Should Schools Allow Googling in Exams?

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Photograph: David Davies/PA

 

An article in The Guardian asks the question: should Googling in exams be allowed? They present two opposing views from two different people:

  • Lola Okolosie thinks this approach may work better in some subjects than others, such as geography and history. She also makes the point that students will still need a solid knowledge foundation in order to quickly find what they are looking for on Google.
  • Chris McGovern thinks that this would be a step backwards, and that it undermines the importance of subject knowledge.

What do you think? You can read the full article at theguardian.com here:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/30/googling-in-exams-allowed-google-searches-gcse-a-level

Steiner Schooling Without the Stress of Tests

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A class of their own: Tilda Swinton and Louis the dog join some of Drumduan’s 17 students on their school trip to Colonsay, with head teacher Krzysztof Zajaczkowski (far left). Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Observer

 

The children of Drumduan Upper School never sit any tests, and they rarely sit at desks. Yet a recent inspection found a school full of happy and inspired students learning about life through practical and creative activities.

Read more:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jun/13/education-school-tilda-swinton-scotland

New Initiative at Oxford University Sets About Tackling Sexism Within Universities

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Photograph: David Levene. Taken from theguardian.com

 

Traditionally, the academic world has been dominated by men, with women struggling to be seen as equals. A new group of women are campaigning to turn things around…

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/24/sexism-women-in-university-academics-feminism

Charlotte von Bulow, Chief Executive of Crossfields Institute:

“Dr Selina Todd has written an interesting article about the lack of equality in universities. She is introducing the readers to the initiative ‘Woman in the Humanities,’ which sets out to explore how gender, ethics and politics of gender identity plays out in the world of humanities academia www.torch.ox.ac.uk/womenandhumanities. The article talks about recurring situations that woman academics face within the current university system. I ask myself: can we expect to experience real change if the system itself doesn’t change? I believe not. Post-structualism touched the issue in the sixties, seventies and eighties and facilitated some movement but we did not see a fundamental change to the system as a result. Equality is therefore still an add-on to the current system we have (a policy, really), rather than embedded in it. Dr Todd’s article raises two questions for me: 1) what does a system look like where equality is embedded, rather than an add-on and 2) if we work on the premise that we (women) are part of the problem, what is our role in the change process?”