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To secure pro-worker legislation, hold politicians' feet to the fire | Steven Greenhouse

Unions should draw up a Contract for the American Worker and make it clear they will only support candidates who endorse it Donald Trump will no doubt tell the world he deserves to be re-elected because the economy is “the best ever”. Never mind that nearly 40% of Americans say they can’t afford to pay an unexpected $400 bill, and that nearly one in four Americans skipped some form of needed medical care last year because they couldn’t afford it.…

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Podcast 48: How Can Teachers Set The Standard? – Education Article

Podcast 48: How Can Teachers Set The Standard? | TeacherToolkit 18th May 201917th May 2019 @TeacherToolkit 70 Views #TTkitPodcast, accountability, Brave, business, Education Manifesto, headship, Keynote, leadership, Podcast, Richard Gerver, speaker, The Assumption of Excellence, Workload Reading Time: 1 minute What would you miss about education if you stepped out of teaching, and can teachers hold themselves to account? Our 48th podcast interview is with Richard Gerver who worked in education as a primary school teacher and a head teacher…

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The sum of us – Education Article

What is the definition of the term “data scientist”…? In my previous post, Painting by numbers, I offered a shorthand definition of data science based on what I could synthesise from the interwebs. Namely, it is the combination of statistics, computer programming, and domain expertise to generate insight. It follows, then, that the definition of data scientist is someone who has those skill sets. Fat chance! In this post I intended to articulate my observation that in the real world,…

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Joe Armstrong obituary | Education

Joe Armstrong, who has died aged 68 from complications related to pulmonary fibrosis, was a computer scientist and one of the creators at Ericsson of the programming language Erlang, used by companies as diverse as Bet365, WhatsApp and Cisco. It was Joe’s idea to write a book on the language – Concurrent Programming in Erlang (co-authored with Michael Williams and Robert Virding, 1992) – rather than just an internal manual for the company, as a precursor to the language being…

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Wellcome Trust could become first big employer to launch four-day week | UK news

That Friday feeling could soon be switched to Thursday, at one major employer at least. The Wellcome Trust is considering moving all of its 800 head office staff to a four-day week in a bid to boost productivity and improve work-life balance. A trial of the new working week at the £26bn London-based science research foundation could start as soon as this autumn, giving workers Fridays off to do whatever they want with no reduction in pay. Some parts of…

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Scandalous increase in school exclusions | Letters | Education – Education Article

Last year I gave a paper based on my book Immoral Education: The Assault on Teachers’ Identities, Autonomy and Efficacy to academics in the Netherlands. When I told them that part of my argument was the rate at which young people were being excluded from schools and gave them the figures, the response was that “if that were happening here there would be national outrage”. The UK figures are now even worse (School exclusion rates in London double the national…

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