Month: April 2022

Death of Muriel Chamberlain History

My friend and colleague Muriel Chamberlain, who died at the age of 89, was the first female dean at the University of Swansea, and she became a professor of history and head of the department.

He was born in Leicester, the only child of Arthur Chamberlain, a railway station officer and Gladys (Nee Shortland), a teacher and artist. His father was posted to Bristol and Preston, and ended his career as a stationmaster in Leeds; He went to school in all three cities.

Muriel graduated from St. Hilda’s College, Oxford in 1951 and achieved first place in history, then defiled in European diplomatic history in the 19th century. After lecturing at the Royal Hallway College, he moved to Swansea in 1959. Three years later he bought a semi and his parents came to live with him after his father retired.

He became dean of Swansea in 1975 and became a professor in 1987. In 1989 he was elected head of the department at an irresistible interval, and later served a second term before retiring in 1997, although he continued. To write essays and revise his books.

Muriel was prudent and fairly fair, and as a result was often asked to sit on panels and committees, to audit other universities, and to act as an external examiner. His published work was primarily on the history of the empire and the Commonwealth, but he also wrote an outstanding biography of Prime Minister Lord Aberdeen at the beginning of the Crimean War. He was vice-chairman of the Historical Association and editor of the Historian for many years.

He had many interests outside the academy – chairman of the trustees of the National Trust, the Historic Garden Trust, the Victorian Society, the Glamorgan History Society, and for a long time the Cambrian Archaeological Society.

Muriel was a great traveler and traveled to almost every country in the world, often traveling alone. He enjoyed opera and was a prominent member of the Liberal Democrats. Later, her health deteriorated and she had to go to a care home.

He is survived by many cousins.

CBSE has advised schools to virtually celebrate National Reading Day

CBSE has advised schools to virtually celebrate National Reading Day
Pictures of schools to celebrate National Reading Day  Education News Pictures

On June 19, CBSE will celebrate Lesson Day with a focus on technology-enabled lessons. The 25th National Reading Day will be celebrated on June 19 and the following week will be celebrated as Reading Week and Reading Month from June 19 to July 18, 2020.

National Lesson Day is observed in honor of the late PN Panikar, the father of the ‘Library Movement in Kerala’, whose death anniversary falls on 19 June.

The PN Panicaker Foundation has collaborated with the government on reading activities (online) in the context of Kovid-19.

Some of the Foundation’s proposed activities include the Digital Reading Pledge, a webinar on the importance of reading, digital libraries and intellectual property rights.

For students, a quiz, open art, and essay writing / debate competition is suggested, and a quiz and video book competition for teachers and faculty members.

Those interested can find out more about the competition on the official website of the PN Panicar Foundation.

This year, CBSE has asked all schools to celebrate Reading Day, Lesson Week and Reading Month.

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‘Out of touch’: Children’s writers describe growing censorship of books

CHildren’s authors and actors say stories about diversity, sexuality, and even contemporary world events are becoming increasingly inappropriate for young readers as a result of increasing censorship, institutional cowardice, and online responses.

“It looks like we’re living through a second Division 28, but one that the UK government has outsourced to an anonymous Twitter lobby,” said one actor.

Last month, when acclaimed gay writer Simon James Green was banned from visiting schools in the south of England by the Catholic Church, it drew attention to what many believe is a developing trend that reflects growing censorship of children’s lessons in the United States, as articulated by Art. Spiegelman recently described it as “a culture war that is completely out of control.”

Sabita Kalhan was recently hoping to hold a school rally with a group of teenagers for World Book Day. She plans to touch on issues of respect and consent in her young adult novel That Asian Kid – about institutional racism in school – and The Girl in the Broken Mirror – which includes a sexual harassment. But the ceremony was canceled because the deputy chief considered his work “inappropriate.”

“Since then, many school librarians have sent me messages that they believe the situation is getting worse and worse, including reactions from school management and parents against certain issues,” Calhan said. “There is a fear of something that may or may not happen, and it is unnecessarily affecting children’s reading preferences.”

“Young adult books, covering diversity, sexuality, and even events in the contemporary world, are now considered unsuitable for teen readers,” he added. “It’s completely out of touch with what teens are actually reading and watching, and the skills of librarians are completely ignored.”

