Germaine Greer gives university lecture despite campaign to silence her

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 20:26

Writer’s views on transgender women prompted thousands to sign petition to prevent lecture at Cardiff University

Germaine Greer defied a fierce campaign to stop her delivering a university lecture on the grounds that she has expressed transphobic views by going ahead with the event, which was conducted under high security.

During the lecture at Cardiff University, Greer insisted in the bluntest of terms that she did not accept that post-operative men were women. “I don’t believe a woman is a man without a cock,” she said. “You can beat me over the head with a baseball bat. It still won’t make me change my mind.”

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'Surveillance' concerns over private school with 500 CCTV cameras

Telegraph - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 19:21
Queen Ethelburga's College denies it uses cameras to catch pupils 'kissing or queue jumping' but says it helps get pupils to 'own up' to bad behaviour

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VIDEO: Duchess of Cambridge on child mental health

BBC - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 16:16
The Duchess of Cambridge explains to a conference of headteachers why she works to highlight the issue of child mental health.
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Junior doctors, Jeremy Hunt and the facts behind the strike ballot

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 16:14

Misinformation about the junior doctor contract is rife. It’s time to look at the facts and listen to why the doctors affected feel a strike is inevitable

It’s hard to miss the junior doctor contract crisis that’s going on in the NHS. The British Medical Association (BMA) has balloted its members, and if they vote to go on strike there will be three days of action at the beginning of December. But why are the junior doctors of our NHS considering striking?

I spoke to a number of them while researching this article, and all were really upset that it has come to this. The frustration is evident in their voices and their words.

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Peter Farquhar obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 14:14

Few people taught by Peter Farquhar, as I was, would ever forget him. A powerful personality, who taught English for 34 years at Manchester grammar school and Stowe school in Buckinghamshire, Peter, who has died aged 69, gained unusual respect and affection from his students. Dozens became close friends for life.

Peter was born in Edinburgh, the son of a GP. He was educated at Latymer Upper school in London and Churchill College, Cambridge, where his English tutors included George Steiner.

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Meet the engineer inspiring young women to enter STEM

Telegraph - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 13:25
Kris Harrison has doubled the number of girls applying for work experience at her company. She tells Eleanor Muffitt how - and why - she's done it

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Ofqual signals it could get tougher on exam re-marks

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 11:15

GCSE and A-level regulator suggests the grounds for appealing marks should be limited to spotting ‘genuine errors’

Ofqual could narrow the grounds for re-marking by concentrating on correcting “genuine errors”, rather than allowing different interpretations of mark schemes to change marks.

Ian Stockford, the Ofqual executive director responsible for regulation of GCSEs and A-levels, told a conference that changing grades based on differences of opinions between examiners gave a “misleading impression” about the number of marking errors – and the quality of marking. He suggested that re-marking should be confined to spotting errors.

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Chicago school sets Chief Keef lesson

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 11:01

An American elementary school has been criticised after it made the rapper’s life and career a class topic and test

Do you know how old Chief Keef was when he dropped out of school? If so, you’d be well-placed for a gold star in a certain Chicago classroom. According to reports, an elementary school substitute teacher made the rapper’s life and career the basis for a lesson and test, much to the displeasure of several parents.

“I had never heard of him. But after careful research I found out that his music is about having sex, using the ‘B’ word, anti-police and supporting gangs,” parent Katrina Sanders told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Heads call on Morgan for funding help

BBC - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 01:08
Head teachers have written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan expressing their concern over future funding for schools in England.
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Smallpox general in US university row

BBC - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 00:13
Smallpox, race and a British general provoke US student protest
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US student activist group plans day of action to challenge university injustices

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 21:50

The Black Liberation Collective hopes students will protest on Wednesday for ‘radical’ set of demands, including free tuition for black and indigenous people

A group of student activists are hoping to use the momentum of recent anti-racism college demonstrations and the Black Lives Matter movement to organize a day of action across the US on Wednesday.

The Black Liberation Collective, a recently organized group led by about 10 student activists – some of whom attend the University of Missouri – have proposed a “radical” set of demands for their counterparts at universities across the country to take up, including reparations in the form of free tuition for black and indigenous students, and school divestment from for-profit prison companies. Missouri and Yale University have been particular flash points for recent racial tension on campus.

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Anti-terror strategy 'must evolve'

BBC - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 19:10
The government's Prevent anti-terrorism strategy needs constant review, the head of a school attended by three girls who travelled to Syria has told MPs.
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Row after University of York cancels International Men’s Day event

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:26

Outcry from students and staff forces university to pull event, but campaigners hit back saying move sends out message that ‘men’s rights are not important’

A row has broken out at York University after plans to mark International Men’s Day on Thursday were cancelled following an outcry from staff and students.

The university had signed up to the event, which aims to highlight issues affecting men and boys, including the high male suicide rate, men’s shorter life expectancy and “the struggles that boys can face in getting an education”.

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Barry Cooper obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 17:53

The centenary in 2012 of the birth of Alan Turing might have passed largely unnoticed but for my colleague Barry Cooper, himself a major figure in mathematical logic, who has died aged 72. As it was, the celebration’s global impact did much to bring Turing the public appreciation he deserves, culminating in a royal pardon in 2013.

Barry invested seemingly boundless energy in the Alan Turing Year, 2012. He led a six-month programme, Syntax and Semantics, at the Isaac Newton Research Institute in Cambridge, and became the celebration’s spokesman on Twitter and in the media, including in the Guardian’s Northerner column. One outcome was Alan Turing: His Work and Impact (2013), edited by Barry and Jan van Leeuwen, a hefty and definitive volume which won the Association of American Publishers’ RR Hawkins award.

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The fear of all sums: how teachers can help students with maths anxiety

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 17:30

Around two million schoolchildren feel apprehension about mathematics. Tutor Prathap Chandran looks for the signs and solutions

Does the thought of solving a maths problem make you feel uneasy? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone and there might be a reason for your apprehension: maths anxiety.

According to figures from three years ago, this affects up to two million children. When I asked my own students how they felt about maths, they showed me pictures like this:

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Stanford president pressed on fossil fuel divestment during haircut – video

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 15:45

Stanford University president John Hennessy was asked about his current policies on fossil fuel divestment while getting his hair cut at a local barber. In a video posted online by the Fountain Hopper, Hennessey is told there are more than 100 students protesting outside his office and asked if he will meet with them. He says he cannot see them right away, but that they can make an appointment

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