Young Generation

Interview Best teacher in the world Andria Zafirakou: ‘Build trust with your kids – then everything else can happen’

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After the London art teacher won her $1m prize, she was showered with praise by Theresa May and the education secretary – but she is exactly the kind of teacher this government actively discourages Decca Aitkenhead The Guardian Andria Zafirakou has been functioning on three hours’ sleep a night for weeks, but looks radiant. “It’s adrenaline, it’s excitement, it’s everything.” Nominated by current and former colleagues for the Varkey Foundation’s annual Global Teacher prize, dubbed the Nobel for teaching, last month ... Read More »

Lessons about risks of gambling piloted in British schools

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Thinktank trials scheme to teach children about problems that can ‘wreak havoc on people’s lives’ Sally Weale The Guardian Lessons about the risks of gambling have been trialled in secondary schools in an attempt to address high levels of gambling among school-age children. Around 25,000 children in the UK are currently classed as problem gamblers, with one recent survey finding that one in six 11-to-15-year-olds admitted to gambling in the last week. Yet according to the cross-party thinktank Demos, gambling is rarely included in ... Read More »

New instrument could assess effects of behavioral treatments

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A new questionnaire assesses the frequency and severity of various behaviors in children with autism and could help scientists determine the effectiveness of behavioral therapies1. Spectrum Diagnostic tests for autism generally rule the condition in or out. When tests offer separate ratings for behaviors such as poor social skills or communication difficulties, the purpose is typically to decide whether the behaviors meet the cutoff for autism, rather than to measure subtle changes over short time periods. The new test, called ... Read More »

Why it’s so important for kids to see diverse TV and movie characters

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The hype surrounding “Black Panther” has been as hyperbolic as any feat its characters might perform, with the film being praised for its layered story and what’s been described as its “Afrofuturist” cast. Authors The Conversation And “Black Panther” will be joined by “A Wrinkle in Time,” another film with blockbuster potential and an interracial cast. But no matter how much money or how many awards films like “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time” amass, our research strongly suggests ... Read More »

Monolingualism diminishes America’s stature on the world stage

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Most school districts across the United States tout 21st century skills along with developing students’ global competence. Martha G. Abbott The Hill Yet, in the majority of those efforts, administrators and policymakers fail to emphasize an increasingly important skill for all Americans: speaking more than one language. At a time when there is an increasing demand among employers for multilingual skills and a national report commissioned by Congress, “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education in the… Monolingualism diminishes… Read More »

Sensory aspects of speech linked to language issues in autism

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Children with autism pay just as much attention to speech that doesn’t match lip movements as to speech in which sight and sound are coordinated, according to a new study1. Hannah Furfaro Spectrum Typical children prefer speech in which the sensory cues are in sync. Some people with autism have trouble learning to speak and understand words. Some people with the condition have minimal verbal skills or don’t speak at all. The new work suggests that these problems may be partially rooted ... Read More »

Hazing and sexual violence in Australian universities: we need to address men’s cultures

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The esteemed residential colleges of Sydney University have recently gained intense public scrutiny for fostering cultures of sexual harassment, rape and hazing. Ben Wadham The Conversation The Red Zone Report, produced by independent journalists for End Rape on Campus Australia, presented a harrowing account of men’s tribalism, and elitism in Australia’s universities. The report focused on 12 universities including all the Group of Eight universities. Across all 39 Australian universities there are 216 residential colleges or halls. The colleges are… ... Read More »

Mineral deficiency exposes 19 million babies a year to brain damage risk

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Scientists warn lack of iodine leaves 14% of newborns vulnerable to impaired mental development Hannah Summers The Guardian A lack of iodine in pregnancy and early childhood puts nearly 19 million babies around the world at risk of permanent but preventable brain damage every year, a new report has warned. Insufficient iodine during pregnancy can adversely affect neurological and psychological development, reducing a child’s IQ by eight to 10 points. More broadly, widespread iodine deficiency can diminish the… Mineral deficiency ... Read More »

Young people can’t change US gun law alone – but they could tip the balance

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From the civil rights movement to the Florida schoolchildren’s protest, youthful energy has proved a powerful force Gary Younge The Guardian In May 1963 a white police officer in Birmingham, Alabama, tried to scare some black children as they went to protest against segregation. As fellow policemen turned hoses and dogs on black youngsters nearby, the kids made it plain they knew what they were doing and continued marching towards the demonstrations. A reporter asked one of them her age. ... Read More »

Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws which have Christian values

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Justin Welby said Sharia law should never become part of the UK legal system His predecessor Lord Williams had said Sharia law could be incorporated Welby said British law had ‘values and assumptions’ rooted in Christian traditions By Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail MailOnLine Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday. Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws, which have developed over 500 ... Read More »

Autism genes abound in DNA regions involved in learning

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The same processes that enable the brain to store new memories may also control many autism genes, a new study suggests1. BY JESSICA WRIGHT   Spectrum Candidate genes for autism are more than three times as prevalent in the genetic regions that become active after mice learn a new task as would be expected by chance, the researchers found. This connection between learning, memory and autism could explain why many children with autism have intellectual disability. “We are trying to understand the ... Read More »

When apartheid Israel abuses Palestine’s children

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Nelson Mandela, who knew a thing or two about national struggle, once said: “There is no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats children.” By Fawaz Turki, Special to Gulf News And no child in the world has suffered more grievously — indeed more barbarously — than those living under Israel’s rule of the gun. Think, as a case in point, of the first intifada, which lasted from December 1987 until the Madrid Conference in 1991, ... Read More »

‘Tortured and held for ransom,’ a child migrant’s story

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(CNN) – Souleiman tells a harrowing tale. He says he left Guinea when he was just 17 years old, embarking on a treacherous journey that took him through three countries. By Lorenzo D’Agostino and Mark Tutton, CNN Along the way, he says he was imprisoned, tortured and held for ransom. Souleiman says he left home in the summer of 2016, traveling thousands of miles through Mali, Algeria and Libya before reaching the Mediterranean Sea in December 2017. Smugglers put him in ... Read More »

SA child protection recommendations offered by Democracy Co community panel

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A community panel which has looked at South Australia’s child protection needs is urging a preventative focus rather than crisis management approach, with a boost for education services, peer support of families and a push to focus on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. ABC A panel of 30 randomly selected South Australians was set up recently by an independent organisation, Democracy Co, in the wake of ongoing concerns about the state’s child protection system and a royal ... Read More »

We are trading away our lives for the shallow rewards of capitalism – and it’s harming our chil

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The man’s voice rang out, loud and angry, breaking the quiet of the suburban street. “Get in the car you little shit!” Steve Biddulph The Age I went to the window to see a three-year-old child still not complying, a young baby already strapped in and an older child watching, open-mouthed. You could feel a whole rush of emotions, sympathy for the father’s plight – for who has not wrangled with kids and cars in their time – and dismay ... Read More »

None but the Lonely Heart

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fortyfivedownstairs recital blurb: Melbourne-born Greek-Cypriot Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, is coming home to perform with one of Australia’s finest collaborative pianists, David Barnard, an eclectic and exciting program of Debussy, Donizetti, Verdi, Rimsky-korsakov, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and much more. Currently based in Paris, the young soprano has been described by Joyce DiDonato (The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall) as having ‘an exceptionally warm, expressive soprano voice…. She performs with poise and graceful, nuanced phrasing’. None but the Lonely Heart, is a ... Read More »