Reassuring news from Universities UK regarding the collaboration with Germany beyond Brexit:
From Isis Brook, Head of Faculty for Environment and Transdisciplinary Studies at Crossfields Institute:
“There has been a fascinating news item about the difference between the school experience of Chinese pupils and UK pupils. This stark culture clash was experienced by pupils at one school where an experiment was conducted. For four weeks, year 9 pupils in one UK school adopted the pattern of the Chinese school day and had Chinese teachers. The pupils wore a special uniform and started the 12 hour school day at 07:00. Once a week there was a pledge to the flag. Lessons were focused on note-taking and repetition.
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To see how they got on access the BBC iplayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06565zm
From a research perspective I would love to see the ethics clearance forms that must have been involved in something like this.”
As more and more children are accessing the internet with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, this raises various questions regarding the risks versus the benefits. Of course, access to useful educational information is of tremendous value, but there are potential dangers involved if children have access to everything that the internet offers. A new project called Net Children Go Mobile, a project supported by the London School of Economics and co-funded by the European Commision’s Safe Internet Programme, has been set up to study this subject in great detail, with the aim of more fully understanding children’s use of mobile technology and the impact it has on their lives.