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  • Schools don’t need to bin Shakespeare – but it’s time for us to teach him differently | Nadeine Asbali May 24, 2022
    Decolonising the curriculum doesn’t mean losing traditional texts, but studying the power imbalances my pupils already experienceApparently Shakespeare is the latest victim of the culture wars, with some fearing the Bard is about to be thrown out of classrooms across England in the name of decolonisation. Wokeness has already culled the dead white man from […]
    Nadeine Asbali
  • Universities told to crack down on spiking after ‘brazen’ attacks on students May 24, 2022
    Universities minister launches working group to spearhead plans for practical action to help keep students safeUniversities are to be required to introduce policies by the end of the year to crack down on drink and needle spiking, amid concern about increasingly brazen attacks on students.Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said she had seen the impact […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • ‘I’ve never seen one in real life’: orchestra wows young audience in Great Yarmouth May 24, 2022
    BBC Concert Orchestra residency aims to inspire children and improve wellbeing in Norfolk townTen-year-old Fabian usually listens to pop and rock music at home in Great Yarmouth, but watching the BBC’s Concert Orchestra live on stage, it was the calming notes of the violin that were his favourite.Like many of the 200 pupils in the […]
    Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent
  • State schools are not the wild west and Britain’s strictest headmistress is not Clint Eastwood | Zoe Williams May 24, 2022
    The right wing press believes Katharine Birbalsingh has done something magical by creating a safe learning environment in a state school. But that just betrays their ignoranceThe documentary Britain’s Strictest Headmistress hit the small screen on Sunday. It continues to do the diligent work of Katharine Birbalsingh, in mythologising herself so furiously that, if you […]
    Zoe Williams
  • Bolivia’s perennial student leader clung to post for decades without graduating May 23, 2022
    Max Mendoza has been arrested after a judge said his 32-year enrollment at university on a government salary may be a crimeMax Mendoza has been a remarkably persistent student – and a profitable one: he has been enrolled at a public university in Bolivia for 32 years but never graduated, much of it while being […]
    AP in La Paz
  • Office for Students chair speaks at same event as denounced racist May 23, 2022
    Tory leaders urged to investigate after James Wharton appears at Cpac Hungary on same day as Zsolt BayerMinisters are facing calls to investigate the chair of England’s university regulator about his participation in a conference for the Republican party, which platformed a notorious racist and antisemite.Labour and the Liberal Democrats called on Conservative party leaders […]
    David Batty
  • A slice of Silicon Valley – inside the RCA’s colossal new £135m building May 23, 2022
    The Royal College of Art’s brutalist new building – by architects Herzog & de Meuron – reflects a shift from art school to science-tech powerhouse. But is a business-facing behemoth what its students really need?Standing like the brutalist lovechild of a factory and a multi-storey car park, the Royal College of Art’s colossal new studio […]
    Oliver Wainwright
  • Nursery trainer tells of racist abuse after Tory MP calls work ‘brainless’ May 23, 2022
    Liz Pemberton says she has received offensive emails after John Hayes criticised her anti-racism workAn early years trainer has said she received a torrent of racist emails after a Conservative politician described her work as “brainless nonsense” and called for her to be “defunded”.Liz Pemberton, who runs an anti-racist training and consultancy company called the […]
    Jessica Murray
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