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Where do teachers get the most respect?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The teaching profession has a high public status in China If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem.But their colleagues in Brazil, Israel and Italy are at the other end of this "teacher status index", based
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Epilepsy: ‘I’m not daydreaming Miss, I’m having a seizure’

[ad_1] Image caption Olivia was diagnosed with absence seizures at the age of 11 "When I was younger my teachers thought I was naughty and 'away with the fairies'. But I was having absence seizures," says Olivia Salvati, 21."It's not like daydreaming - it's like having a horrendous nightmare that leaves you feeling completely drained."Olivia found that her absence seizures - a type of epilepsy - meant she was often
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Stranger Danger: Still the right message for children?

[ad_1] Image caption Say No to Strangers (1981) - a film produced by the Home Office and shown across the UK Many parents remember the "Stranger Danger" message given to children during the 1970s and 80s. Government videos warned children not to talk to people they didn't know. But a new message is being trialled in the UK, which its creators think is better at keeping children safe. "I tried
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Do schools help or hinder social mobility?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In the US, social mobility is proving elusive for younger generations Do schools help social mobility and fairness? Or do they give even more advantages to the better-off?Even if they can't make up for all inequalities, at least we might expect them to make the playing field more level.But a major international study on social mobility from the OECD economics think tank shows
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Leaving care: ‘A spare room changed my life’

[ad_1] Image copyright Barnardo's Image caption Chloe (r) had more than 30 foster placements before she moved in with Sarah Chapman (l) Leaving care can feel like facing a cliff edge and it is not only care leavers who say this, it is government ministers. They are launching a landmark scheme to ease the path to adulthood for some of England's most vulnerable teenagers. More than 50 organisations, including government
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Is democracy having a mid-life crisis?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The election of President Trump is likened to buying a motorbike during a mid-life crisis Democracy isn't dying, but it is having a very unpredictable mid-life crisis.That's the view of David Runciman, head of Cambridge University's politics department, who has been trying to explain the current state of Western democracy, in an era of Trump, social media and widening economic division.The Cambridge Festival
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Universities: Is free speech under threat?

[ad_1] Free speech is being threatened at British universities by a culture of offence among certain students, according to critics.A Parliamentary inquiry has reported, regulator the Office for Students has threatened to fine universities that fail to uphold free speech and the Equality and Human Rights Commission is drawing up guidelines for universities.A small number of incidents have been held up time and again and debated fiercely. But what evidence
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Does it matter what degree grade you get?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities are being warned they could be penalised in teaching quality rankings for handing out too many top degree grades.But if the proportion of students getting first-class degrees has doubled since the late 1990s, does it make any difference to those who get them?The University of Surrey has given first-class degrees to more than 40% of its students in recent years - and now about
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Children with problems or problem children?

[ad_1] Image caption Anxiety is a warning of perceived danger There's nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child's angry or aggressive outburst - whether you're a parent or a teacher.And if that outburst happens in a classroom rather than the sitting room, the consequences for the child can be much more serious.But how can we tell if the child is just "being naughty" or whether mental ill
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Should race count in university admissions?

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Harvard is at the centre of competing visions of what is meant by "fair" admissions Harvard University this year turned down more than 95% of those who applied.But what is a "fair" system for deciding who should be rejected and who should be the lucky few to get a place?What should the successful 5% look like? Should it just be those with the highest