Pearson’s chairman needs more lessons on how to say ‘no’

A while ago, Lombard likened Pearson to Philip Larkin’s description of a good book — “a beginning, a muddle and an end”. John Fallon will reach his end as chief executive this week. But he leaves the business still in a muddle and its chairman Sidney Taurel right in the middle. And it is still not clear that Pearson has good tale to tell.

Mr Fallon presided over seven profit warnings during the seven years he was chief executive. And Mr Taurel, recruited in 2016, was there for at least four of them. 

Mr Fallon’s plan was to turn the media and publishing conglomerate into a focused online education business, selling off the Financial Times among other assets. That has done a lot to strengthen Pearson’s balance sheet but little else.

The past five years have been marked by disappointments, poor sales growth and erosion in margins and market share

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Missouri University Of Science And Technology Receives $300 Million Gift, The Largest In Missouri Higher Education History

Missouri University of Science and Technology(Missouri S and T) announced today that it had received a $300 million donation, the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education. St. Louis businessman and Missouri S and T alum Fred Kummer and his wife June are giving the money to a foundation they created that will support several initiatives at the university.

The Kummers’ gift will be administered by The Kummer Institute Foundation. Funds from the foundation will support several new initiatives at Missouri S&T, including:

  • A new research and development entity modeled after other university-affiliated centers like the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. The new organization will be the home to four new research
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Leaders From Top Nursing Schools Predict More Online Learning, Simulations in 2021

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – October 12, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

​RegisteredNursing.org discussed the future of nursing education with department chairs, leaders, and faculty from top nursing schools and they tend to agree – students can expect more online learning and high-tech virtual simulations from nursing school in 2021.

Nursing education leaders from renowned schools such as Johns Hopkins University, Baylor University, and University of San Francisco, as well as from regional schools such as Lakeland Community College and Augusta Technical College, all weighed in when asked, “In light of the changes that nursing students have seen in 2020, what will nursing school look like in 2021?”

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting nursing schools, nursing students have had to adjust quickly. Online coursework and canceled in-person clinical rotations have become the norm

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West Orange District Prepares Teachers for Hybrid Reopening

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the West Orange Public School (WOPS) District begins its countdown towards a Nov. 9 hybrid reopening, WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone explained that the district is now preparing staff for their students’ return to brick and mortar classrooms. At the same time, the district’s autistic students started on Monday, Oct. 12 with a staggered reintroduction for other special needs populations between next week and Nov. 9.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Eveny de Mendez added that when in-person classes begin the week of Nov. 9, the students will be broken in different cohorts–two at the elementary schools and four at the middle schools and high school.

She continued that in order to prepare for the incoming cohorts, the district is planning  professional development (PD) sessions centering around instructional strategies for teaching both in-person and remotely.

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Special Olympics Maine recognizes Bath high school for inclusive program

Members of Morse High School’s unified sports teams accepted a banner from Special Olympics Maine Friday recognizing the school for its involvement in the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program. Kathleen O’Brien / The Times Record

BATH — It’s the last minute of the final game for Morse High School’s unified basketball team, which boasts an equal number of students with and without disabilities. Shots are taken, missed, and taken again as the clock ticks down until the buzzer sounds and every player, coach and spectator erupts into cheers, applause and congratulations. Who wins isn’t remembered, but the sense of acceptance every student feels will last a lifetime.

The unified basketball team is just one part of Morse High School’s involvement with Unified Champion Schools, a Special Olympics Maine program aimed at fostering a sense of social inclusion, respect and acceptance for all students and teachers. The Bath high school received

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East Windsor Board of Education Profile: Jagruti Patel

EAST WINDSOR — A resident of East Windsor, Jagruti Patel is running for a seat on the school Board. She says that the current pandemic has posed a number of challenged for the school community, and as a Board member she plans to tackle the biggest one of them all first – training and equipping teachers to better handle the virtual mode of education.

Read below to learn more about Patel and her platform for the upcoming elections in East Windsor.

Name – Jagruti Patel

Age (as of Election Day) – 49

Position Sought –

East Windsor School Board member

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? Yes – I worked for Federal Agency

Education –

B.S.in Accounting

Occupation –

Auditor for over 25 years

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office –

Current – 17 years on East Windsor Planning Board

Why are you seeking elective

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Where is ‘education’ in the national conversation?

The staggering impact of COVID-19 on American lives and the economy was understandably the central issue in the first presidential debate and the vice presidential debate. But somehow, critical questions around education were absent in both debates. In fact, according to transcripts of both debates, the candidates used the word “school” fifteen times, but not always to describe K-12 education. The word “education” itself was stated just three times.

Clearly, this is a school year like no other. A recent Education Week analysis found that 74 percent of the 100 largest school districts in the United States opted exclusively for remote learning, dramatically impacting the education of over 9 million students. At the same time, increasing our nation’s educational achievement is a persistent challenge. The 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) revealed that American students performed above average in reading, ranking 13th just behind Sweden and New Zealand, but

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings: Highlights of Day 1

Here’s what you need to know:

Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

A deeply divided Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off four days of contentious confirmation hearings on Monday for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, drawing battle lines that could reverberate through the election.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and the committee’s chairman, left little doubt about where the proceedings were heading, gaveling open “the hearing to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court,” rather than saying it was a hearing to consider her nomination.

“This is probably not about persuading each other unless something really dramatic happens,” Mr. Graham added a short time later. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all the Democrats will vote no.”

Democrats arrived ready to go on the offensive, portraying

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In a world of digital bystanders the challenge is for all of us to design engaging online education

We are increasingly becoming digital bystanders, continually monitoring our different palm-and-TV-sized screens. From dawn to dusk and even in moments of insomnia we turn to digitally communicated news and social media. In the world of education, from primary school to university and beyond, we have realised digital learning is not only an option for learning, but is fast becoming the main option.

Consider this vignette: during the COVID-19 pandemic a family are living in a big city where access to stable digital streams and affordable data bundles is not a problem. Confined to long periods of school learning now moved online, one of the parents asked their daughter about her experience. She says:

It is boring and I learn almost nothing. Teachers give a lot of instructions with little explanation.

She had became a digital bystander. The teacher struggled to engage with all students, and few experienced rich interactions with

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Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and Aruvant Sciences Forge New Partnership to Educate Around Gene Therapy

HANOVER, Md. and NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) and Aruvant Sciences are proud to announce a new partnership to create educational programs to increase awareness of gene therapy as a potential curative treatment option for sickle cell disease patients. This collaboration will help SCDAA continue to deliver on its mission, while assisting Aruvant in learning more about the needs of sickle cell disease (SCD) patients. Under the agreement, Aruvant will collaborate with SCDAA to host local and national educational events and develop materials for a public-awareness campaign.

“In partnership with SCDAA, we are working to educate patients about gene therapy, while gaining critical insights from the patient community for our ARU-1801 SCD development program,” said Will Chou, M.D., chief executive officer (CEO) of Aruvant. “Now is a perfect time to work with SCDAA to educate the community about gene therapy

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