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  • Race, class and Oxbridge’s stranglehold on British society | Letters
    A Russell Group professor on the exclusion of black and working-class students; Maurice George on how little seems to have changed at Oxford since the 1950s; David Butler on opinion-forming elites; Anne Strachan on the admissions process; Clare Richards on schools’ failings; Jan Toporowksi on the British establishment; Patrick O’Farrell on Scotland and Northern Ireland’s absenceThe post-GCSE Oxbridge open evening at my child’s northern comprehensive was attended by about 250 parents, a perfect reflection of its wide ethnic diversity. The speaker was an overseas Oxbridge master’s student, whose only experience of British education and Oxbridge was the 12 months’ studying she was partway through. According to her script we “shouldn’t be worried or confused about colleges, they are just like houses”. It took me, a Russell Group professor, a moment to realise she was alluding to houses in the public school sense. Had she added, “like in Harry Potter” it might have connected better; but for the audience, the world she described was equally one of fantasy. Two years later, and it is only the children of white middle-class parents (like me) who are applying for Oxbridge, wearing, without exception, the Toynbee clothes peg.Their visits have demonstrated the self-evident truth ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-10-20
    14 mins ago
  • Universal basic income would help to tackle power imbalance | Brief letters
    Patriarchy | Stereotyping cockneys | Welsh three-legged stools | Free speech | Cave on the moon | Coffee groundsReflecting on patriarchy, the excellent Suzanne Moore (G2, 19 October) identifies the problem as power imbalance – where one set of people have the power over others to dictate if they will eat or not. Answer: a universal basic income for everyone removes one part of the vulnerability that gives the Weinsteins and Sampsons their power. Dr Anne BrockbankBrockbank McGill Associates• I’m a proud cockney (Leave it out! £55 East End themed dinners spark row, 20 October). I don’t smoke or wear a tracksuit, have been a director of public health and CEO of a local authority. I’ve occasionally been disrespected due to my accent, which is uncommon in high public office in the south. But living in the north for 30 years, it’s not been an issue as it’s recognised as a working-class accent. Lee Adams Sheffield Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-10-20
    15 mins ago
  • Black students on Oxbridge: ‘we need to change the narrative’
    Students who have made it to Oxford and Cambridge say more can be done to help others follow in their footstepsOxford and Cambridge must engage with students at a much younger age, and state schools should better prepare their students for elite colleges, black British Oxbridge students say.Hope Oloye, 20, from Newham, east London, is the only black biomedical student in her year, and the only black student at Pembroke College, Oxford. She only considered applying after being encouraged to do so by a tutor at her comprehensive. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-10-20
    1 hour ago
  • Student leaders in Ontario urging province to intervene to end college faculty strike
    About 500,000 full-time and part-time students have been impacted by the strike. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-10-20
    1 hour ago
  • How a push to save some of Indiana’s oldest trees taught this class about the power of speaking out
    Alayna Pierce was one of seven teachers who participated in story slam sponsored by Chalkbeat, Teachers Lounge Indy, WFYI Public Media and the Indianapolis Public Library on Sept. 5. Every teacher shared stories about their challenges and triumphs in Circle City classrooms. Pierce's story is a letter she wrote to her second and third grade students at the School for Community Learning, a private school in Indianapolis. In it, she recounts how they came together as a class and as a community to save some of the state's oldest trees. Check out the video below to hear Pierce's story. You can find more stories from educators, students and parents here. ... read more
    Source: Chalkbeat NYPublished on 2017-10-20
    1 hour ago
  • Siding with local district, Tennessee State Board denies two Memphis charter appeals
    Tennessee’s education policymaking body is switching course this year to side with the state’s largest school district in denying two charter school applicants. On Friday, the nine-member Tennessee State Board of Education unanimously rejected the appeals of two charters that sought to open all-girls schools in Memphis next fall. The charter applicants will now have to wait until next year and reapply with Shelby County Schools, which had rejected their applications this year, if they so choose. The decision on Friday stands in contrast to the state board’s dramatic overruling of the local board last year that resulted in the first charter school authorization by the panel in Memphis. That essentially added another state-run district in the city, and the State Board of Education joins just one other state in the nation to also operate as a school district. The board acted in accordance this year with recommendation from Sara Morrison, the executive director of the State Board of Education, in the denial of appeals by The Academy All Girls Charter School and Rich ED Academy of Leaders. The vote comes a month after the Shelby County Schools board turned down their applications,  along with nine others. After a charter ... read more
    Source: Chalkbeat NYPublished on 2017-10-20
    2 hours ago
  • Airbus not planning to buy out Bombardier’s CSeries program, CEO says
    Airbus has the option to buy out the CSeries program in 7.5 years. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-10-20
