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THURSDAY, 07 DECEMBER 2023, 15:25


US public schools took a stance on Israel-Hamas. The backlash was swift

Today at 15:00 PM, via The Guardian

The politicization of education has resulted in schools becoming culture-war battlegrounds, often leading to more division than solidarity

On 7 October, the day Hamas attacked Israel and the country began bombarding Gaza, the superintendent of the Los Angeles unified school district posted on social media: “We stand with Israel.”

Weeks later, the teacher’s union in Oakland, California, issued...

‘Dark thoughts’: how Ruth Perry’s resolve fell apart after Ofsted visit

Today at 14:11 PM, via The Guardian

Experienced Reading headteacher suffered rapid psychological decline after stressful inspectors’ visit

Ruth Perry was the headteacher of one of Reading’s most popular primary schools for 13 years, the same school that she had attended as a child. Staff and colleagues described her as a rock: talented, capable and compassionate. Her GP testified that she had no mental health issues over the...

Ofsted inspection contributed to headteacher’s suicide, coroner rules

Today at 13:51 PM, via The Guardian

Inquest examined watchdog’s role in Ruth Perry’s decline after Reading primary school’s rating was downgraded

A headteacher killed herself this year after an Ofsted inspection of her school downgraded it from “outstanding” to “inadequate”, a coroner has concluded.

Heidi Connor, the Reading coroner, found Perry’s suicide was “contributed to by an Ofsted inspection carried out between 15 and...

Africa: AU Member States Validated the Teachers’ Guides and Learners’ Manuals Needed for the AU Strategy on Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

Today at 13:23 PM, via AllAfrica

[African Union] African Union Member States Validation Meeting on the Teachers’ Guides and Learners’ Manuals needed for the AU Strategy for the inclusion and Mainstreaming of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in School Curricula was held in Maputo, Mozambique from 4 to 6 December 2023. The meeting was organized by the Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Unit under...

Liberia: Gongloe Charges African Law Students, Others

Today at 10:22 AM, via AllAfrica

[New Republic] Renowned Human Rights Lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe has charged the newly elected leadership of the African Law Students Association and legal practitioner He says peace can’t be sustained in any country without the adherence to the rule of law, urging that lawyers therefore, should be agent of change.

How Studying the Humanities Helps Humanity

Yesterday at 19:29 PM, via New York Times

Readers agree with a guest essay touting the benefits. Also: Senator Tommy Tuberville’s blockade; living with grief; ethics and a murder documentary.

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