Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students The secular opposition has long argued that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pursuing a covert Islamist agenda contrary to the republic’s founding values. Photograph: AP 8,796 aheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Istanbul Friday 23 June 2017 06.00 BSTLast modified on Friday 23 June 2017 07.04 BST Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who…

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Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit

Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit

A petition to stop US President Donald Trump’s UK state visit has gathered more than a million signatures. Numbers of signatories have been rising rapidly since a US clampdown on immigration came into effect over the weekend, causing anger worldwide. PM Theresa May announced the visit during her recent US trip. Downing Street has rejected calls for it to be cancelled as a “populist gesture”. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn urged the PM to postpone the visit. The petition is now the second-most popular on the government’s website. MPs will discuss it…

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Tory donor threatens to stop funding over Brexit plans

Tory donor threatens to stop funding over Brexit plans

A major Tory donor has warned that he will stop funding the party if Theresa May’s Brexit plans involve the UK coming out of the single market. Sir Andrew Cook, who has donated more than £1.2m to the party, told The Timesthe country could “sleepwalk to disaster” if it made such a move. The engineering firm chairman said at least one of his factories was almost “entirely dependent” on access to it. Sir Andrew backed the Remain campaign in the EU referendum. He told the newspaper that the “economic arguments…

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Can start-ups stop the world’s students drowning in debt?

Can start-ups stop the world’s students drowning in debt?

It’s tough being a student these days. Debt levels are reaching crisis proportions in many developed countries, the World Bank says. And in many developing countries, aspiring students can’t get finance at all. In the US, where private funding is the norm, $1.3 trillion (£1tn) in education loans is outstanding. In the UK, the government-backed student debt burden is nearly £90bn. And trying to find the best way to finance your university or postgraduate education can be a confusing business. “I remember feeling overwhelmed by some competitor lenders,” says Alex…

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State, some parents ask court to stop lawsuit challenging Tax Credit Scholarship program

State, some parents ask court to stop lawsuit challenging Tax Credit Scholarship program

TALLAHASSEE — Attorneys for the state and a group of parents asked the Florida Supreme Court this week to reject a lawsuit challenging a program that helps pay for tens of thousands of children to attend private schools. The filings came amid ratcheted-up debate about the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. On Tuesday, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, described the lawsuit, spearheaded by the Florida Education Association teachers union, as “evil.” The union and other plaintiffs went to the Supreme Court after a Leon County circuit judge and…

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Why don’t women stop playing this rigged capitalist game?

Why don’t women stop playing this rigged capitalist game?

If the game is rigged, should players bother competing or should they look for a new game altogether? When Kevin Roberts, the now-suspended executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, suggested in a recent interview that “the fucking debate [about gender] is all over”, he unleashed a wave of anger in an industry in which barely more than 10% of creative directors are female. The reaction to Roberts’s comments suggests that far from being historically concluded, the debate about gender in the workplace has barely begun. Roberts’s justification for his claim…

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