27 juillet 2017

Coding the curriculum: new computer science GCSE fails to make the grade

The ConversationDespite computing education in UK schools going through a massive revolution over the past few years to try and make it more relevant to our increasingly technology driven lives, the new GCSE in computer science has failed to attract much interest from students. More...

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Elite public schools that rely on entry exams fail the diversity test

The ConversationThe jewels in many an urban school district’s crown are their exam schools, competitive public schools that base enrollment on test scores. With a school like New York’s Stuyvesant, Boston Latin or Walter Payton (in Chicago) on their transcript, students are grouped with other, high-achieving peers, receive rigorous instruction and complete several Advanced Placement courses – all helping to clear a straight path to college and career success. More...

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Why just speaking English isn’t going to cut it anymore

The ConversationBritain is facing an uncertain future and an uneasy relationship with Europe after Brexit and the latest general election. Among other things, a key determiner of the success of Brexit will be the UK’s ability to conduct negotiations without language barriers. But the country’s woeful inability to learn languages, and the decline in foreign language learning among school and university students across Britain, does not bode well. More...

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Academics fear the value of knowledge for its own sake is diminishing

The ConversationCompound this with the reorganisation of higher education – where universities are run more like businesses – along with the politics of austerity, and it may be little surprise that the sector is said to be in crisis. More...

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TEF: everything you need to know about the new university rankings

The ConversationThe results of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) have now been announced. Universities across the UK have been ranked gold, silver or bronze based on the quality of their teaching, learning and student experience. More...

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Welsh schools: an approach to bilingualism that can help overcome division

The ConversationBeing a Welsh-English bilingual isn’t easy. For one thing, you hear that encouraging others to learn your language is detrimental both to their education and wellbeing. For another, to speak a minority language such as Welsh you need to constantly make the effort to be exposed to it and maintain your bilingualism. More...

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Twenty years on from the first book, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers

The ConversationA quick Google search revealed that this powerful adage – originally a poster created by The Youth Project, an LGBT charity in Nova Scotia, Canada, and later retweeted by JK Rowling – has been doing the rounds online for a number of years. More...

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MCC university cricket helps students find their level on and off the pitch

The ConversationThere is an inevitability about the start of the county cricket season. Rain will stop play in many games – and somewhere in England a team of amateur twenty-somethings will get roundly beaten by their professional opponents. This will bring on a round of whingeing about the “first-class” status of university cricket. More...

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More students are dropping out of university because of mental health problems

The ConversationThe UK student population has doubled in the last twenty years to almost two million. During this time, higher tuition fees have placed increased pressure on students – with a recent survey finding that 75% of students who receive a maintenance loan feel stressed about their debt. More...

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Poorer students aren’t applying to university because of fears of high debts

The ConversationWith various political parties pledging to abolish or alter tuition fees, the question of how to fund higher education is squarely back on the political agenda. More...

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