First, she told me, “it emerged in focus groups that the kids knew that the teachers’ predictions were wrong. They knew which teachers were racist. The thing they weren’t very aware of were the gender biases. You might guess that from theory, because girls would have internalised those low expectations.” Second, they remarked on what Stanford researchers have termed “dynamic complementarities” – grades act as a signalling mechanism that affects behaviour. So students were strongly influenced by their predictions, but in pretty random ways. Some would see a low grade and give up, others would work harder. Some would get a high prediction and coast, others would gain confidence and rise to the expectation. So the overall inaccuracy of predictions was partly caused by the predictions themselves; say you’re predicted an A, you stop working, you get a B, now the prediction is wrong: but was it? Or did it cause itself to be wrong? … [Read more...] about This year, GCSE and A-level results depend on teachers being unbiased. That’s the real test
In a hearing last week, it was claimed that text messages showing Depp begging his assistant for 'happy pills' and 'whitey stuff' - which lawyers claim meant ecstasy and cocaine - were sent just days before he allegedly assaulted his wife. … [Read more...] about Hollywood at the High Court: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive for start of three-week libel showdown over claims he beat estranged wife
In 2019, Kommersant took down an online article co-written by Safronov about the delivery of Russian jets to Egypt. The decision to remove the column was made in the wake of court proceedings getting under way looking into the disclosure of state secrets. … [Read more...] about Russian Space Agency aide detained, accused of treason
A statement with which my only cavil is: enterING? I fear we have been plunged into this alternative reality for some time now. If you’re looking for “a new brand”, call it the Mattrix. Needless to say the government’s next weaselling out of responsibility has been to say that Johnson didn’t mean what people are saying he meant, even though those were literally the words he said. Perhaps they’ll get away with it. In fairness, the prime minister’s oratorical style increasingly provokes questions. Namely: can you feel your arm? Does your vision seem affected? Can you name the current prime minister? (I’m going to shock us all: it’s actually you.) … [Read more...] about Welcome to Johnson’s alternative reality – where care home workers get the blame
For Greg Cazenave of London’s Moxon’s fishmongers, broad beans mean fish stew: “Cuttlefish, tiger or king prawns, squid or monkfish all work really well.” He then adds green and yellow peppers, paprika, cumin or curry powder. Rick and Katie Toogood, from seafood restaurant Prawn on the Lawn, whose Padstow arm is going alfresco next month at nearby Trerethern Farm, meanwhile, mix blitzed cooked beans with potato, crab and chilli, then shape into cakes, fry and serve with coriander-spiked yoghurt. Alternatively, treat beans as you would avocado, they say: “Boil, blitz and mix with salt, pepper and lime juice. Spread on soda bread and top with cooked prawns, chilli and more lime juice.” … [Read more...] about What can I do with a glut of broad beans?