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Selling out education: the mass academisation of England’s schools

Tellingly, it was the UK chancellor, George Osborne, and not the education secretary who announced that he was going to be “setting schools free from local education bureaucracy” by forcing them all to become academies.<br>Photo: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/budget-2016

Plans of the British government to force schools out of local authority control to become independent academies have proved controversial. It could be an education disaster in the making, argues education expert Dr Richard House.[more]

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The challenge of Waldorf

Wed, 27 Apr 2016

Being a Waldorf teacher is a challenge which means that Waldorf education in China has found it difficult to retain teachers. Two courses run by Emerson College in China aim to reverse that process, as Binjie Hou describes.[more]

The deeper causes of migration

Wed, 27 Apr 2016

Management consultant Udo Herrmannstorfer argues that the causes of the refugee flows are not only connected with the life-threatening situations in their countries but also have to be sought at a much deeper level. [more]

Spectacular launch of Swiss basic income campaign

Mon, 04 Apr 2016

The Swiss initiative for a basic income has launched its referendum campaign in spectacular fashion. Campaigners distributed ten-franc notes because “the Swiss can’t imagine what it is like to be given money just like that”. [more]

Stopping the water from flowing away

Mon, 04 Apr 2016

Water researchers from Witten-Herdecke University in Germany are involved in a project in India to stop water losses. The aim is to provide a more reliable water supply not just in the major cities but also in more rural areas. [more]