Monthly Archives: February 2014

Home schooling is a bad idea, says education expert: From the archive, 13 February 1970

 A father helping his son with his studies.
With teachers on strike, many parents wish they could fill the gap by teaching their own children. Provided there is a clear enough programme of work to follow parents will do just as well as a nonexistent teacher. But this itch to teach is not confined to strike periods. It goes on all the time. Hardly a day passes without a request for a work programme, recommended textbooks, teaching machines for home use, and so on. All over the country

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The School We’d Like competition 2014: announcing the national finalists

 From an outdoor teepee library to paint demonstrations, the finalists of the Guardian Teacher Network and Zurich Municipal The School We’d Like Competition were creative and inspirational.
Following four fantastic regional heats in Newcastle, Birmingham and London, we are very excited to announce the 12 schools going through to the national final of the Guardian Teacher Network and Zurich Municipal The School We’d Like competition.
At the regionals, our judges were tempted with

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I’m proud to have been raised the working-class way | Lola Okolosie

 A ballet lesson in the film Billy Elliot. ‘Apparently, it’s been agreed: parenting the middle-class way is best for all.’
As the 3.15pm bell rings at the end of the school day, delight flashes across nearly all faces. Irrespective of how much they have enjoyed the lesson, students bound out like impalas across an African savanna. This is not a defence of my mediocrity as a teacher: the same scenes of manic joy are replayed daily in schools over the land. I thus hear news of government

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University education: at £9,000 per year, parents begin to question its value

 A Guardian YouGov poll shows that more than half of parents believe tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year are poor value for money.
Parents are struggling to reconcile conflicting views about the value of higher education for their children: more than half believe that fees of up to £9,000 a year represent poor value for money, yet a majority still regard a traditional university education as the best route to a chosen career, according to a YouGov poll.
The survey of parents across all

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Child poverty change ‘put on hold’

Labour claims child poverty is set to rise by 400,000 between 2011 and 2015 The government has unveiled its new child poverty strategy – but plans to change the way it is measured have been put on hold.

Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws accused the Conservatives of “vetoing” improvements and said it was “very frustrating and disappointing”.
Conservative Iain Duncan Smith also backed the move, but it is understood the Treasury blocked it.
The strategy restates the government’s aim

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End the blame game: targeting managers won’t cure universities’ ills

 Protesters vent their fury at University of Sussex managers over education privatisation.
“A misery narrative”. That’s how I heard the prevailing academic discourse on the current state of higher education described recently, as exemplified by an Anonymous Academic in a recent article bemoaning the sacrifice of academic ideals on the altar of corporatisation.
Of course universities have changed dramatically over the last 20 or 30 years, and not always for the better. The twin forces of

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UoP Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA), warns of protest against Azakhel Park grabbing

PESHAWAR: Warning of a protest, the teaching and non-teaching staff of the University of Peshawar on Thursday demanded the provincial government to withdraw the decision of taking back the Azakhel Park from the university and demanded the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to take notice of the issue.

The demand was made at a general body meeting of Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA), Class-III and Class-IV association held on the campus. A walk was also staged after the

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Education faces 10,000 violent attacks

February 2014: Boy with a toy gun in damaged school in Deir al-Zor, Syria There have been almost 10,000 violent attacks on places of education in recent years, according to the biggest ever international study of how schools and universities are targeted by acts of aggression.

These included the murder of staff and students and the destruction of buildings in bomb and arson attacks, in countries including Pakistan, Colombia, Somalia and Syria.
This stark account of violence against education

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Could you name a British black intellectual, now Stuart Hall has gone? | Paul Warmington

 Olaudah Equiano (C 1789) the powerful black intellectual, who played a role in the abolitionist movement.
As a pioneer of cultural studies and coiner of the term “Thatcherism”, Prof Stuart Hall, who died this week, was in the truest sense a public intellectual. He was also something else: probably the only black British intellectual who most people could readily name.
A bit of prompting might produce mention of Paul Gilroy of King’s College, author of The Empire Strikes Back and Black

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Schools manipulating exams system with tactical appeals, says regulator

 Pupils sitting a GCSE exam.
Schools are attempting to manipulate the exams system by issuing spurious appeals against results in an effort to improve their pupils’ grades, the qualifications regulator has said.
Ofqual suggested that the GCSE and A-level appeals process was designed for a “more innocent era” and was being used tactically by teachers under pressure to secure good results.
Its report appears to back claims from headteachers that staff are under excessive stress from the

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