    2 hours ago
  • Week in review: The state’s year-round scramble to fill teaching jobs
    While much of the media attention has been focused this year on the severe teacher shortage in the main Detroit district, our story this week looks at how district and charter schools throughout the region are now scrambling year-round to fill vacant teaching jobs — an instability driven by liberal school choice laws, a decentralized school system and a shrinking pool of available teachers. The teacher shortage has also made it difficult for schools to find substitutes as many are filling in on long-term assignments while schools try to fill vacancies. Two bills proposed in a state senate committee would make it easier for schools to hire retirees and reduce the requirements for certifying subs.   Also, don’t forget to reserve your seat for Wednesday’s State of the Schools address. The event will be one of the first times in recent years when the leader of the city’s main district — Nikolai Vitti — will appear on the same stage as the leaders of the city’s two largest charter school authorizers. For those who can’t make it, we will carry it live on Chalkbeat Detroit. Have a good week! – Julie Topping, Editor, Chalkbeat Detroit STATE OF THE SCHOOLS: The State ... read more
    Source: Chalkbeat NYPublished on 2017-10-20
    2 hours ago
  • Windstorm Shaking the World
    Tom Watkins – Travel has a way of opening the heart, mind, and senses. Once again, my senses have been re-awakened by travel in China these last 3 weeks to Beijing, Tianjin, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Dali, Kumin, Tengchong, Heshun, Taizhou, Nantong, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. All of these Chinese cities make Detroit seem like a small village in terms of population. With the exception of Beijing and Shanghai, I’ll be willing to bet that few Americans have heard of these great cities. Beijing, alone – China’s capital – boasts 21 million population. Shanghai? Well over 25 and pushing 30 million people in the next several years. The Future My 2017 travel to China was built around my consulting work as well as my love, appreciation, and wonder for all things China. There is tremendous interest in China to find ways to connect with Michigan. One Michigan company with a hot product that the Chinese want is WAY – Widening Advancements for Youth (www.wayprogram.net). The WAY Program is a personalized learning experience for all students, offering an innovative approach to education utilizing state of the art technology and project-based learning in alignment with state and national content standards. WAY ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-10-20
    3 hours ago
  • British Accreditation Council new scheme for offshore ELT
    The UK’s British Accreditation Council is developing an international English language education accreditation scheme it claims will be “quite unique” in the English language teaching industry. Set to be launched in early 2018, the standards will target large organisations around the globe that primarily offer English language training offshore. CEO of BAC, Paul Fear, told The PIE News that the organisation had liaised with a range of UK and international academics, as well as two chains of language schools, to create a set of world-leading standards. The BAC would not be looking to compete with any accreditation bodies in the UK, he said, but offer a new choice for educators working globally and focus on quality assurance and transparency, with quality assessment linked to CEFR benchmarks. “Two of our inspectors we’ve used elsewhere have been heavily involved in EFL inspections for other organisations like the British Council, and one of the other international agencies,” noted Fear, who estimated that £80,000-£90,000 will have been invested into development by the launch date. “Two of our inspectors we’ve used elsewhere have been heavily involved in EFL inspections” With a working title of The English Language Accreditation Scheme, the standards will also have an expectation that some ... read more
    Source: PIE NewsPublished on 2017-10-20
    5 hours ago
  • Rise & Shine: Gates Foundation shifting focus of education philanthrophy
    ALL OVER THE MAP There is no real consensus on expectations for children entering kindergarten, and a recent survey found parents and preschool teachers might be expecting too much. Chalkbeat BIG SHIFT The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is launching a new, locally driven effort to help existing public schools improve, and will no longer support efforts to encourage new teacher evaluation systems. Chalkbeat, Education Week, U.S. News & World Report FOLLOW THE MONEY Boulder Valley school board candidates supported by the teachers union are ahead in early fundraising. Daily Camera PAYING FOR SCHOOL Five public school funding myths, debunked. (Nope, marijuana money isn't helping much). Greeley Tribune SPLASH OF COLOR Meet the internationally known artists who painted Denver elementary schools for free. 303 Magazine SELECT COMPANY Heaton Middle School in Pueblo is on track to become one of only 177 schools in the nation rated a "Certified Advancement Via Individual Determination," or AVID, school for its work preparing students for success in high school, college and beyond. Pueblo Chieftain     ... read more
    Source: Chalkbeat NYPublished on 2017-10-20
    5 hours ago
  • North Dakota sees uptick in Advanced Placement scores
    Source: Education WeekPublished on 2017-10-20
    5 hours ago
  • 4 Kansas teens running for governor answer questions
    Source: Education WeekPublished on 2017-10-20
    5 hours ago
  • Classroom photo from historical lesson stirs controversy
    Source: Education WeekPublished on 2017-10-20
    5 hours ago
  • Mississippi high court: School budget formula is not binding
    Source: Education WeekPublished on 2017-10-20
    5 hours ago