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Climate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action

Former UN climate chief says it is time to ‘heed voice of youth’ as thousands join protest Thousands of schoolchildren and young people in the UK are taking part in climate strikes with the support of a former UN climate chief, who said it was “time to heed the deeply moving voice of youth”.Christiana Figueres, who led the historic 2015 Paris agreement, said the fact that children were so worried about their future they were prepared to strike should make adults take urgent action. Continue read...
Tags: UK, Protest, Education, Children, Climate Change, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Paris, Schools, Un, Environmental Activism, Christiana Figueres


'The beginning of great change': Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes

The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to actGreta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament. Related: Teenage activist takes School Strikes 4 Climate Action to Davos Continue reading...
Tags: Sweden, Protest, Students, Education, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Schools, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Climate Action to Davos Continue


Charges Dropped Against Chicago Teen Girl Tased & Punched by Cops

All charges have been dropped against the Marshall High School Student who was tased and punched by Chicago police officers during an incident at the school last month, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. PREVIOUSLY: Video Shows 16-Year-Old Dnigma Howard Being Tased at School by Chicago Cops Three Chicago police officers were seen on video punching and tasing a 16-year-old female student. The disturbing footage shows the officers subduing Dnigma Howard, a black student, by repeatedly using a stun gun...
Tags: School, Crime, News, Teens, Chicago, Schools, Pop Culture, Jazz, Police Brutality, Illinois, Howard, Chicago Sun Times, Cook County, Fraternal Order of Police, High School Students, Kimberly Foxx


#3quotes from Holt

Image from Wikimedia Commons In this series called #3quotes I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas within context. Too often, writers cite from theorists without delving into the original texts. In this post I feature the American educator John Holt. Holt was best known for his progressive approach to education, and his criticisms of state-funded school systems. I have drawn three quotes from his 1983 classic How Children...
Tags: New York, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Lisa, Holt, John Holt, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Progressive Education, John Holt Holt, De Capo Press Previous


March of the robots

Photo by Steve Wheeler Anyone who has ever attended the BETT Show will tell you it is vast, chaotic and very commercial. The latter is inevitable, because BETT is a free-entry event, and someone has to pay to make sure the four day education show happens. BETT was bigger than ever this year, with more vendors and more visitors, overspilling into an additional space across the corridor from the usual trade show venue.As I wandered around the show this year, skilfully sidestepping the min...
Tags: Programming, Technology, Learning, Education, Teachers, Robots, Schools, eLearning, Classroom, Bett, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, BETT2019, VEX Robotics, Seymour Papert Mitch Resnick


Ealing Abbey abbot resigns over failure to investigate child abuse allegations

Dom Martin Shipperlee faced questioning over handling of sexual abuse claims at schoolThe abbot of Ealing Abbey has resigned over a failure to investigate child sexual abuse allegations at a London school amid an escalating diplomatic row prompted by the papal nuncio’s reluctance to cooperate with a public inquiry.The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) was informed on Friday that Dom Martin Shipperlee, who had been abbot since 2000 and taught at St Benedict’s School in west Lond...
Tags: London, Education, Children, Religion, Society, UK News, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Child protection, Schools, The papacy, UK child abuse inquiry, Ealing Abbey, Dom Martin Shipperlee, St Benedict 's School


The class pay gap: why it pays to be privileged

Within Britain’s elite occupations, the advantages of class are still mistaken for talent. By Sam Friedman and Daniel LaurisonMark has one of the most coveted jobs in television. As a senior commissioner at one of Britain’s biggest broadcasters, he controls a budget extending to the millions. And every day, a steady stream of independent television producers arrive at his desk desperate to land a pitch. At just 39, Mark is young to wield such power. After making his name as a programmemaker, he ...
Tags: London, Money, Media, Students, Education, Careers, Society, Work & careers, Britain, Higher Education, Schools, Social Mobility, University of Oxford, Oxbridge and elitism, Access to university, University of Cambridge


