Educational disparity in the playground

I saw the “privileged few” on Monday. Picture the scene: a beautiful sunny day in a village, near Northampton, all the primary school children ran the Race for Life for Cancer Research. Having only a small playground, they were allowed to run on the extensive playing fields of the private school opposite, while their children played cricket and rounders. I am afraid that my afternoon was somewhat spoilt by the contrast. No losing of valuable teachers and school lunches for them! Well done, everyone. Marilyn Turner Crewe, Cheshire • In 1937…

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Education Rising in New Mexico

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera spends a lot of time traveling the state, meeting educators and families, listening to their stories. On one occasion, she heard from a mother pleading not let her other children have the same experience as her eldest son. That son needed costly remedial tutoring throughout his first year of college because he was not academically prepared for the advanced coursework. And get this: He was his high school’s valedictorian. “It should not matter what zip code you live in for how prepared you are…

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‘Alt-Reich’ member charged in fatal stabbing of black student

The FBI is looking into whether the fatal stabbing of a black student by a white student at the University of Maryland was a hate crime. Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, was arrested on murder charges in the death of Richard Collins III in the early hours of Saturday, according to police. Mr Collins, 23, was visiting friends at the College Park campus when he was stabbed in the chest with a knife. The victim was commissioned as a US Army lieutenant two days earlier. He was set to graduate from…

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Goa India’s most preferred travel destination; Manali, Shimla in top 10: Report

Be it winter or summer, Indians do not seem to get enough of Goa. A new Google India report released on Wednesday shows that Goa remains the most preferred destination within the country. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands witnessed a boom in popularity with 39.8% year-on-year growth. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the top 10 destinations list, according to the report based on searches conducted by Indians between February and April 2017. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the…

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How to improve score in JEE Advanced 2017

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced will be held on 21st May and around 1.5 lakhs students will be selected from the ones who had appeared for the JEE Main in the month of April, both in the offline and online exams. While the JEE Main can be tough, the JEE Advanced is a nail biter indeed. After all, it is the deciding exam for those who will get admission into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). The JEE Advanced is said by many to be one of the toughest…

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WeChat Blocked in Russia: Tencent Says It’s ‘Deeply Sorry’

Chinese Internet giant Tencent said Saturday it was “deeply sorry” its messaging app WeChat was blocked in Russia, adding it was in touch with authorities to resolve the issue. WeChat, which had 889 million global users by the end of 2016, was not properly registered with Russian regulators, Tencent said. It is not clear how many Russia-based users the app has. “We’re experiencing a block and we’re deeply sorry,” a company official said on a Tencent microblog. “Russian regulations say online service providers have to register with the government but…

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New friendships best-kept secret in travel

BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY— As a kid, I dreamed of traveling. My parents purchased a set of World Book encyclopedias when I was about 4 years old, and for more than a decade that was my conduit to other parts of the globe. I dreamed of far-off exotic lands and what they must be like: the people, the animals, the food. In my teen years, my travel ambitions moved closer to home as I was enamored with the Los Angeles rock scene. In my 20s, I narrowed my wanderlust to the South and…

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Video technology in the A-League It is important VAR use is restricted to clearly wrong decisions

Skewing away from that basic rule will open up all sorts of problems, grey areas and furious debates over interpretation that football does not need. Amidst all the hysteria, particularly on social media, over the decision to award Jordy Buijs’ goal for Sydney FC against Perth Glory, fans need to distinguish two very different arguments. 1) Should we actually have the VAR at all in football? 2) Should Bobo have been adjudged to have interfered with Dino Djulbic in the A-League semi-final on Saturday night? If, as you suspect it…

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What education policies should the parties put in their election manifestos

Ross Sargent, parent and governor, early years centre, Cambridgeshire All the evidence suggests the more funding the better at the early years stages, and that represents the greatest return on investment. So the first thing has to be a promise not to cut in early years. I would love to see the people who are genuinely experts in education in charge of what goes into our kids’ education – it doesn’t feel that way now – and the focus placed on the importance of teachers so they have the time…

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ELT expenditures in Malta slip as enrolments stall

ELT students in Malta spent around €139m last year, down from €161m in 2015, and accounted for 10.7% of all total guest nights in the country. Profitability of the ELT sector fell for the second year in a row as well. Profit per student week was predicted to have dropped to €35.86 per student, a fall from €42.2 in 2015. Last year, the country welcomed 76,730 students to the country – a minor increase of 1.6% on the previous year. “The international scene in 2016 has not been without strife” This cohort…

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