Juno Dawson – author and former teacher whose admired sexual handbook for young people, the subject of the book’s application for gay, U.S. removal – agrees that there is a “change of mood.”

It’s part of a larger culture war, he suggests, is now gaining traction in the UK. “You can’t stop a child from having trans or LGBT, but you can stop a book. Many of these efforts to pull out or cancel the book are frustrating, a great achievement for librarians and teachers who are dealing with angry parents and preachers. “

Eli McNicol joined Simon James Green on the Bristol Teen Book Awards platform the week after his ban, which he described as “sending a painful message to young gay students”.

“I saw the absolute power for good when Simon visited a school, and I am sorry that some children will be deprived of that joy.”

McNeil’s latest book, Like a Charm, includes a dyslexic protagonist; Her debut is shown to a heroine who is as autistic as McNeil herself.

“Different writers take much more than questions about plots and stories,” he argues. “We are often expected to solve social problems or protect ourselves outside of our work.”

Ida HD Drag performs as part of Queen Story Hour UK.
“It looks like we’re living through a second division,” said Sub Samuel AKA Ida HD, founder of Drag Queen Story Hour UK. Photo: Marado McLeod / The Guardian

Hazel Ploman, head of creative education at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, says there has been a “definite change” toward more inclusive stories in children’s and youth books since she began working there a decade ago.

“We’re programming our Autumn Festival, and while still working, we’re creating all sorts of voices now as commercial books, not as pigeons in ‘issue books’ for example. There are LGBTQ + books for all ages, picture books with two mothers, British-Indian detectives and neurodivers writers and characters. ”

Jody Lancet-Grant Ploman is one of the authors on the list. Her first picture book for 3-7 year olds, The Pirate Moms – a shocking adventure with a boy named Billy, who has two mothers – attracted some trolling earlier this year. “Anyone who thinks this story is not suitable for the beliefs of child beggars. It’s just a different family situation, but it’s incredibly important that children present it.

“As we live in a more polarized world, there is a worrying trend of censorship of LGBTQ + authors and books,” he said. Local authorities and only abolished in 2003 – still have an impact. “Many adults have grown up reading these subjects because of Section 28 and are now assuming they are not acceptable because they have accepted that absence as a child.”

Drag performers have sparked particular controversy, with several schools being caught in recent years after booking an act seen as a non-child-friendly name or online presence. Sub Samuel AKA Ida HD, author of Children and Founder of Drag Queen Story Hour UK, is clear that “not all Drugs Act is suitable for education”, but believes that schools and local councils are becoming increasingly aware of the potential for retaliation, and consequently risk. Moving away from something that can be thought of.

Adam Carver, whose drag performance is palliative for children! Complaints were made to local authorities and the Arts Council of England last year, bluntly: “It looks like we are living through a second Article 28, but one that the UK government has outsourced to an anonymous Twitter lobby.”

Carver’s company, Fat Projects, is working on a model to support arts organizations facing similar attacks, advising on how to best respond to criticism.

“The idea has resurfaced that weird people shouldn’t be around children,” he said. “Now there is a perfect storm where space and companies are so afraid to respond that they take no risks. But there is still a demand for work from children and families who explore the difference. “

Final call for supplementary examination soon: Jadavpur University

Final call for supplementary examination soon: Jadavpur University

Jadavpur University will soon take a final decision on the supplementary examination. Supplementary examinations were to be held for the students who failed in the previous semester examinations. An official said the examination committee, including university officials, would meet next week or this week to make a final decision.

Given the current situation, it may not be possible to take the supplementary examination along with the final semester examination. We will discuss whether Grace Marks can be given to students of Arts, Science and Engineering faculties who have either failed or are unable to participate in the previous semester exams, ”the official said.

“Since classes have been postponed since March 17 and many students do not have access to online classes, they may not be able to prepare for the supplementary examination with the current semester question paper. We will reach a decision acceptable to all. Since the opening date of the campus is uncertain, we need to act fast, ”he added.

There is already a broad agreement between students and faculty not to take the exam but it needs final approval from the exam committee, the official added.

