Education is both the victim and the best weapon in Central Sahel conflict

A child who fled from Central African Republic attending a class at a refugee camp in Chad. Getty Images Craig Bailie, Stellenbosch University South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, captured the value of education when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This is why quality education is one …

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Gaining knowledge is what makes a degree valuable, not graduate salaries or transferable skills

PhotoSky/Shutterstock Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University The unexpected social and economic challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic have given increased urgency to questions about the purposes of a university education and the kinds of graduates that society needs. Much of this debate has focused on the extent to which university degrees lead to graduate jobs and higher graduate salaries. For example, …

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How to support white British trainee teachers in their thinking and teaching about black British histories

Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Marlon Moncrieffe, University of Brighton Black British history plays a significant role in the formation of British cultural identity and the history of the UK, and ought to be taught as such in UK schools. But evidence from my research on primary school teaching and learning about history and national identity shows that white British teachers – …

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Anticapitalism wasn’t banned in English classrooms during the cold war – why is it now?

Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com Jennifer Luff, Durham University Materials produced by groups with “extreme political stances” have been barred from English classrooms by the UK government under new guidance for the relationships, sex, and health curriculum. Most of these extreme principles – racism, antisemitism and authoritarianism – are uncontroversial. But the list also includes opposition to capitalism: the “desire to overthrow …

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Universities have invested in online learning – and it can provide students with value for money

fizkes/Shutterstock Kyungmee Lee, Lancaster University As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does universities’ reliance on online teaching, prompting complaints from students that they are not getting full value from tuition fees. Students who have returned to campus fear that their university experience as a whole is being diminished. Manchester Metropolitan University has moved first-year teaching online as students self-isolate. The …

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How parents should talk to their children about sex

Talking about sex doesn’t have to be awkward. pixelheadphoto digitalskillet/Shutterstock Áine Aventin, Queen’s University Belfast Parents and children need to be able to discuss sex – but often they avoid these conversations. As part of our sex education research, we spoke to UK teenagers about why they don’t talk to their parents about sex. Visions of excruciating embarrassment topped the …

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How universities can ensure students still have a good experience, despite coronavirus

Kzenon/Shutterstock Helen Higson, Aston University As UK university students begin an academic year, they are experiencing a totally different way of life. Some have already found themselves in lockdown in their residences and are afraid they will not be getting some of the usual benefits of university education. Universities have a duty of care for students’ health and well-being, and …

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Pandemic presents an opportunity for small liberal arts colleges to change

Colgate University is a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

Colgate University is a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images Beth D. Benedix, DePauw University and Steven Volk, Oberlin College and Conservatory In their newly released book, “The Post-Pandemic Liberal Arts College,” Steven Volk, emeritus professor of history at Oberlin College, and Beth D. Benedix, professor of world literature, religious studies and community …

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Guilty or innocent? In virtual courtrooms, the absence of non-verbal cues may threaten justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that courtrooms have been forced to become virtual, but is the long-term adoption of technology a threat to justice? (Shutterstock)

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that courtrooms have been forced to become virtual, but is the long-term adoption of technology a threat to justice? (Shutterstock) Vincent Denault, Université de Montréal Since the beginning of the health crisis, Canadian courts, like those in other countries, have been making a technological shift. The number of proceedings filed online have increased and the …

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17 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

People are more attracted to those who are similar to them. This is known as the similarity-attraction effect. Matt Cardy / Getty

SHUTTERSTOCK Most friendships develop so naturally that you don’t even realize how or when they started. But sometimes you want to make an effort to befriend a new acquaintance or become a better friend to existing pals. Using tricks and techniques like mirroring, subliminal touching, smiling, and letting that other person talk about themselves can make you appear more likable. We scoured the …

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