Press Catch-Up

4th January 2013 at 00:00

Don't let safety fears make science dull, teachers told

The Herald

- Teachers have been urged not to reduce science experiments or field trips because of misplaced health and safety fears. The Scottish Parent Teacher Council said exciting lessons, where pupils were allowed to experiment with chemicals, had been phased out because of growing health and safety fears.

UK suffers epidemic of broken families

Scotland on Sunday

- The UK has one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world, with just two-thirds of children living with both parents, according to research by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The UK comes above only Belgium, Latvia and Estonia in the list of countries where both a child's father and mother live in the same household.

73 pupils caught using smartphones to cheat in Scottish exams

Daily Record

- The number of cases of pupils using smartphones to cheat in exams rose to 73 in Scotland last year. There were 64 such cases in 2011. In total, exam watchdogs investigated 662 cheating cases last summer, compared with 637 the year before. Most of the cases involved young pupils sitting exams for the first time.

Einstein and his homies win over a new generation

The Times

- A science professor and a musician from the seminal 1990s rap collective, the Wu-Tang Clan, are heading a drive at 10 public high schools in New York City to teach pupils about the universe through the medium of rap. The project begins this year, with pupils submitting rap lyrics instead of science reports. www.rapgenius.com

Another frist

The Herald

- Education secretary Michael Russell faces fresh embarrassment over his spelling. In a letter of apology for misleading Parliament a few weeks ago, he referred to the "Frist Minister". Now in a press comment on why the Scottish government is making teachers pay more into their pension schemes, he has referred to "pubic sector workers".

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