A new controversy is brewing in France's élite universities: the French government would like the student body of "grandes écoles", as they are known, to be composed of 30% of youths from underprivileged backgrounds. Universities reject the move, fearing it will weaken their academic level. Is the government right to push the issue?
Estonia is moving to the front of the pack in the EU’s battle to combat illiteracy. Only around 14% of Estonians under fifteen have literacy problems, to put that into context, approximately 22% of French in the same age range have difficulties.
Several prominent French intellectuals have issued a strongly-worded joint statement voicing their opposition to a new education bill that would scrap history and geography for final year science-focused baccalauréat students.
The Daily Telegraph in Sydney goes back over the history of suspicions associated with Friday 13th. In France, it’s a day of good luck but for most of the Western World, it’s associated with doom and gloom.
Amnesty international accuses Israel of depriving Palestine of water and mobilises net users; the web stands divided over Barack Obama’s planned education reform; and net users are invited to ask questions to Nobel Prize winners on Youtube.