#3quotes from Dewey

One of the most valued books in my personal library was first published over a hundred years ago, in 1916. It's by John Dewey and is called Democracy and Education. One of the first things I learnt from reading Dewey, is that we don't teach subjects, we teach people. Dewey opposed the mechanistic methods of education that were prevalent in his day, proposing (then) radical solutions. His thoughts about the nature of education extend to what cannot be taught, but is learnt by experience:"There i...
Tags: Learning, Education, Democracy, Stem, Curriculum, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, John Dewey, Dewey, Illich, Differentiation, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Learning By Doing


Chicago Police Banned From School for Tasing & Punching 16-Year-Old Girl, Yet She’s the One Facing Felony Charges

Three Chicago police officers seen on video punching and tasing a 16-year-old female student at a school in the city’s West Side have been barred from returning to the campus until an investigation is completed, a Chicago Schools spokesperson announced.The disturbing video footage, taken at Marshall High School, shows three officers subduing Dnigma Howard, a black student, by repeatedly using a stun gun on her and striking her with a closed fist. According to reports, Cook County prosecutors sa...
Tags: Videos, News, Teens, Abc, Chicago, Schools, Jazz, Police Brutality, Taser, Cps, Howard, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Public Schools, Cook County, West Side, Sun Times


#3quotes from Illich

This is a continuation of my short blog series on 3 quotes from seminal education writers. Today, I feature the anarchist education theorist Ivan Illich.For many, Ivan Illich remains one of the sternest critics of compulsory mass education. His controversial volume Deschooling Society (1970) was a radical, neo-Marxist perspective on the control exerted upon society by oppressive education systems. It was also a progressive manifesto for change, where he espoused 'Learning Webs' (the title of Ch...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Illich, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Ivan Illich, WEBS, Funnels, Deschooling, Marion Boyers Publishers Previous


#3quotes from Freire

One of the most valued books in my personal education library is Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. If you are a teacher but haven't yet read it, I thoroughly recommend it - this book is a game changer. Here I present some of my annotations to accompany three classic quotes from the book, to get you started:Freire is critical of the transmission method found in schools, in which what he calls the 'banking concept', is consistently applied. This is where tea...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, Narrative, Dialogue, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Freire, Paulo Freire, Problem Posing Education, Transmission Method


Students' phallic prank as seen from a satellite

Students at Mackie Academy secondary school in Aberdeenshire, Scotland created a piece of high art on the playing field. While the act occurred last year, its documentation -- which was actually the real prank -- apparently lives on in Google Earth. “I’m sure there is lots of penises drawn in lots of places around the school and many other schools across the country, but this really is impressive," said one former student. (The Scottish Sun) Of course, they weren't the first students to pl...
Tags: Post, News, Students, Satellites, Schools, Google Earth, Pranks, Penises, APS, Aberdeenshire Scotland, Aerial Views, Mackie Academy


Amazon to fund computer science classes in over 130 NYC high schools

Following Amazon’s decision to set up one of its new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, the company announced this morning a plan to fund computer science classes in over 130 New York City area high schools. Specifically, Amazon will fund both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes across all five NYC boroughs, including over 30 schools in Queens, near its new headquarters. The courses will be supported by the Amazon Future Engineer program, whose stated goal is to bring over...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, New York, Education, NYC, New York City, Tech, Engineering, Queens, Schools, Arlington VA, Advanced Placement AP, Long Island City Queens, Specifically Amazon, Instead Amazon, HQ2


A pain in the Arts

Photo by Steve Wheeler In yesterday's post about the BETT Show, I wrote about how people are the most important element of the massive education trade show. I met up with many old friends and colleagues during the 3 days I was at the show, and especially enjoyed catching up with some I had worked with during my time at Plymouth University. One, James Bettany, is still teaching there, and we spent a good two hours together reminiscing, and exchanging news. James mentioned to me that he i...
Tags: Hollywood, Arts, Learning, Education, Government, Teaching, Schools, Harry Potter, Michael Rosen, eLearning, James, Isaacs, Rosen, Goldsmiths University, Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy


People at #BETT2019

Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm just back from another BETT Show, and I intend to write some reflections on what I saw, heard and experienced in future posts. Watch this space. But first, I want to write about the most important element....For me, the highlight of every BETT Show is not the vendors, nor is it the shiny technology - it's the people. The London Excel centre is a vast warehouse of space, and it takes a long time to wend your way across its acres of carpet. But at just about eve...
Tags: Technology, London, Learning, Education, Teachers, Schools, eLearning, Fringe, Drew Buddie, Educators, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Bill Lord, Teachmeet, Ian Usher, BETT2019


