Why We Need to Discuss the Downsides of New Technology

Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s new book OTHERWORLD is on sale now where books are sold. In 2003, a guy at Harvard built a website so his fellow students could ogle each other. By 2012, one billion people were using that site to stay in touch with their friends. In 2016, the Russian government turned to Facebook to influence the United States presidential election. No one, not even Mark Zuckerberg, saw that one coming. Eighty years ago, beetles were consuming Australia’s crops, so the government imported cane toads from South America, hoping they would get rid…

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The city that Ahmed built: Which version of Ahmedabad are we prepared to preserve?

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s Heritage Walk begins at the Swaminarayan temple in Kalupur. You gather in the early morning in the large open courtyard, flanked on three sides by multi-storeyed haveli buildings. This temple is very different from the elaborate marble temples associated with the sect. Devotees go about their business and pigeons flutter in droves, as the knot of motley tourists heads out into the narrow lanes of Ahmedabad’s old city. The walk meanders through the pols, a form of high-density living accompanied by a highly organised social structure,…

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‘We got Christmas back’: readers mark 25 years since fall of Soviet Union

After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR. To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one. For many readers who got in contact, these memories are tinged with…

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We have the Money, Simply Now not the will

“The studies on early youth schooling is compelling, but given the demographic and economic realities going through the united states of america within the coming decades, we Simply can not have the funds for to make massive investments in new, massive scale public applications.” It is an issue I pay attention loads in my work on early formative years schooling rules. And, on the floor, it appears compelling. Federal spending on Social Protection and Medicare is projected to skyrocket as infant boomers hold to retire, putting significant stress on discretionary…

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Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

The inspectorate has been widely criticised for demoralising teachers and stagnating school improvement. Is it time to ditch the watchdog? What else might work? Professor John Macbeth from the University of Cambridge: ‘Ofsted focuses primarily on maths and English… They marginalise other creative aspects of school life…’ Photograph: Alamy “Scrapping Ofsted would leave us with a fragmented system” Dr Melanie Ehren, reader in educational accountability and improvement, UCL Institute of Education Many teachers and headteachers feel that Ofsted does more harm than good: “overhauling Ofsted” and “abolishing the watchdog” have…

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