Political parties are so busy suddenly falling over themselves to put money into education, it feels as if we’re living in a learning piñata. Bang! Boris Johnson promises more cash for schools. Boom! Jeremy Corbyn will fund six years of learning for adults. Womp! The Lib Dems are making lifelong higher education free-ish. It is not a second too soon. Schools and colleges are on their knees; adult education is in critical condition. When was the last time you met someone attending night school? So the promised money is welcome but, alone, it’s not a real vision of open access. Labour can say it will tax private schools to fund its pledges – but it is time to think even bigger. First, what can be done to help the one-third of children who leave school without a single “good” GCSE? Colleges usually reject them from advanced courses, even in subjects that the student may be passionate about, because they are paid by results. So an endless bounty for … [Read more...] about Here’s an election idea: why not let anyone sit Oxbridge finals?
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Project goal: Practising sustainable farming on cattle ranches with degraded soil in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso by observing environmental laws, cutting methane emissions and increasing farm efficiency Project implementation: Degraded soil will be restored through repeated plowing and by adding nutrients and planting high-yield grasses. Riverbanks and water sources will also be restored and cattle will no longer drink river water Project partner: Organizatios for sustainable cattle ranching, Pecsa and the Programa Novo Campo — the New Field Program. Local NGO Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) is leading the project Project financing: The project is supported by the Althelia Climate Fund, which invests in sustainable land use initiatives. Brazil has repeatedly made the headlines in recent months over ongoing deforestation in the Amazon. Some 80% of logging there is to make space for cattle ranching. The country is home to more than 214 million cows and is … [Read more...] about Amazon protection: Can Brazil’s destructive cattle ranches be transformed?
Four years before Blake Lively realised that wiping her old posts could be a great source of publicity; four years before Caroline Calloway exploded into popular consciousness or Tavi Gevinson meticulously unpacked her own adolescent self-branding efforts, Essena O’Neill deleted her Instagram account. The Australian influencer had amassed 600,000+ followers. She’d been paid $2,000 a post for #sponcon. O’Neill grew up on Instagram. She joined the platform at the age of 14 and by 19 it had become her primary source of income, validation and affection. It was 2015, and she was sick of it. In her posts she’d been smiling. She’d been posing in paradise. She was thin and white, often in a bikini, with long, perfectly tussled blond hair. Then, in a tearful video she declared: “This isn’t real.” She was miserable. She was anxious about her body. Despite her cute outfits, she was broke. The confessional skyrocketed her out of her niche community … [Read more...] about From sponsors to socialism: the return of Instagram star Essena O’Neill
If the National Broadband Network had gone to plan, 98 per cent of Australian households would have had optical fibres connected to their homes by last year. The idea for a NBN was hatched 12 years ago when Labor was in Opposition, with the cost blowing out from $15billion to $51billion as of last year. Stephen Conroy, who held the communications portfolio, released a policy promise in March 2007. If the National Broadband Network had gone to plan, 98 per cent of Australian households would have had optical fibres connected to their homes by last year The former Victorian senator vowed 98 per cent of Australians would be connected to high-speed broadband internet with speeds that were '40 times faster' than existing copper wire connections. In Opposition, Labor promised minimum download speeds of 12 megabits per second with a more modest fibre-to-the node rollout that would be 'so fast that household entertainment, business communication and family services will happen in real … [Read more...] about The NBN’s litany of failures: How Australia’s $51billion broadband network has broken promise after promise
For years, scientists thought that most animals waited out the harsh winter months in Yellowstone National Park by migrating to warmer regions. After the winter thaw, these animals slowly made their way back to the grassy plains at higher elevations, following along the so-called ‘green wave,’ the line where temperatures begin to warm and flora begins to regenerate after the winter thaw. A new study from University of Wyoming biologists shows something much more interesting is happening with the park’s resident bison population. A team of researchers from the University of Wyoming tracked bison with GPS collars in Yellowstone National Park for 13 years The bison don’t appear to be following along behind the green wave of new spring growth. Instead, it appears they're helping drive it, all while their grazing activity ‘engineers’ a more nutritious and plentiful food source for themselves as they go. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next … [Read more...] about Bison in Yellowstone help to ‘engineer’ spring each year by trampling grass and making it grow back faster than it would have on its own