Orkney rated Britain's best place to live in terms of quality of life

Scotland and north of England dominate top five as measured by housing, crime and schoolsOrkney is the best place to live in the UK, with cheap houses, low crime, good schools and a population who are among the happiest and healthiest in the country, according to the annual Halifax quality of life survey.The survey found that all the top five best places to live in the UK were in Scotland or the north of England. Richmondshire in the north of the Yorkshire Dales came second, while the appropriat...
Tags: Business, UK, England, Crime, Money, Education, Housing, Scotland, Life and style, Communities, Society, UK News, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Schools, Halifax


“If you’re football, hockey or soccer, the insurance business doesn’t want you.”

Not just football in its various forms with its known concussion dangers, but other games too face an insurance drought, especially as regards youth participation: “Overall, I think that there is a real threat to the viability of contact sports.” [Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN] Tags: football, schools, sports
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Football, Sports, Schools, Steve Fainaru, Mark Fainaru Wada


Perkins+Wills University of Hawaii building is an eco-conscious beacon in West Oahu

The University of Hawaii West Oahu has gained a new Perkins+Will-designed addition that’s not only visually striking but also site-specific to Kapolei, a planned community on the island of Oahu. Created in collaboration with Hawaii-based KYA Design Group, the campus building offers a mix of workspaces and learning areas for students, faculty and staff. All parts of the University of Hawaii’s new Administration and Allied Health Building was inspired by the site context, from the siting of the b...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Hawaii, Schools, Balcony, Lanai, Ontario, Topsoil, Oahu, CMU, University of Hawaii, Kapolei, KTTC, West Oahu, University of Hawaii West Oahu


Malaysia revises school textbook which tells girls sex is shameful

‘Victim-blaming’ illustration instructs girls to cover up and not to visit quiet places aloneThe Malaysian education ministry has ordered the removal of a page from a school textbook which warned young girls that having sex would bring shame on their families and urged them to “protect the modesty of their genitals”.An illustration in the textbook, issued to all eight and nine-year-olds in Malaysia, instructed girls to get changed behind closed doors, wear clothes that covered up their bodies an...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Schools, Sex Education


The schoolgirls who warned of Rwanda's genocide

Katori Hall’s play Our Lady of Kibeho is the story of three friends who insisted that they were visited by the Virgin Mary and told of the horror that lay aheadThe 16-year-old schoolgirl Alphonsine Mumureke said she was in the cafeteria of the Catholic boarding school Kibeho College, Rwanda, when she heard a voice “soft as air and sweeter than music”. She saw a beautiful woman – neither white nor black – floating above the floor in a flowing seamless dress, with a veil that covered her hair. She...
Tags: Education, Africa, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Catholicism, Stage, Schools, Catholic, Rwanda, Virgin Mary, Katori Hall, Kibeho, Alphonsine Mumureke, Kibeho College Rwanda


Schools and childhood roundup

“It also highlights the shortcomings of federal education [privacy] laws that protect even admitted killers like [the Parkland, Florida school gunman] who are no longer students.” [Brittany Wallman, Megan O’Matz and Paula McMahon, South Florida Sun Sentinel] Germany forbids homeschooling and the European Court of Human Rights has just upheld the removal of four children from their parents’ home over the issue [BBC] Is there a constitutional right to homeschool in the U.S.? [Eugene Volokh] ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington Post, Germany, Uncategorized, Bbc, Atlantic, Schools, European Court Of Human Rights, Rhode Island, San Antonio, Trump, U S Supreme Court, Rodriguez, Eugene Volokh, Lenore Skenazy


School police officer removed after ticketing principal for parking in disabled space

At Jefferson K-8 School in Warren, Ohio, school police officer Adam Chinchik noticed that a car kept parking in the no-parking zone between two disabled spaces in front of the school. Turns out that it was the school principal's car. Apparently Chinchik apparently warned the principal and then finally issued a citation. "Within one hour (of the citation), the superintendent had ordered two administrators to go to Jefferson and escort the SRO off the property," Warren police union spokesperso...
Tags: Post, News, Police, Schools, Jefferson, Stabile, WCMH, Warren Ohio, No Parking Zones, Principals, Jefferson K 8 School, Adam Chinchik, Chinchik, Michael Stabile


