All posts tagged: opinion

Mapping the way to educational equity

Mapping the way to educational equity

More from this theme Recent articles I like to think I’m quite an optimistic person, but unfortunately when I was asked to join a panel last summer, on whether we would ever have a fair education system, I struck-up a distinctly downbeat tune. Luckily, my new report “Mapping the Way to Educational Equity” offers some glimmers of hope. The reason I was so negative last summer is that when people talk about education being fair, they’re generally talking about educational outcomes. Yet it’s not even clear what ‘fair’ outcomes look like.  Fairness might mean everyone achieving equally and of course, we can – and should, do more to reduce attainment gaps. However there will always be natural variation in ability and we can’t eliminate chance completely. As Ben Newmark and Tom Rees explained in Schools Week, it’s unfair to expect young people with profound disabilities to achieve the same goals and outcomes as their peers.  We could also say that outcomes are fair if everyone achieves their potential. That view underpinned the old three-tier selective …

A Tour Through Solar Eclipses of the Past

A Tour Through Solar Eclipses of the Past

As much of North America prepares for the upcoming total solar eclipse next week, I thought it would be fun to share some images from the recent (and not-so-recent) past of previous eclipses—annular, partial, and total—from around the world. Also pictured, some of the many observers sharing this fleeting experience, “witnessing the planetary version of a lightning strike,” together in stadiums, parks, and beaches. Source link

I tried doing wall Pilates for 10 days. Here’s my honest opinion, as someone who works out nearly every day

I tried doing wall Pilates for 10 days. Here’s my honest opinion, as someone who works out nearly every day

Wall Pilates has been around for a while but it remains ever-popular, with a new workout cropping up on TikTok every week. It promises the same benefits as standard Pilates—a stronger core, better balance, and improved strength—but it doesn’t cost a penny and requires no equipment. The practice is similar to standard mat-based Pilates, but you use a wall to support you or provide resistance. For example, you might do a wall-based push-up to make the move easier, or you might push your feet against the wall during an exercise to add some resistance. I like the idea of boosted flexibility and strength, but as someone who works out five times a week, I’m skeptical about whether or not wall Pilates can have a real impact on my body. I decided to try this 10-day challenge from Flow Beautifully, which is free and taught by 500-hour certified instructor Gaby Noble. Here’s how I got on. Gaby Noble Certified Pilates instructor Gaby Noble is the founder of award-winning Pilates studio Exhale Pilates London. She is a …

Better wellbeing hinges on the right data in the right hands

Better wellbeing hinges on the right data in the right hands

More from this theme Recent articles Today, #BeeWell launches two new ‘neighbourhood dashboards’ as part of an effort to put young people’s wellbeing at the heart of local and national decision making. We believe this is vital, because we know their wellbeing is alarmingly low. One in four 15-year-olds reports not being satisfied with their life, placing us second from bottom in the latest OECD league table for youth life satisfaction. To address this, we need to listen to the voices of young people, understand the factors that affect their lives and act upon what they tell us. And to do that, we need much better data than an international survey can provide. It’s clear to me that schools are ready to act. Despite their capacity being tested to the limit in recent years, almost 300 secondary schools across 14 local authorities in two regions of England have delivered the annual #BeeWell survey, reaching over 85,000 young people in years 8 to 10. In turn, the data they have gathered is already informing them, their …

Holi 2024: The Festival of Colors

Holi 2024: The Festival of Colors

This week, Hindus around the world are celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors—a springtime celebration where revelers throw brightly colored powders at friends and strangers alike. Participants gather to welcome the arrival of spring, commemorate Krishna’s pranks, and allow each other a chance to drop inhibitions and simply play and dance together. Gathered below are images of this year’s Holi festivals from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Kenya, and the U.S. Source link

Kate Middleton’s loyal support system amid post-surgery recovery: Pippa Middleton, Maria Teresa Turrion Burallo, more

Opinion: those behind Kate Middleton conspiracy theories must be feeling remorse over fun they had at her expense

She waited until the school holidays so she could protect them as the news broke, putting her three children first as always. How hard it must have been for the Prince and Princess of Wales – and their team – to endure the endless speculation and lurid conspiracy theories that have swirled for the past few weeks, knowing she was facing a cancer diagnosis. Many of those responsible may now be feeling some remorse over the fun they’d had at her expense. WATCH: Princess Kate shares personal message revealing cancer diagnosis With her searingly moving and deeply personal video message, Kate, 42, set the record straight, speaking from the heart as she explained just what has been going on for her beloved family since her surgery on 16 January. The timing was not, as some suggested, in reaction to the rumours, but entirely designed to land once she and Prince William had whisked Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis away for Easter, giving them a chance to shield them from the inevitable acres of …

Photos: Spring in Bloom – The Atlantic

Photos: Spring in Bloom – The Atlantic

Tuesday marked the first day of spring, and the Northern Hemisphere has begun to warm, with flowers and trees in bloom. Gathered below is a small collection of images from recent weeks in North America, Asia, and Europe, of people enjoying flowering fields and trees—signs of warmer days to come. Source link