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One of the first dilemmas that black people face is whether to let strangers touch their hair – and under what circumstances. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

From slavery to colonialism and school rules: a history of myths about black hair

When it comes to black hair, “common sense” is the least reliable tool for decision making since even black people are constantly changing their minds about what they want to do with their hair.
Teachers in Uganda routinely use physical violence and corporal punishment to discipline children. EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON

Empowering Uganda’s teachers offers a new route to reducing violence in schools

A ban on corporal punishment has not stopped the practice in Uganda's schools. An initiative in the East African country may hold the solutions - and could be used in other countries, too.
Don’t mess with my homework, officer. Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

School metal detectors reduce weapon carrying but not fear

The recent horrifying spectacle of a disturbed student fatally stabbing his teacher in front of his classmates in Leeds has spurred a national dialogue about how schools should address violence. Perhaps…
Tributes to Anne Maguire were left outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Pupils with weapons should not induce moral panic

The stabbing to death by a 15-year-old pupil of Anne Maguire, a much loved teacher who had worked at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds for more than 40 years, has attracted much attention across…
Enough already. Stressed teacher via shutterstock

Teachers need more support to tackle bad behaviour

We are often told that behaviour is not really a problem in the vast majority of English schools. In 2012, the government reported that classroom behaviour was “at least satisfactory” in 99.7% of schools…

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