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22nd February 2013 at 00:00

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16-22 FEBRUARY 2013


Going down in history

Historians lashed out at Michael Gove over the new history curriculum, saying it is too narrowly focused on Britain. It will be King Canute, Edward the Confessor and the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy from here on in.


We are the robots

Scientists are working on the world's first "robot teacher", which could respond to pupils' emotions. "We aim to endow the robot with social skills," said the researchers, who will train it to teach geography first.


Sir Humphrey on Strike

Cheesed-off civil servants at the Department for Education voted for strike action over spending cuts and job losses. The Public and Commercial Services union claimed that 1,000 posts are under threat.


Le Pen vs Cambridge

French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, daughter of the controversial Jean-Marie, addressed the Cambridge Union Society. Around 200 people joined a Unite Against Fascism protest to register their displeasure.


Pedal Power

The World Track Cycling Championships began in Minsk, Belarus, giving Team GB a chance to relive sporting glories. Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, the Posh 'n' Becks of pedalling, were there.


X marks the spot

The anniversary of the shooting of Malcolm X, the US civil rights figure who was assassinated while making a speech in 1965. "Malcolm who?" pupils raised on a diet of Anglocentric history will ask.


Food for thought

Girl Guides the world over will today put their teenage concerns to one side and join together to celebrate friendship and raise money for World Thinking Day. The theme is "together we can save children's lives".


23 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH 2013


Party for Purim

The feast of Purim, also known as the Jewish Mardi Gras, kicks off tonight with plenty of food and booze. The festival celebrates how Esther, a queen of Persia, saved the Jews from extermination.


Roll out the red carpet

Will Anne Hathaway's weight-loss weepie Les Miserables triumph over the gory Django Unchained? Will Steven Spielberg's Lincoln send us all to sleep? It's Oscar night, of course, promising all the usual glamour.


On the square

Anything that encourages the eating of chocolate must be worth celebrating. Fairtrade Fortnight starts today, with events across the UK aiming to raise awareness of the plight of smallholder farmers.


Tragedy remembered

It is 20 years today since terrorists detonated a bomb in the car park of the World Trade Center, killing six people. Eight years later, nearly 3,000 would die in the 911 attacks on the same building.


Revolution now

The Commons Education Select Committee will hear evidence today on the role of school governing bodies, looking at how times, they are a-changing during the academies revolution.


Not a smart move

The town of Eastleigh in Hampshire will be holding its by-election today. But has Tory candidate Maria Hutchings scuppered her chances by saying her son could not get the education he needed at local state schools?


Land of their fathers

Go on, put a daffodil in your buttonhole - who says you have to be Welsh? The land of song celebrates St David's Day today, with children taking part in school eisteddfodau - festivals of music and poetry.

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