Court fails to fully endorse NCAA payments for college athletes

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 17:33
  • Court does uphold ruling NCAA violated anti-trust laws
  • College players argued for compensation for image use

A US appeals court may not have revolutionized college sport on Wednesday but there was a small victory for the movement to pay student athletes when it upheld a ruling that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by not allowing players to be compensated for the use of their images.

But the 9th circuit court of appeals did not fully endorse the idea of paying athletes directly by rejecting the lower court’s recommendation that football and basketball players receive $5,000 from their schools in deferred compensation.

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Tougher student visa rules warning

BBC - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 17:03
University bodies are warning that the Home Office is considering tighter visa rules, which could restrict overseas student numbers.
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When teachers marry teachers: 'We try not to talk shop, but know the stress'

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 16:30

From staffroom love rivals to dodging questions from students – three couples share their stories of romance in education

Have you heard that Mr Smith is dating Mrs Knight? What’s going on with Miss Jones and the new PE teacher? Teacher romances have kept school rumour mills busy since the dawn of time. A mere glimpse across the playground is a sure sign of unrequited love and leaving the building together confirms a passionate affair.

But a recent US study suggests the gossip could have some grounding, as romance on the school grounds is more common than you might imagine. In fact, educators are the fourth most likely professionals to marry each other. Here, lovebirds from our community share their stories.

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Which are the best value prep schools in the UK?

Telegraph - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 16:00
Want to give your children the best start in life? If you've got the money, you could do a lot worse than these prep boarding schools

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England's universities are losing steam on climate change

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 15:31

The majority of universities in England are set to miss climate change goals in 2020 – but say expansion is to blame

More than three-quarters of England’s universities are set to miss carbon reduction targets for 2020, according to the latest analysis.

Despite the introduction of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and invest in sustainable energy, higher education institutions claim that an era of expansion has hampered plans to make the sector more environmentally friendly.

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Young, male and feminist – if only there were more of them

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 14:42

Schools and universities have their share of students engaging in sexist and misogynistic behaviour. But there are also those who are standing up against it – and their numbers are growing

When I talk to boys and young men at school and university about why they don’t call themselves feminists, the answer is never “because I hate women”. Instead, they tend to express reservations about “female supremacy” or “man-hating”. There’s still a lot of confusion about the word.

This week, HeForShe, the United Nations campaign aimed at engaging men in the battle for gender equality, kicks off its #GetFree tour, visiting universities and talking to students about the issue. So I spoke to a group of young male feminists to ask them how big a battle it will be to bring their peers into the feminist fold, and how difficult it is for young men to speak out about sexism in 2015.

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Overstretched at uni? Use yoga to sweat out your study stress

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 10:34

Whether you’re finding it hard to focus or you need time out from the stress that university life can bring, yoga could benefit you

Yoga has been a massive part of my life since I started university, and there are many reasons why I practice it regularly. It gives me time to relax and forget about the stress of deadlines – I always step off my mat after a class feeling better and happier than when I started, and it is great exercise.

Without wanting to sound too airy fairy, yoga keeps me grounded and in the moment amid the craziness of uni life. There are loads of ways that yoga benefits me as a student. Here are some of the reasons why I think all students should at least try it.

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London schooling set to improve further

BBC - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 02:08
High academic attainment among poorer pupils in London schools is set to improve still further, boosting social mobility in the capital, research says.
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Female leaders gather to underline importance of educating girls

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 01:28

Glamour magazine event saw Michelle Obama advise an audience of hundreds of girls: read, write, go to school, beat the boys

Educating girls is the key to ending world problems, including poverty, first lady Michelle Obama told nearly a thousand teenage girls Tuesday.

Shrouded in pink spotlights, Obama joined actor and activist Charlize Theron, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and Nurfahada, a 16-year-old girl ambassador for Plan International, an international development organisation, at the Apollo Theater to talk about the power of education and its lasting importance.

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'London effect' in schools due to gradual improvements not policies, says report

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/09/2015 - 00:01

LSE report says primaries improving since 90s and abolition of Inner London Education Authority led to pupils’ success

The extraordinary success of London’s schools, typically credited to policies such as the London Challenge and introduction of academies, is more likely due to improvements in primary schools and local leadership, according to new research.

The turnaround in the capital’s schools, where disadvantaged pupils now outperform those in the rest of the country after years where they lagged behind, has been the subject of intensive research, in the hope it can be replicated elsewhere.

