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Helping students with Asperger's prepare for university life
(The Guardian- 9 September 2014)
As the number of autistic students soars, universities are trying hard to help them with their social and life skills. "I am quite a fussy eater. I only like avocado and boiled egg," Stefania Hanson explains, as her friend pushes a trolley past the frozen peas. They're navigating their way around Asda in Birmingham's Perry Barr...
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School hand-book on Islamic history and culture hits the rocks
(Radio Prague- 12 September 2014)
A project aimed at presenting the history and culture of Islam to Czech students in view of building a multicultural, tolerant society has hit the rocks. The Czech Education Ministry announced on Thursday it was withdrawing its support for the project after receiving numerous complaints from parents.
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Online English course attracts 100,000 students
(BBC News- 11 September 2014)
More than 100,000 people have signed up for a single online course providing English language lessons.It is the British Council's first experiment with so-called Moocs, or massive open online courses, which deliver tuition free of charge. Spain, Burma and Russia are among the countries with the biggest number of students taking the six-week course.
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Nigeria: Ebola - House to re-examine schools' resumption date
(allAfrica- 10 September 2014)
The House of Representatives has asked its Committee on Education to take another look at the resumption date announced for private and public schools in the country.This directive was necessitated by growing concerns amongst the public, especially parents and guardians of students, over the recent decision by the education authorities...
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Shakespearean academics clash over 'conspiracy theories'
(The Telegraph- 11 September 2014)
Shakespeare wasn't immune to throwing around the odd insult, penning some of the greatest put-downs in the history of the English language.“Thine face is not worth sunburning”; “Thou art as fat as butter”; “You are as a candle, the better part burnt out”.But now the Bard himself is at the centre of some distinctly colourful language...
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Swat in Pakistan rebuilds Taliban-destroyed schools
(Central Asia Online- 8 September 2014)
Workers are rebuilding or have rebuilt many of the schools destroyed by Taliban militants in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. "Taliban militants damaged 122 schools in Swat [from 2007-2013] because of their misconception that modern education is not permitted in Islam," Provincial Disaster Management Authority Director-General...
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One in three Europeans more educated than parents, research finds
(EUobserver- 9 September 2014)
One in every three young Europeans has a higher level of education than their parents, according to new research. However, the number of young people with lower educational attainment than their parents has increased, with researchers finding increasing correlation between the success of children and that of their parents.
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Tanks at the school gates? San Diego school police acquires its own MRAP
(The Guardian- 11 September 2014)
The nation gaped at the sight of a military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle trundling through Ferguson, but it turns out that was relatively restrained policing. Relative, that is, to San Diego, where police will use a similar steel behemoth for the city’s schools.
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A quarter of parents 'do their children's homework'
(The Telegraph- 11 September 2014)
According to a recent survey, parents believe that children have "too much" homework, and what they are given is "too difficult", leading to nearly a quarter (23 per cent) completing homework with no input from their child. In the research, carried out by UK money saving website,, science topped the list of subjects...
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Economic crisis pushing young adults in OECD countries to remain in education – report
(RT- 10 September 2014)
The economic crisis is encouraging young people in OECD countries to stay in education for an additional 15 years, according to a new report. While some commentators regard this as a good thing, those with lower education levels are suffering badly.Educational mobility has ground to a halt and the percentage of people...
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