Category Archives: Archived


Nov

10

2016

Jeremy Paxman 'baffled' by students' University Challenge boycott

Jeremy Paxman says the claims might relate to comments he made about a team mascot during a break in filming. Photograph: David Hartley/Rex Features Jeremy Paxman has said he is baffled by students voting to boycott University Challenge over claims he made misogynistic and sexist comments to previous team members. The University of Reading students’ union this week voted 120 to 105 in favour of…

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Nov

10

2016

The Spy Who Loved Me: The Slippery Slope of Digital Surveillance

By NICK WINGFIELD November 9, 2016 SEATTLE — In the middle of a long bicycle ride several weeks ago, I pulled over for a rest and took out my iPhone to send a text message to my wife. I had a feeling she might be watching me. “If you’re checking my location, I’m not dead,” I wrote to her. “I’m getting coffee on Mercer Island.” As it…

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Nov

09

2016

Cambridge students build a 'lawbot' to advise sexual assault victims

LawBot: the creation of Ludwig Bull, Rebecca Agliolo, Nadial Abdul and Jozef Maruscak. Photograph: LawBot “Hi, I’m LawBot, a robot designed to help victims of crime in England.” While volunteering at a school sexual consent class, Ludwig Bull, a law student at the University of Cambridge, was inspired to build a chatbot that offers free legal advice to students. He enlisted the help of four…

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Nov

09

2016

Tutor-proof 11-plus test is 'holy grail', says schools minister

MPs on the education select committee are looking at government plans to overturn the grammar school ban. Photograph: David Davies/PA A tutor-proof 11-plus test to determine whether a pupil should gain admission to grammar school does not yet exist and, according to the schools minister, Nick Gibb, remains “the holy grail” of selective education. Gibb was giving evidence on Tuesday to MPs on the Commons…

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Nov

09

2016

Ofsted wrong to penalise Islamic school over gender segregation, court rules

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA A high court judge has ruled that Ofsted inspectors were wrong to penalise an Islamic faith school because of their “erroneous” view that segregation of boys and girls amounted to unlawful discrimination. But Mr Justice Jay allowed Ofsted, the body that regulates schools in England, to publish the rest of its inspection report placing…

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Nov

08

2016

Tef: dump the pointless metrics and take a hard look at casualisation

If staff have no time to engage with students, learning suffers. Photograph: Alamy The government claims that its new Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef) will put students at the “heart of the system”. Unfortunately, the metrics being used for the Tef tell us little about teaching quality and nothing about how we could improve things. For example, what does a “future employment” metric actually tell us…

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Nov

08

2016

'We're preparing for the worst': urban heads await funding changes

Schools are cutting subjects such as music and art to make ends meet. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer Peter Haylock is worried. He is executive principal of Fulham College Academy Trust, an umbrella organisation for three secondary schools in south-west London. Like schools throughout the country, his are facing higher costs as the result of a 1% increase in teachers’ salaries, and an increase…

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Nov

08

2016
Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign

Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign

A child receives the second dose of the vaccine against cholera in Saut d’Eau, Haiti, in a 2014 campaign. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images Haiti today is launching the largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign ever attempted. The plan is to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in parts of the country devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Immediately after the Category 4 storm…

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Nov

08

2016
Should I Trust Wikipedia With My Health?

Should I Trust Wikipedia With My Health?

Enlarge this image Millions of people use Wikipedia for medical advice, but what they find there isn’t always accurate. Victoria Milko/NPR hide caption toggle caption Victoria Milko/NPR Dr. James Heilman isn’t an easy man to get hold of — he kept offering us odd, off-hour windows of availability to do a phone interview. When we finally connected, he explained: He works the night shift as…

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Nov

08

2016

Ofsted chief warns schools over use of 'alternative provision' for challenging pupils

Sir Michael Wilshaw said some people were ‘lining their pockets’ while offering inadequate provision to at-risk children. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Vulnerable pupils with challenging behaviour are being offloaded by schools that move them into inappropriate alternative settings with inexperienced staff who are not equipped to deal with them, according to the chief inspector of schools. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of the schools watchdog Ofsted,…

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