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Education

Black students frustrated at lack of action on university racism, MPs told

Today at 20:24 PM, via The Guardian

Academics and student leaders tell committee black students and staff face ‘ingrained institutional racism’

Academics and student leaders have told MPs of their frustration at the denial of and the lack of practical action to tackle the “ingrained institutional racism” experienced by black students and staff on university campuses.

Nicola Rollock, a professor of social policy and race at...

Education

Rebranding maths as numeracy? It doesn’t add up

Today at 16:54 PM, via The Guardian

Two government advisers claim the subject seems ‘scary’ and ‘hard’, while academics warn of ‘mathematics anxiety’. Would changing a few names really help?

Name: Good question. Let’s go with “the discipline formerly known as maths”.

Age: About 2,500 years old.

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Education

‘My spelling isn’t that great’: Michael Morpurgo on why teaching kids to love writing is more important than grammar

Today at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

The author, poet and playwright on why we should move away from Michael Gove-mandated lessons on fronted adverbials and back to unleashing the creative potential of children

I didn’t love reading at all when I was young. As a teacher, I loved it, and now as a reader, I love it. But I was put off the whole idea of words very early on.

Some years ago, I was made to do a key stage 2 (seven to 11...

Entertainment

The Ringling Bros. circus is returning next year — without elephants

Today at 16:48 PM, via CNN

If you’ve missed gawking at human cannonballs and unicycling clowns under a figurative big top while the smell of popcorn wafts through the air, you’re in luck: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is being revived less than a decade after it shuttered.

Science/Tech

Google Blocks File Manager Total Commander From Allowing Users To Sideload Apps

Today at 20:44 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader shares a report: Total Commander has been around since the 90s, eventually expanding into Android after the platform launched over a decade ago. The app has more than 10 million downloads on the Play Store, still supporting OS versions as far back as Android 2.2. With a new update, developer Christian Ghisler has removed the ability to install APK files on Android, blaming...

Science/Tech

Senators Urge FTC To Probe ID.me Over Selfie Data

Today at 20:05 PM, via Slashdot

Some of more tech-savvy Democrats in the U.S. Senate are asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate identity-proofing company ID.me for “deceptive statements” the company and its founder allegedly made over how they handle facial recognition data collected on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service, which until recently required anyone seeking a new IRS account online to provide a...

Science/Tech

Napster Gets Bought Again, This Time With a Web3 Pivot in the Works

Today at 19:25 PM, via Slashdot

Napster has been acquired again, this time by two companies from the web3 sector: Hivemind and Algorand. “Dear friends, we are excited to share that we’ve taken Napster Group private, and to bring the iconic music brand to web3,” wrote Hivemind founder Matt Zhang on LinkedIn. From a report: “Volatile market and uncertain times often bring exciting opportunities. At Hivemind, we believe in...