29 juin 2016

Multiculturalism can foster a new kind of Englishness

The ConversationBy . To many, multiculturalism as a political idea in Britain suffered a body blow in 2001. In the shock of 9/11 terrorism and after race riots in some northern English towns, many forecast that its days were numbered. More...

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How the British military became a champion for language learning

The ConversationBy . In a new report on the value of languages, my colleagues and I showcased how a new language policy instituted last year within the British Army, was triggered by a growing appreciation of the risks of language shortages for national security. More...

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Translation: a bridge between languages that can foster cultural equality

The ConversationBy . The ongoing migration crisis is unparalleled in living memory, and it painfully illustrates how large-scale population displacements can rapidly create social situations in which linguistic differences become flashpoints. The inability of migrants to speak the first language of a country to which they have travelled can arouse suspicion and alienation. These differences create divisions that can only be bridged by translating from one language to another, and from one culture to another. More...

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Power to the students: how the nature of higher education is changing

The ConversationBy . A large majority of UK undergraduates are satisfied with their university course, according to the results of an annual survey of 15,000 full-time students. But the 2016 student academic experience survey found perceptions of “good value for money” are in decline, indicating that students are becoming more demanding. More...

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Debunked: links between term-time holidays and lower grades

The ConversationBy . The government’s guidance on attendance states that parents are “responsible for making sure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full-time education”, which can be by “regular attendance at school”, an alternative provision, or home schooling. More...

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Is there a right way to learn to read?

The ConversationBy . Phonics is based on training children’s “segmental phonological awareness” (that is, raising their awareness of letters and sounds and teaching them segmenting and blending skills). But there is a second part to phonological awareness known as “suprasegmental phonology”. It refers to the rhythmic components of spoken language that accompany the segmental elements, such as stress placement, intonation or pitch, and timing. More...

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What is the National Citizen Service?

The ConversationBy . A further £1.2 billion pound investment was announced in the 2016 Queen’s Speech as part of a new permanent statutory footing which will mean that all schools have a duty to promote NCS. More...

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Why we need to teach political philosophy in schools

The ConversationBy . What is the spectre haunting Europe today? It’s simple. The thing that truly dogs us, that really drags at our heels, is ignorance. Ignorance of the fundamental ideas at the heart of politics. Ignorance of the key terms of political argument: liberty, equality, power, justice, and so on. Ignorance of the subject matter of political philosophy. More...

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Beware the digital entrepreneurs who are opening their own schools

The ConversationBy . To children who love computer games, it could be a dream come true. In early February, Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education, announced plans to open two new free schools focusing on computer programming skills in 2017. More...

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How the young have forged European identity – from the Grand Tour to the Erasmus generation

The ConversationBy . As a wave of Eurosceptic feeling continues to spread across Europe, few voices are extolling the educational and cultural benefits of political union on the continent. Yet many of today’s young Europeans, as their ancestors did before them, see the European Union’s ability to widen their eyes to transnational forms of identity. More...

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