After just half a day of home-schooling, I am officially in awe of all teachers | Emma Brockes | Opinion

We are doing a writing exercise at the kitchen table, about 90 minutes into home-schooling. So far, it’s gone quite well. I’ve drawn a grid with alphabetised headers and I’m dictating words for my five-year-old to write down. There was a brief dispute about which pen to use – she picked up a permanent marker, then wouldn’t accept, in spite of my reasoning, that it was 100% the wrong pen – but now we’re on track. I’ve totally got this,…

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Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion | Education

When Boston public schools introduced a new standard map of the world this week, some young students’ felt their jaws drop. In an instant, their view of the world had changed. The USA was small. Europe too had suddenly shrunk. Africa and South America appeared narrower but also much larger than usual. And what had happened to Alaska? In an age of “fake news” and “alternative facts”, city authorities are confident their new map offers something closer to the geographical…

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Low-income Americans most at risk of coronavirus, experts say | World news

The US health agency overseeing coronavirus has told Americans that to curb the inevitable spread of the respiratory illness, they only need to take simple steps: wash your hands, stay home from work if you feel sick and speak to a doctor if you have symptoms of the disease. But in the US healthcare system, things are never as simple as they seem. From the cost of healthcare to the lack of guaranteed paid sick days in the US, experts…

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Richard More: the Shropshire outcast who sailed to riches on the Mayflower | Education

He was only six when he was disowned by his wealthy father, torn from his adulterous mother and shipped to America with the pilgrims on the Mayflower to begin a new life as a servant. For centuries, the extraordinary tale of the Shropshire childhood of Richard More – a celebrated New England sea captain and one of the “first comers” to America – was lost in the mists of time. Now a group of local historians hopes to reignite interest…

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture at Taliesin to close | Education

The architecture school that architect Frank Lloyd Wright started nearly 90 years ago is closing, officials announced Tuesday. The School of Architecture at Taliesin, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will shutter in June. The school’s governing board said in a statement the “gut-wrenching decision” was made after no agreement could be made with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep operating the school. Specific details about the negotiations between the school and foundation were not disclosed. “This…

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Knocked up due to lack of a rubber | Brief letters | Education

Re your article on the dating of the Church of the Nativity (Church of the Nativity Jeopardy answer sparks Israel-Palestine storm, 13 January), the full and correct answer to the Jeopardy question is “the Roman province of Syria-Palestina”. As currently conceived, neither “Palestine” nor “Israel” existed at that time, and even Syria-Palestina ceased to exist by AD 390.Dr James AndersonHastings, New Zealand • I read that Oakham has a betting shop but there is opposition to McDonald’s there (Report, 15…

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Can air purifiers improve students’ academic performance? | Education

A 2015 gas leak that belched toxic chemicals into the air and spread panic may have indirectly led to higher student test scores. In the days after a gas leak was discovered in Aliso Canyon, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, thousands of residents were evacuated from the area, many of whom reported headaches, nausea, stomach aches, dizziness or breathing problems. Students from two nearby schools were relocated and 18 other schools were impacted. The gas field owner, Southern California…

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Karl Meyer obituary | Education

My friend Karl Meyer, who has died aged 91, was a journalist for the Washington Post and the New York Times from the 1950s until the late 90s. An adventurous reporter, he covered the Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia, Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba and the failed Bay of Pigs invasion there, about which he wrote a book, The Cuban Invasion: The Chronicle of a Disaster (1962), with a fellow journalist, Tad Szulc. I first got to know Karl in…

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Teacher who confessed to abusing boys in US found working in Essex school | Education

A teacher who has faced multiple allegations of child sexual abuse in the US and confessed to molesting schoolboys has been uncovered working in a secondary school in Essex, the Guardian can reveal. Stephen Jackson, 72, taught English to 11- to 13-year-olds at Tendring technology college this term despite previously confessing to police in California that he engaged in sexual acts with children. It has also emerged that he previously worked for two years at a school in south London…

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Do US laws that punish parents for truancy keep their kids in school? | Education

Earlier this month, a Berks County, Pennsylvania, mother died in jail while serving a 48-hour sentence, handed down because she couldn’t pay her children’s truancy fines. She owed about $2,000 in fines and other court costs, which had piled up over more than a decade, according to the AP. But while the woman’s story took a particularly tragic turn, many more parents across the US face fines or jail time over their children’s unexcused school absences. Just how many is…

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Clear backpacks, monitored emails: life for US students under constant surveillance | Education

For Ingrid, a 15-year-old in La Crosse, Wisconsin, going to high school means being monitored on surveillance cameras in her hallways and classrooms. Students are required to carry their school supplies in clear backpacks, as ordinary backpacks might be used to conceal a weapon, she said. Water bottles must also be clear, so school officials can see the color of the liquid inside. The monitoring continues on the laptops students use in school. Teenagers are warned that the school is…

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US entrepreneur sets up Oxford scholarship for black UK students | Education

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur is to fund Oxford university’s first dedicated scholarship for disadvantaged black British students, the university has announced. Arlan Hamilton, the founder of Backstage Capital, which specialises in supporting startups by overlooked groups, is to donate more than £200,000 to establish the fund and pay the tuition fees and living expenses for a three-year undergraduate degree. The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton and Earline Butler Sims scholarship, named in part as a living tribute to Hamilton’s mother, will be open…

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University of Georgia fraternity investigated over racist video | Education

A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video which circulated on social media and showed some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur. The video shows a student hitting another with a belt while saying the words “Pick my cotton” and then a racial slur. The UG Student Government Association said in a statement on Friday it was aware of the video of students “using racist language and engaging in behaviors that mock the…

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Donald Trump: is there anything sadder than a chump who thinks he’s a champ? | Barbara Ellen | Opinion

Oh dear. Was President Trump’s tweet of his head digitally added on to the body of Rocky Balboa/Sylvester Stallone rather too psychologically revealing? The image seemed to say everything you needed to know about Trump’s delusional self-image. Well, I say “needed”. How much does anyone need to know about any man – world leader or regular Joe – who mistakes male heft and musculature for true power? Before we begin, a minor quibble: the tan of Rocky’s body isn’t an…

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First transgender Rhodes scholar named in diverse 2020 class | Education

Minorities make up the majority of the latest group of US college students to be named Rhodes scholars, and the class includes the first transgender woman selected for the prestigious program. The Rhodes Trust announced the 32 selections late on Saturday after two days of discussions over 236 applicants from 90 colleges and universities across the US. Along with University of Tennessee graduate Hera Jay Brown, the first transgender woman in the program, the class includes two non-binary scholars. “As…

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Yale denies expelling basketball captain to prove tough on sexual assault | Education

Yale University has denied it was trying to make an example of a former basketball captain, Jack Montague, when it expelled him over an allegation of sexual assault. The school filed its formal response late on Friday to Montague’s federal lawsuit, which accused the Ivy League university of punishing Montague over what he believes was consensual sex. The lawsuit, filed in June, argues the university expelled the popular athlete in February to prove it was tough on sexual misconduct. It…

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