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WEDNESDAY, 18 MAY 2022, 22:47


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...


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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‘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...


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.


CDC Expresses Concern About Possibility of Undetected Monkeypox Spread in UK

Today at 22:40 PM, via Slashdot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expressed concern about an unusual outbreak of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, suggesting there appears to be at least some undetected transmission of the virus there and warning of the possibility that the outbreak could spread beyond U.K. borders. From a report: “We do have a level of concern that this is very different than what we...


Who Owns Einstein? The Battle For the World’s Most Famous Face

Today at 22:00 PM, via Slashdot

During his lifetime, Einstein resisted the attempts to commercialise his identity. Now someone makes more than $12 million a year on image licensing. Even the law that allows this profiteering is contentious. Can an heir inherit rights that did not yet exist during the originator’s lifetime? More on this on a long read from The Guardian.

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Sony Readies For ‘Metaverse Revolution’ With Cross-Platform Push

Today at 21:20 PM, via Slashdot

Japanese conglomerate Sony said it is well-positioned to play a leading role in the metaverse, or immersive virtual worlds, which commentators speculate will massively disrupt industries and establish new powerhouses. From a report: “The metaverse is at the same time a social space and live network space where games, music, movies and anime intersect,” Chief Executive Kenichiro Yoshida said at...