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Should there be comprehensive universities?

Should there be comprehensive universities?

The long-running battle over grammar schools – put back into the deep freeze after the general election result – saw deep-rooted divisions over the impact of dividing pupils by academic ability. Opponents argued that academic selection really became social selection – and that what appeared to be selection by ability became a filter shaped by […]

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University first-class degrees soaring

University first-class degrees soaring

The proportion of top degree grades being awarded by UK universities has soared – with some universities giving first-class degrees to more than a third of their students. The University of Surrey awarded a first-class degree to 41% of students last year, more than doubling the proportion five years ago. And firsts awarded at the […]

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12 truths I learned from life and writing

A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.

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A climate solution where all sides can win: Ted Halstead

Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted Halstead proposes a transformative solution based on the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. Learn more about how this carbon dividends plan could trigger an international domino effect towards a […]

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The self-organizing computer course

Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their […]

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How to find a wonderful idea

Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of “This Too Shall Pass” and “The One Moment,” lead singer and director Damian Kulash takes us inside the band’s creative process, […]

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