National Government and Education in the European Context

Although European systems of education share common traditions whose origins can be found in the theories of man, society and knowledge formulated by Greek Roman and Jewish philosophers, education was not mentioned in the 1957 Treaty of Rome which created the European Economic Community (EEC). The necessity of free movement of workers made it necessary to pay attention to the provision of vocational training and the mutual recognition of academic qualifications to allow professional peoples to move from one country to another. Read more…

7th Feb 2013: How do children learn two languages? by Prof Antonella Sorace

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On 7th February 2013 Prof Ray Miller and Prof Antonella Sorace will be doing a talk at the Counting House in Edinburgh

Name of speaker and subject:

Antonella Sorace – Early and late bilingualism

Details of talk:

How do children learn two languages?
Any child can learn more than one language without any effort if these languages are heard frequently in natural situations. Children don’t need language lessons: they spontaneously understand how language works and the quickly learn to use the right language depending on who they talk to. Regular use of two languages makes children’s brain more flexible, improves their attention, and gives them a range of benefits that last a lifetime.
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Why Does Anyone Read Those Celebrity Magazines? by James Underwood

Why On Earth Does Anyone Read Those Celebrity Magazines? All hail the Glitteratti, a materialistically elected neo-aristocracy, whose icons create the lifestyles and moral character of a new world; a world where political debate has been transcended by the power of mass-media cool. Dare you disagree? Any dissent will be reprocessed, re-assimilated, repackaged, rebranded and sold back to you!
My lords, ladies, gentlemen, and most of all wannabes, welcome! Welcome to a world perfected by the striving of millions of artisans and courtesans! A sensual paradise of style and artistic exuberance, a material utopia where only beautiful people live, their Dolce and Gabbana adorned with Bulgari diamond cuff links and necklaces to make Lady Rothschild blush, where even Swarovski crystals are put to shame as the imitation bling of the neo-peasantry, where even the natural oases of the world are overshadowed by the smiles of celebrities conjured in Photoshop!
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The Financialisation of Education

We live in interesting times.  All sorts of changes are happening to long established institutions in the United Kingdom, particularly so in the education sector.  Having been working alongside academics who are interested in doing public engagement work, as well as with people in the broad community and independent entrepreneurs, I have notice a trend in concerns in all vocational sectors.

Lately I was directed towards the Novara program on Resonance FM….

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