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A London school has banned all technology

Telegraph - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 17:20
Pupils aren't even allowed gadgets on holidays and parents have to commit to curtailing its use at home as well

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It will take more than smartphones to stop boarding school children being damaged

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 17:03
A new claim that modern technology means boarding pupils no longer feel cut off from their parents ignores the deep and lasting effects of institutionalised abandonment

Two things are infinite, suggested Einstein: the universe and mankind’s stupidity. Should we survive as a species, we will surely look back with horror on how we sanctioned the abandonment of children in boarding schools. We may wish we had outlawed publicity stunts such as an article in the Telegraph this week celebrating the fact that: “Today’s boarders are no longer cut off from their overprotective parents.” This is apparently due to the smartphone, which has “killed the ‘traditional’ boarding schools’ experience”, according to an “expert” who happens to be Hilary Moriarty, former director and marketing guru of the Boarding Schools Association.

Moriarty seems unaware of the evidence: not one child development theory supports the British habit of sending children away from their homes. Leading neuroscientists and attachment theorists now conclude that the trauma of early boarding has severe repercussions in adult family life; the publisher Routledge has commissioned two new books on psychotherapy with ex-boarders in the past two years, as demand for informed therapeutic treatment outstrips supply.

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Only a change in the national mindset will save language learning

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 17:00

The decline in languages affects independent schools and state schools alike. We must work together to fix it

Many people will have read the recent reports that fewer young people in this country are learning foreign languages. The numbers continue to fall at GCSE and A-level, and many schools are phasing out unpopular languages or ones that teaching staff have less expertise in.

This has affected university language departments, many of which have had to economise by merging or closing faculties. As a knock-on effect, it’s become increasingly difficult to appoint new language teachers because good linguists are in such short supply. This will, no doubt, provide state schools with a major challenge as English Baccalaureates (Ebaccs) – where the study of a language is required – are introduced. It’s a matter that the Department for Education (DfE) is looking into.

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The majority of the world's children are in school. So why aren't they learning? | Lant Pritchett

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 15:43

The world has to face up to the ambitious demands of the global education goal. We must research how we can rapidly improve the quality of schooling

If you want to find a child who lacks education today, the place to find them is in school. That’s because nearly all children are in school. That’s the good news. Governments have built schools and hired teachers. Parents have seen that schooling is key to their child’s future and are sending their children to school. There has been more progress made in expanding schooling since the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 acknowledged education as a basic right than in all previous human history.

Related: Five steps to achieving the goal of educating every child in the world

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Hazing, #piggate and other secret rites: the psychology of extreme group rituals

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 15:01

As the UK reacts to allegations about David Cameron in his youth, the US grapples with tragic results of brutal initiation ceremonies – practices with strong ties to class structure and demonstrations of masculinity, experts say

Where were you when #piggate broke? Did you squeal with laughter and disbelief? Did you shamefully recall some embarrassing youthful memories of your own?

Public reaction to Lord Ashcroft’s claims about David Cameron has ranged from shrieks to mere shrugs, but the story also offered a fresh glimpse into the mystique of the elite. Whether harmless or destructive, such rites take place in social contexts that are breeding grounds for unbridled behavior.

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David Trotter obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 14:55

My friend David Trotter, who has died of cancer aged 58, was the foremost authority of his generation on medieval French language and lexicography. His greatest academic legacy was probably his editorship of the online Anglo-Norman Dictionary, which records the variety of French introduced to Great Britain by the Norman conquest of 1066. This brand of French remained a language of record in Britain well into the 15th century, and had a huge influence on the development of English.

David was professor of French and head of the department of European languages at Aberystwyth University, and was also president of the Société de Linguistique Romane (2013-15), a corresponding member of the Paris-based Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, which awarded two prizes to his publications, and a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

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Parents want bigger voice in schools

BBC - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 14:19
Fewer than a fifth of parents in England think the government listens to them about their children's education, suggests research.
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Universities are reaching out - but some disadvantaged students remain hidden

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 29/09/2015 - 13:22

If widening participation efforts are to pay off, universities must do more to find the young people who remain under the radar

There has been some good news recently for social mobility. This year saw another increase in the number of students starting university and the Office of Fair Access has found that 90% of universities and colleges have either met, or are on course to meet, their widening participation targets.

But other research has found that universities’ efforts to widen participation are missing out some key groups: young carers, young people in care, and poor school pupils who happen to live in affluent neighbourhoods.

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