Education Policy

Families protest outside school over early Friday closures | Education

Dozens of families have protested outside a school in Greater Manchester that is planning to close early on Fridays because it cannot afford to educate its pupils. The final straw came for parents after Vale View primary school in Reddish, Stockport, announced last week that nine staff members, including some of the most experienced teachers, were being made redundant and that the headteacher was leaving. Parents and schoolchildren held banners and wore badges reading “Save our teachers” outside the school…

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Busing and School Segregation Used for Politics not Policy – Education Article

 If children of all races went to the same schools with each other, it would be harder to treat them unequally.   Moreover, it would be harder for them to grow up prejudiced because they would have learned what it’s like to have classmates who are different from them.   And though most people agree with these premises in principle, our laws still refuse to make them a reality in fact.   Perhaps that’s why it was so astounding when…

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Top 10 Reasons Bernie Sanders’ Education Policies Are Light Years Ahead of Everyone Else’s – Education Article

    For most of my life, the United States has been neglecting its public school children – especially the black and brown ones.   Since the mid 1970s, instead of integrating our schools, we’ve been slowly resegregating them on the basis of race and social class.   Since the 1980s, instead of measuring academic success by the satisfaction of an individuals curiosity and authentic learning, we’ve been slowly redefining it to mean nothing but achievement on standardized tests.  …

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DfE to unveil new category of higher technical qualifications | Education

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has said he wants to overcome the snobbery of middle-class parents towards studying advanced technical qualifications, as the government unveils a seal of approval designed to improve the status and visibility of such courses. The Department for Education is to announce a new category of higher technical qualifications (HTQs) as a quality assurance mark for courses such as digital engineering, to cut through the profusion of certificates, diplomas and foundation degrees on offer for school-leavers.…

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Standardized Tests Are Not Objective Measures of Anything – Education Article

 When it comes to standardized tests, most people are blinded by science.   Or at least the appearance of science.   Because there is little about these assessments that is scientific, factual or unbiased.   And that has real world implications when it comes to education policy.   First of all, the federal government requires that all public school children take these assessments in 3-8th grade and once in high school. Second, many states require teachers be evaluated by their…

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Fewer teachers but more pupils: the reality for secondary schools | Education

Secondary school pupils in England are experiencing more crowded classrooms and fewer teachers, according to Department for Education data which revealed teachers continuing to leave the profession in droves last year. The department’s own school workforce census, taken at the start of the academic year, showed a fall in the number of teachers in secondary schools alongside an increase in numbers of pupils. While the overall proportion of teachers leaving the profession – 42,000, or 9.8% – was lower than…

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Brexit ‘putting pupils off modern foreign languages’ | Education

The aftermath of Brexit and the difficulty of new GCSE and A-level exams have combined to put off young people from studying modern foreign languages (MFL) at school, according to a new report by the British Council. While more than two-thirds of teachers surveyed by the British Council said the difficulty of the exams was causing concern, one in four said Brexit had “cast a pall” over pupils learning any foreign languages, with some parents actively discouraging their children. Teachers…

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Boris Johnson: friend to Toby Young. No friend of state schools | Fiona Millar | Education

I’ve only ever spoken to the Tory leadership contender Boris Johnson once. I was making a film for Channel 4 in the early noughties and wrote about it for the Spectator magazine, which he was editing at the time. Naturally we had a perfunctory conversation about education. His children had been at a primary school near where we were filming but, amid a lot of his trademark bluff and bluster, he admitted that sending them to state secondary schools was…

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Being Liberal – Whose Side to Take On the Protests in Birmingham – Education Article

I thought Jo Brand’s battery acid joke was quite funny. But not harmful. It’s unlikely to inspire a revival in British Leyland’s business and anyway the burny stuff is quite hard to get hold of. At least, I assume so. I’m not a hundred per cent sure of that, because I know that if I look up ‘battery acid for sale as a weapon’ online I’m likely to have contravened some anti-terrorism law or other and will end up spending…

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Teaching children about LGBT issues is not brainwashing – it equips them for life | Russell Hobby | Opinion

Last week, a high court injunction banned protesters against the teaching of LGBT-inclusive lessons from gathering outside the school gates of Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham. But on Monday, there is a chance that this could be lifted. Whatever happens, it is clear we need wider resolution on this debate in order to draw a firm line under it. To do so there are two challenges we need to tackle. One is the call of parental rights. The other…

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School Climate – The Overlooked Factor in the Teacher Shortage – Education Article

Curbing the national teacher shortage depends a great deal on paying educators a professional salary.  Teachers are struggling to make ends meet, and the gap between their salaries and those in professions requiring similar levels of education turns many potential candidates away from the classroom. Focusing exclusively on the “teacher pay penalty,” however, underplays the complexity of the teacher shortage and the challenges school districts face in attracting and retaining quality educators. Will a second or third year teacher decide…

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Why Media Studies should be seen as a valuable subject in schools – Education Article

Few subjects have been as belittled over the last two decades as Media Studies. The supposed pointlessness of Media Studies degrees has seen the subject become the butt of many jokes. In schools, Media Studies has struggled to survive in the face of the government’s relentless drive to promote ‘academic’ subjects. Like many other creative subjects and the Arts, Media Studies has become devalued and entry numbers at both GCSE and A Level have plummeted. The simple question is: Why?…

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Universities hit back after report proposing funding cuts | Education

University leaders said their sector could be pushed into “survival mode” if the funding cuts proposed by a new report into student financing become government policy. The Augar report on post-18 education in England, commissioned by Theresa May, recommended a shift in funding away from universities towards further education (FE) and vocational training, with the report sharply criticising universities for offering too many “low value” courses. The report seeks to make degrees less attractive by increasing student loan repayments by…

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How Closing Schools Traumatizes Students and Communities – Education Article

A student walks down a hallway at the Jean de Lafayette Elementary School, on the final day of school Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Chicago. The school was one of 50 slated to be closed by the city.(AP Photo/Scott Eisen) Since 2004, Oakland Unified School District has closed 16 schools and is now targeting an additional 24 by the start of the 2019-20 school year. District officials call it “right-sizing,” a term borrowed from corporate America – appropriate given that…

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Serving the Whole Child Involves Every Educator – Education Article

Meeting the needs of the whole child in our nation’s public schools requires an integrated approach to include social, emotional, and academic learning. And the federal government wants to help the cause to the tune of $260 million. “It’s not like you can do just one of these,” said Jessica Cardichon, a director with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), which sponsored a recent discussion at the U.S. Capitol titled, How Federal Policy Can Empower States and Communities to Provide Whole…

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EU students will not face Brexit penalty next year | Education

EU students going to English universities next year will be eligible for domestic tuition fees and student loans for the duration of their course regardless of Brexit, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced. Chris Skidmore, the universities minister, told a meeting of ministers in Brussels that EU students would continue to be funded on the same basis as students in England for undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting in the 2020-21 academic year. “We know that students will be considering…

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