Under the current proposal, 40-50 percent emphasis will be placed on previous semester performance, classwork / projects and viva. The rest of the weightage will be given based on the test that the students will take from their home. Home exams can be taken online or by sending question papers to students’ homes.

Tina Bhattacharya, chairperson of the Arts Faculty Students’ Union, said, “We are looking at the outcome of the meeting. There may be a broad formula for all departments. However, there may not be a specific standard for each department.”

“We hope that in this unprecedented situation, an acceptable solution can be found to the satisfaction of all without compromising on health issues,” he added.

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How well your child does with distance learning depends on the type of teacher

How well your child does with distance learning depends on the type of teacher

Color picture of computer key says According to a recent Gallup survey, more than 80% of schoolgirls are involved in distance learning through their school. Another 16% are studying online that is not specifically linked to their school. Since this is a change from the way most kids go when they go to school, we need to ask ourselves what effect distance learning has on our kids. The answer to this question may depend on what kind of student they are.

Eight ways to learn

Howard Gardner proposed the existence of eight separate intelligences, which I labeled as follows: Word Smart, Number Smart, Picture Smart, Body Smart, Music Smart, People Smart, Self Smart and Word Smart. Each person has eight intellects, but they are distributed individually.

The kids are the ones who will do best with distance learning Word Smart, Numbers / Logic Smart, And / or Self smart. The word smart And Number / Logic is smart Children learn best the way traditional education usually teaches: lectures (in this case online), workbooks or worksheets (in this case electronic), and textbooks and other books (which may complement distance learning programs). Self smart Kids have good self-discipline, prefer to work independently, are goal-oriented and benefit from the step-by-step approach found in many distance learning programs.

On the other hand, People are smart Kids who learn best through social interactions can do worse if they spend most of their learning time interacting with a screen. Parents can help meet their needs for social interaction by engaging in dialogue about what they are learning, and to some extent, by taking advantage of applications like Zoom or FaceTime, which can connect with friends and peers in the classroom (e.g. for online study). Team etc.).

What works for other types of students

Body smearKids will also get lost in a screen-based distance learning program. They learn best through walking, making things with their hands and learning the physical. What they are doing is if a cursor is moved around a screen, their bodies will scream for more physical release. These kids will do better if they allow themselves to be restless while working online, are given regular exercise breaks (say, every 15-20 minutes), and have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand.

Pictures are smart Children may need to supplement what they are learning from distance learning programs with high visual content that reinforces what they are learning. Khan Academy provides one-level support through their eight-minute chalkboard discussion where on-screen material becomes apparently available as the narrator takes the student through learning goals. Picture-smart kids should also have the opportunity to learn through video (such as learning about a science concept by watching a short video of a lab experiment). The distance learning program expects children to do their own project-based learning for at least some time, where Picture Smart students can create presentations of what they are learning through photos, videos, PowerPoints and other visual displays.

Music is smart Kids and Nature is smart Distance learning can be the most difficult for children, as very few teachers will include music or nature in their online programs. These students will need to take frequent music breaks or go out regularly to get a good dose of nature. They need to complement what they learn online with course-relevant material that uses music and / or nature. For a class studying civil war, for example, a Music is smart Kids can search for Civil War songs on the Internet and include them in a class project. Or for an online science class, a Nature is smart Students may want to explore the environmental effects of a work of literature, a period of history, a science concept, or even a mathematical skill (for example, to learn about probability, to engage them in a project that involves looking at probability statistics used in weather forecasting).

System tweaking

Keep in mind, though, that every child and adolescent has some or the other of the eight intelligences, so hopefully they will be able to hang on there while learning online, especially if you provide support as a parent with the opportunities listed above. Each student learns individually and this means your child or adolescent needs to tweak their distance learning experiences so that the program matches their own internal way of processing information. It’s best to be proactive and help your child find those resources, rather than wait until problems arise when their learning methods and distance learning programs (such as behavioral problems, reluctance to go online, or poor academic performance) are affected. This will enable them to do their best both online and offline!

For more information on the eight types of smarts and how to ensure your child’s or teen’s success at home and at school, check out my best-selling book in their own way: Discovering and encouraging your child’s multiple intelligence.

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