrel of cider; the hockey players who had cooking oil poured into their eyes; or the new recruits made to down drinks that had been mixed with dog food or had live goldfish in them.
Not only do such degrading, and often dangerous, initiation ceremonies persist, anecdotal evidence suggests they are becoming more pernicious. Some unfortunate freshers arriving at university this month will be forced to perform even more outlandish rituals than their predecessors to join a club or society.Continue reading...
Will Hutton hits the nail on the head (“The sheer scale of the crisis facing our decrepit constitution has been laid bare”, Comment). Our “constitution” is palpably broken and needs replacing. The key elements he wants in the new version are precisely those we have needed for a long time: federalism, an elected head of state and a fair voting system.
While priority must be given to ensure that we do not crash out of the EU on 31 October, the need for a Speaker’s conference to draft a new constitution should be pretty high on the agenda. One is reminded of the Tennis Court Oath taken by the members of the French Third Estate in 1789 when they vowed not to dissolve until they had given their country a constitution. MPs would do well to swear something similar this week.
Joi Ito exits after reports claim lab worked to hide extent of Epstein donations
The director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, Joi Ito, has reportedly resigned in the wake of continued scrutiny over the center’s financial relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The prestigious university center had admitted to accepting some financial donations from Epstein, despite the financier’s history of pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from a child.Continue reading...
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes has called on the government and the publishing industry to do more about the UK’s “shameful” adult literacy record. In 2018, Moyes, writer of global hits including Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, donated three years of funding to charity the Reading Agency for its Quick Reads scheme, saving it from closure when its previous sponsorship ran out.
While she was “proud to be able to help out as a private individual”, she is furious at what she calls governmental and industry failure to understand the importance of Quick Reads.Continue reading...
Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas
Anne Longfield’s ‘manifesto’ includes anti-gang measures and mental health support
Schools should install police officers to assist those who are most vulnerable to gangs, the children’s commissioner for England has said.
Anne Longfield set out her six-point plan to transform children’s welfare in the UK, which included a call for schools to stay open seven days a week in order to help students in most need of support, while criticising politicians for prioritising Brexit over the needs of vulnerable children.Continue reading...
Nicholas Williams hat an drei Waldorfschulen unterrichtet - ehe er sich entsetzt abwandte.
Ofsted figures prompt concern that illegal ‘off-rolling’ to boost results may be continuing
More than 10,000 children in England disappeared from schools at a “critical stage” of their GCSE courses, according to Ofsted, raising fears that schools are continuing to illegally “off-roll” pupils to improve exam results.
Analysis published by the schools inspectorate found that 20,000 pupils left or moved state schools between year 10 and year 11, when GCSEs are taken. But Ofsted said that 51% of the children could not be traced to other state schools – meaning they had joined independent schools or were being home-schooled.Continue reading...