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Read moreWorld News (May 22, 2018 Edition): “It’s Ridiculous”: Parents Furious As Australia Seeks To Ban Use Of “Boy” Or “Girl” In Books – Cartoonist Fired From German Newspaper Over Netanyahu Drawing – Rep. Eric Swalwell Pushes ‘Assault Weapons’ Buyback, Criminal Prosecution of Those Who Refuse – Syrian army liberates the last ISIS foothold in the vicinity of the Syrian capital – Germany: High Regional Court rejects detention. Carles Puigdemont remains free – Ramadan Rage: Jihadists Kill 41, Injure 102 in First 4 Days

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers ‘cannot tell the time’

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Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers ‘cannot tell the time’:

Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.

Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock.

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices.

“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” he told The Telegraph.

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Emmanuel Macron to lower school age to THREE in bid to stamp out terror in France

Emmanuel Macron to lower school age to THREE in bid to stamp out terror in France:

EMMANUEL Macron will reduce the compulsory school age to three-years-old in a bid to stop the spread of terror. The French President said schooling from a younger age would better integrate youngsters into society, avoiding alienation and the risk of radicalisation.

Families in poorer areas of France and in overseas territories are less likely to enrol their children in nursery, instead waiting until the current compulsory age of six.

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New Zealand: University employee fired for trying to shake hands with a Muslim student

University employee fired for trying to shake hands with a Muslim student:

A UNIVERSITY of Auckland staff member was fired for “serious misconduct” after trying to shake hands with a female Muslim student.

A UNIVERSITY of Auckland senior staff member has been fired after trying to shake hands with a female Muslim student.

The ousted staff member then filed a complaint of sexual discrimination against her after she refused to shake his hand, the New Zealand Herald reports.

A newsletter from vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon directed to all university staff said the academic had tried to shake her hand with the knowledge that it would be inappropriate.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Doctors SHOCKED as children no longer able to hold pencils due to endless use of mobile devices

Doctors SHOCKED as children no longer able to hold pencils due to endless use of mobile devices:

Today’s children have more technology at their disposal than any generation before them, and it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. Some parents might marvel at the wide range of educational apps available that claim to help children boost academic skills, but that won’t count for much if they can’t even master the basic skill of writing.

A study carried out by the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust found that young children are entering school without the hand strength and dexterity needed to hold their pencils due to the widespread overuse of touchscreen tablets and phones. The ability to grip and move a pencil requires a strong control over the fine muscles in the fingers, and children who are constantly using touchscreens don’t get the opportunity to develop these essential skills.

Parents have no one to blame but themselves, according to British pediatricians. Many parents find it easier to park their kids in front of an iPad than to encourage them to build with blocks or participate in other activities that build hand muscles such as coloring.

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