Timber-clad Polish kindergarten encourages kids to play on the green roof

A recently completed kindergarten in Poland is giving children a new way to reconnect with the outdoors and stellar views of the neighborhood. Designed by Polish architecture firm Biuro Toprojekt, the kindergarten in Żory boasts an accessible roof terrace planted with ornamental grasses with plenty of space to play and gather. In addition to encouraging play and appreciation of nature, the inspiring design of the building has also earned it a nomination for the European Union Prize for Contempo...
Tags: School, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Schools, Poland, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Timber, Kindergarten, Mies van der Rohe, Rooftop Terrace, Mineral Wool, Polish Architecture, Biuro Toprojekt, EU Mies award


Schools urged to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022

Education secretary asks headteachers to consider using sustainable alternativesSchools are being encouraged to set themselves the target of eliminating their reliance on single-use plastics by 2022.The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has urged headteachers in England to consider using sustainable alternatives instead of non-recyclable plastic for items such as straws, bottles, bags and food packaging. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Education, Environment, UK News, Pollution, Schools, Green politics, Plastics, Damian Hinds


Seattle Experiment Shows Later School Start Times Can Help Teens Get More Sleep

Here’s some refreshing good news, courtesy of a new study released last week in Science Advances. Teens in Seattle got more sleep, were less tardy, and even did better in class after schools across the area delayed their start times by about an hour.Read more...
Tags: Science, Teens, Sleep, Public Health, Schools, Seattle, Seattle Experiment Shows Later School Start Times


Victorian schools could lose billions as state-federal negotiations break down

Victoria’s education minister says commonwealth rejects compromise and he ‘won’t be bullied’ into signing a ‘dud’ funding dealVictorian schools could lose billions of dollars next year because the state and federal governments cannot come to an agreement on a long-term funding deal.Negotiations between Daniel Andrews’ newly elected government and the commonwealth have ground to a halt a day out from Friday’s education council meeting, as the state continues to stare down Canberra. Continue readi...
Tags: Education, Australia news, Australian politics, Schools, Victorian politics, Victoria, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Australian education, Daniel Andrews, Gonski Reforms, School funding


Mobile phones to be banned in NSW public primary schools

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says they are distracting and cause stress in young children Mobile phones will be banned from public primary schools across New South Wales from next year.The state government announced the move on Thursday, following a review into their use in classrooms. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Social Media, Australia news, New South Wales, Schools, New South Wales politics, Australian education, Gladys Berejiklian


Scotland's top earners to pay more tax as higher rate frozen

Scottish finance secretary to freeze threshold for higher-rate income tax at £43,431 to help finance cuts for least well-offScotland’s top earners face higher income tax bills to help finance cuts for the least well-off and an increase in spending on hospitals and nurseries, the Scottish government has announced.Derek Mackay, the Scottish finance secretary, said he would freeze the level at which higher-rate tax will be paid, at £43,431, from next April rather than raising that threshold by infl...
Tags: Politics, Budget, Scotland, UK News, Tax and spending, Hospitals, Income Tax, Schools, Treasury, Scottish National party (SNP, Derek Mackay


Study finds high levels of depression among LGBT teenagers

Feelings of being different believed to lead to self-harm and other mental health issuesYoung LGBT people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, research has found.LGBT 16- to 21-year-olds are four times more likely to have felt depressed, harmed themselves and thought about killing themselves, according to a study based on interviews with 4,800 young people from in and around Bristol. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Children, Lgbt, Society, UK News, Mental Health, LGBT rights, Schools, Young People, Bristol, Bristol Continue


Study finds high levels of depression among LGB teenagers

Feelings of being different believed to lead to self-harm and other mental health issuesYoung lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, research has found.LGB 16- to 21-year-olds are four times more likely to have felt depressed, harmed themselves and thought about killing themselves, according to a study based on interviews with 4,800 young people from in and around Bristol. Continue r...
Tags: Health, Children, Society, UK News, Mental Health, LGBT rights, Schools, Young People, Bristol, LGB, Bristol Continue