Charter Schools Cherry Pick Students & Call it Choice – PART 1: The “I Didn’t Do It!” Excuse – Education Article

  It takes a certain kind of hypocrite to be a charter school champion.   You have to deny any wrongdoing one minute. And then admit you’re guilty but explain it away with the excuse “Everyone’s doing it!” the next.  Take cherry picking – one of the most common admonishments leveled against the school privatization industry.  Detractors claim that charter schools keep enrollment low and then out of those who apply, they pick and choose which students to accept.  Charters…

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‘Symbolically posh’ Bristol University expanding to wrong side of tracks | Education

In the well-heeled district of Clifton in Bristol, with its Georgian crescents and French brasseries, 100% of school leavers go to university. Yet in the southern suburb of Hartcliffe, the figures are the lowest in the country: only 8.6% make it there. This is the divided face of Brexit Britain. Bristol University, part of the Russell Group and a favourite among private school students, has long been at the privileged heart of Clifton. But it has radical plans to pull…

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How I found my vocation: ‘I was told I wasn’t intelligent enough to study’ | Education

I always wanted to study law, but as a teenager I was told I wasn’t smart enough. That put me off for years. I grew up in west London in a working-class, single-parent family. My mother, who was a chauffeur, had my sister when I was 13; it was a difficult birth and she was in intensive care for a long time. She also suffered from postnatal depression, so I spent a lot of time caring for my baby sister…

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Revise, reuse, recycle: how to be a sustainable student | Education

As university doors opened in September for a new year, an estimated 6 million people across the world took to the streets in a historic week of climate action. The power of this youth-led uprising reflected the urgency for action on the environment. So what now? For freshers starting a new chapter at university, deciding how to live your life is vital. Here are some ideas for how you can be sustainable as a student. Eating What you put on…

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Autumn of student activism begins over rising cost of university halls | Education

Most students settling in at university this autumn are worrying about seminars and exams, but Caitlin Ghibout, a second-year anthropology student at Durham, is angry about rents. Specifically, the fact that the high costs of college accommodation leave a student on the maximum maintenance loan just £1,270 to cover living costs for the year. This autumn, in parallel with student activists across the country, Ghibout will be launching a Cut the Rent campaign. She wants to challenge her university over…

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Manchester University students paint over Rudyard Kipling mural | Education

Students at the University of Manchester have painted over a mural of a poem by Rudyard Kipling, arguing that the writer “dehumanised people of colour”. The poem If, which was written around 1895, had been painted on the wall of the university’s newly refurbished students’ union. But students painted over the verses, replacing them with the 1978 poem Still I Rise by theUS poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. In a statement on Facebook, Sara Khan, the union’s liberation…

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Racial Disparity in Student Discipline Isn’t All About Race – Education Article

In 2016, the poorest 50% of American adults had an average net worth (home and financial assets minus debt) of just $7,500. To make matters worse, only a year previously it was $9,000. The difference all went to the top 1% who gained an average of $1.5 million during that same year.   These facts have real world consequences for every level of society – especially how our children behave in school.   CONSEQUENCES   It seems clear then that…

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‘Stormzy effect’: record number of black Britons studying at Cambridge | Education

The “Stormzy effect” has helped inspire record numbers of black British students to study at the University of Cambridge, following the musician’s high-profile backing of scholarships for black students at the institution. Cambridge said 91 black British students had been admitted as first-year undergraduates at the start of the academic year, an increase of nearly 50% compared with last year’s 61 students. It takes the total number of black undergraduates studying at Cambridge above 200 for the first time. Last…

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Elite universities are too obsessed with tradition to tackle racism effectively | Clive Nwonka | Education

As we begin a new academic year, the struggle to decolonise higher education in the UK continues – especially after the issue of racism in UK universities returned to the fore over the summer. The decolonisation of universities is founded on the struggle to give non-western knowledge the prominence it deserves, challenging how we understand, study and experience the world through education. It is a collaborative movement which brings together different issues, experiences and perspectives to radically overhaul how universities…

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Grade inflation fears prompt new voluntary code for UK degrees | Education

Students will need to “consistently demonstrate” exceptional initiative and problem-solving skills to be awarded first-class honours in their undergraduate degrees, according to a new framework to be adopted by UK universities. The framework is part of a new voluntary code on degree classifications, designed to address fears that universities have been guilty of inflating grades. The code also calls for universities to display detailed figures on the degree classes awarded, and explain any changes in the proportions awarded. While students…

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How I found my vocation: ‘As a black, deaf student, I work 10 times harder’ | Education

I feel like I’ve got two identities: being deaf and being black. It’s a double struggle to fit in and I’ve had to work 10 times harder than my classmates. [A recent report from the National Deaf Children’s Society, which analysed government data, found deaf pupils in England are struggling “at every stage of their education”.] I was born hearing but became ill with meningitis when I was a baby. After that I became deaf. I grew up in Barking…

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Minister orders summit with developers over student homes delay | Education

The universities minister has called a summit to address the problem of unfinished student accommodation, which has resulted in hundreds of undergraduates having to find last-minute temporary housing at the start of the new term. Chris Skidmore is to meet representatives from private developers providing student accommodation as well as universities after it emerged that freshers have had to be rehoused – some up to 30 miles away – because their promised accommodation was not ready. The minister said the…

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University Guide 2020: league table for medicine | Education

1 Oxford 100 91.9 94.9 78 9.8 10 221 4 95 96 Satisfied with course 91.9 Satisfied with teaching 94.9 Satisfied with feedback 78 Student to staff ratio 9.8 Spend per student/10 10 Average entry tariff 221 Value added score/10 4 Career after 6 months 95 Contin-uation 96 2 Aberdeen 96.9 98 93 75.3 7.6 3 232 4 99 98.7 Satisfied with course 98 Satisfied with teaching 93 Satisfied with feedback 75.3 Student to staff ratio 7.6 Spend per student/10…

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University Guide 2020: league table for law | Education

1 Cambridge 100 n/a n/a n/a 13.1 10 219 9 90 99.6 Satisfied with course n/a Satisfied with teaching n/a Satisfied with feedback n/a Student to staff ratio 13.1 Spend per student/10 10 Average entry tariff 219 Value added score/10 9 Career after 6 months 90 Contin-uation 99.6 2 Oxford 92.5 n/a n/a n/a 13.2 10 215 9 83 99.7 Satisfied with course n/a Satisfied with teaching n/a Satisfied with feedback n/a Student to staff ratio 13.2 Spend per student/10…

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Greater Test Scores Often Mean Less Authentic Learning – Education Article

 The main goal of schooling is no longer learning.   It is test scores.   Raising them. Measuring growth. Determining what each score means in terms of future instruction, opportunities, class placement, special education services, funding incentives and punishments, and judging the effectiveness of individual teachers, administrators, buildings and districts.   We’ve become so obsessed with these scores – a set of discrete numbers – that we’ve lost sight of what they always were supposed to be about in the…

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University Guide 2020: league table for psychology | Education

1 Oxford 100 97.5 96.8 86.2 22.1 10 217 8 83 97.3 Satisfied with course 97.5 Satisfied with teaching 96.8 Satisfied with feedback 86.2 Student to staff ratio 22.1 Spend per student/10 10 Average entry tariff 217 Value added score/10 8 Career after 6 months 83 Contin-uation 97.3 2 St Andrews 97.3 98 95 85.1 11.4 8 206 7 74 95.4 Satisfied with course 98 Satisfied with teaching 95 Satisfied with feedback 85.1 Student to staff ratio 11.4 Spend per…

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