"Dear Mr Gove"
- a poem by Jess Green.
The findings for England and Wales from the 2011 British Census
have now been released. The BBC provides a handy guide
to changes by area while The Guardian has a neat infographic
and a set of Top 10 Charts
. [more inside]
The Guardian has a feature today on computer science education in the UK
It includes short interviews
with teenagers who use coding (for fun or work), an article
on encouraging girls to get involved in computer science, an editorial
encouraging an overhaul of the UK's system of teaching computing, and some discussion of Young Rewired State
, a group that offers "festivals of code" to help kids learn to "program the world around them", and also encouraging use of open data.
of over 600 courses available
through the Open University's Learning Space
. Get to know the meaning behind
the making of kente cloth of Ghana or learn the mathematical modelling involved in analysing skid marks
. Lose yourself
in art and design or simply learn a new old language
. All you need
is a device with
a browser and internet access. Bonus: OU on the BBC's Frozen Planet series
Philosopher A C Grayling announces the establishment of a new force in Higher Education in England
: the New College of the Humanities, with much trumpeting of its all-star line-up, and its promise to "inspire the next generation of lawyers, journalists, financiers, politicians, civil servants, writers and teachers" . [more inside]
The Guardian has a new series
of webchats with various people in the publishing industry starting with literary agent Karolina Sutton
. Also various writers are asked: Can you teach creative writing?
Governments around the globe are opening up their data vaults
allowing us to check out the numbers for ourselves. This is the Guardian’s gateway to that information. Search for government data here from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand — and look out for new countries and places as they are added. Read more about this on the Datablog
. [more inside]
Has the UKs GCSE Science exam been dumbed down
too far? See how well you do for yourself.
95% of degree courses in video gaming at British universities leave graduates unfit to work in the industry
, according to Games Up?
, an organisation set up to address the UKs video games skills shortage. Maths
skills are a particular weakness.
In the 19th century, English author Favell Mortimer wrote several books describing various countries
to children. Apparently she didn't travel much
. [more inside]
. Tony Blair's new Education Secretary Ruth Kelly
is almost certainly a member of masochistic Catholic cult Opus Dei
, as featured in The Da Vinci Code
Clueless about History Britain is a nation of history dunces with many even believing Adolf Hitler never existed, according to a new survey.
A quarter of those interviewed were not sure if the Battle of Trafalgar was a real historic event, while one in seven did not know the Battle of Hastings really took place.
Sadly, it gets worse. Apparently the Battle of Endor actually happened in some people's minds.
Teenagers find the internet a frustrating experience
A survey in the north east of England finds that teenagers are increasingly being alienated in their online experience because they aren't being given the skillsets to cope with finding or using the information. Seems to be the old story of schools buying computers but the kids not being engaged enough on how to use them (which has been the case since I was stuck in front of an Acorn Archimedes
fifteen years go). Here is a similar article from Australia
which describes how their eductation system is coping with the issue.
Girl to sue over detention
"The family, who want compensation, will argue that the detentions were unlawful because they took place in Freya's free time. " If you can't give kids detention, how else are they going to be punished for breaking school rules?
If being a student wasn't hard enough,
now they want us to sit in a pub/bar, day and night, and all in the name of an education. Its a hard life, but someone has to do it!!!
UK Kids to Get £40 a Week to Stay in School.
Schoolchildren are to be paid £40 a week to stay on at school as part of a multi-billion-pound revolution in secondary schools in England and Wales.
Mother jailed for girls' truancy
A question for our British gang, is truancy such a problem in the UK now that this is really necessary? When I went to school in England, lo those mumblemumble
years ago, I don't remember it being this bad. For the rest of the world, do you think truancy in your country would justify locking up the primary caregiver or is this punishing the wrong person? Can parents be held responsible for everything a child does? And better said, should they? When should we grant children the priviledges and penalties of their own autonomous actions?
student sues school over poor results
i could think of some of my teachers who sucked at the Univ! i wonder if any of our US schools (private high school or college/university) have been sued for poor teaching.
Over-educated, over here and overwhelmed
The teacher shortage in Britain is so acute, that talent from the four corners is being shipped in at double the cost. The irony is, that if our teachers were actually paid the salary this gentleman is getting, there would be more of them...
UK row as kids are told to adopt incorrect but 'international' spelling
A row has broken out in the UK as the organisation in charge of school examinations told pupils to drop traditional spelling of scientific words in favour of Americanised (wrong) ones.
Surely Sulphur comes from a Greek word which involves the letter phi (not fi) and is therefore the correct spelling...
email@example.com? The Times
is reporting that Miss Clinton is planning to follow in her father's footsteps. Though probably not too
closely... I'd imagine that it'll be easier for her to fit into the college environment once she doesn't have the Secret Service in tow, but I'm still intrigued how she'll get on here...