Student freshers given Paddington Bear-style 'safety wristbands' amid fear that 'snowflake generation' is being mollycoddled at university
For thousands of students around the country arriving for their first week at university freshers' week is a time of experimentation out of sight of their parents. But today's generation of 'snowflake' students seem not to be trusted to avoid the pitfalls and take themselves home safely at the end of a night on the town. One student housing company is handing out Paddington Bear-style wristbands printed with their address and emergency contact details. Campus Living Villages is giving the brightly-coloured safety wristbands to 13,000 first-year students this month, including undergraduates from the Universities of Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool.Read more ...
How better education has built a more secular Britain
It’s official: the people of Great Britain have lost faith. New research from the British Social Attitudes survey reveals that 71 per cent of young people are not religious. Overall, 53 per cent of the population in England and Wales are non-religious. It is the first time that following a religion has been a minority position. Only 18 per cent of people are actively practising. So why is this happening? Are the young just feckless and uninterested, or has society somehow “failed” to persuade them that religion should be part of their lives? Around 20 per cent of British schools are, after all, “faith schools”. Surely a religious school, chosen by parents, should produce young people whoRead more ...
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“It is a fun way of reinforcing all the great work being done by teachers every day in the classroom.” – Chris Packham, TV presenter, author and education advocate. “Now, we all know that keeping learning fun and informative is the key to gaining and keeping pupils’ interest and concentration, which is why I have become a massive fan of the website, Education Quizzes.” This is what TV presenter, author, and education advocate, Chris Packham, said when he was asked what he thought about Education Quizzes. But that is not all… “You see, they are written by teachers who understand the sticking points that pupils have when they are trying to understand a complexRead more ...
Domestic abuse victims are ignored because some police officers see it as a 'lifestyle choice', report finds
Child victims of domestic abuse are being ignored because some police officers see it as a “lifestyle choice”, a major report has found. Authorities must undergo a “sea-change” in their attitudes, inspectors have warned, after finding that at times, victims have been “incorrectly held responsible for the risk of domestic abuse”. Authors of a report, titled “Prevent, protect and repair”, said social workers, police, health professionals, youth offending teams and probation services must focus more on perpetrators rather than just victims. The report - written by inspectors from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, and HMRead more ...
Boys are better at physics because they learn about 'projection' while going to the toilet, researchers say
Boys are better at Physics because they learn about “projection” while going to the toilet, researchers have claimed. From a young age, boys are taught about how to aim accurately so that they do not make a mess in the bathroom, and this gives them a better understanding of “projectile motion”, according to three academics. Writing for Times Education Supplement (TES), Anna Wilson of Abertay University along with Kate Wilson and David Low of the University of New South Wales Canberra, explained their theory. “Playful urination practices – from seeing how high you can pee to games such as Peeball (where men compete using their urine to destroy a ball placed in a urinal) –Read more ...
Freshers' week charity auction investigated by university over ties to 'slavery'
Students who planned to hold a charity auction during freshers’ week are now under investigation by the university authorities over the event’s association with “slavery”. Two events, titled “slave auction” and a “slave night”, were advertised as part of the entertainment programme laid on for new students at Loughborough University during their first week of term. The social gatherings - organised by Faraday Hall, one of the university's halls of residence - provoked an outcry from the university’s African-Caribbean Society (ACS), which said they showed a “blatant disregard for coloured people”.Read more ...