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Parents’ mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Daily, Global | 0 comments

Parents’ mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils. More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices. And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it. The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. Among the pupils: 82% felt meal times should be device-free 22% said the...

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Bernie Sanders Defends Ann Coulter, Slams ‘Intellectually Weak’ Student Activists

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Daily, Featured, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Bernie Sanders Defends Ann Coulter, Slams ‘Intellectually Weak’ Student Activists

By Lukas Mikelionis – In a surprising turn of events, every millennial’s favorite old man, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has come out in defense of Ann Coulter, denouncing threats that forced the University of California, Berkeley, to try to postpone her appearance at the college. “I don’t like this. I don’t like it,” Sanders told The Huffington Post in response to the security threats that forced the university to put off the conservative firebrand’s event. “Obviously Ann Coulter’s outrageous―to my mind, off the wall. But you know, people have...

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Rare parchment manuscript of US Declaration of Independence found in England

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Daily, Global, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Rare parchment manuscript of US Declaration of Independence found in England

Two Harvard researchers have found only the second known parchment manuscript of America’s formative text in a West Sussex archive ‘The Sussex Declaration’ was made sometime in the next decade after the original declaration was signed, the researchers say. Photograph: West Sussex Record Office Add Mss 8981. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to visit a tiny records office in southern England because it claims to have a copy of the Declaration of Independence, a decent respect for history requires investigation. On Friday...

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General election 2017: Corbyn attacks Tories over ‘super-sized’ classes

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

General election 2017: Corbyn attacks Tories over ‘super-sized’ classes

The Tories hit back at the Labour leader, saying his comments are a “massive own goal”. Labour says children are being crammed “like sardines” into “super-sized” school classes, as it focuses its general election campaign on education. The party said 40,000 primary age children were taught in classes of 36 or more in England in 2016, blaming “broken promises” by the government. But the Tories said Labour’s attacks were “a massive own goal”. They said the Labour-led Welsh...

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How to save New York City’s schools

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

How to save New York City’s schools

By Paul Massey – Education is supposed to be the great equalizer. But that’s not happening in New York City, where hundreds of thousands of our children are in schools that deny them their basic right to a world-class education. Last year, the city spent more on education — $24.3 billion, or $22,000 per student — than any major city in America. Despite this, 30 percent of our high-school students don’t graduate. Of those who do, 50 percent aren’t ready for college and 50 percent don’t have the English or math skills to get a job. It’s a...

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Berkeley College Republicans, YAF Threaten Legal Action over Ann Coulter Berkeley Event

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Berkeley College Republicans, YAF Threaten Legal Action over Ann Coulter Berkeley Event

In a second legal letter, the Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation have demanded that administrators allow Ann Coulter’s upcoming lecture to proceed as it was originally scheduled. The letter, which was the second message sent from attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon to university administrators, is in response to communication with Berkeley’s Chief Campus Counsel and Associate General Counsel Christopher Patti and claims that the Berkeley College Republicans will pursue legal action if the university fails to protect...

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How a Little-Known Standardized Test Harms Community College Students

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

How a Little-Known Standardized Test Harms Community College Students

The Accuplacer test funnels students into costly remedial classes that many probably don’t need. by Emily Hanford – The nation’s colleges have made their admission decisions, and now, as college signing day draws near, high school seniors around the country are making their own decisions on where to attend. But most students will not be heading to an ivy-covered campus in the fall; in fact, today’s undergraduate is more likely to be a working adult at a community college. And for that student, the future does not depend so much on an...

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‘The early signs are not encouraging’: a Q&A with former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

‘The early signs are not encouraging’: a Q&A with former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.

By Erin Hinrichs – On Thursday morning, former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered a keynote address to a group of educators gathered for a conference at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park. He attended as a champion of an evidence-based school improvement model called Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR). The innovative program, which began in Minnesota, secured federal funding under the Obama administration to scale up. But future funding for programs like BARR may be in question under President Donald Trump...

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Are All White People Racists? One Leftist School Is Teaching This

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily, Featured, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Are All White People Racists? One Leftist School Is Teaching This

In Oxford, Mississippi, an institute for ‘racial reconciliation’ is sharing dicey material with scores of teachers and students by Lee Habeeb – It happened without us knowing it. It happened without most parents getting any real notice from the local school board in the small town we live in, an hour south of Memphis, called Oxford, Mississippi. There was one article in our town paper, The Oxford Eagle, about the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation entering into a formal contract to teach racial tolerance and...

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Time for a fresh look at how we fund our public schools

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Time for a fresh look at how we fund our public schools

Rob Fowler – The School Finance Research Collaborative, a broad-based, bipartisan group of business and education experts from metro Detroit to the U.P., applauds Grand Rapids philanthropist Jim Brooks and other business leaders for proposing ways to prepare Michigan students for the competitive 21st century workforce. In a recent edition of Bridge, Brooks makes the case that we must help prepare all Michigan public school students for college and careers. We agree, but that process must begin with a comprehensive look at how we fund...

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