Sexta-feira, 25 de Dezembro, 2009


Regina Spektor, Fidelity

Sou uma lástima. Quase não mandei Boas Festas e mal retribuí, pelo que uso esta forma de ir registando alguns dos postais chegados.

Neste caso do António Balbino Caldeira, do Jorge do Fliscorno, do Luís Guerreiro e do Maurício Brito.

How dictators watch us on the web

The internet is meant to help activists, enable democratic protest and weaken the grip of authoritarian regimes. But it doesn’t—in fact, the web is a boon for bullies.

The net advantage

Media guru Clay Shirky responds to criticisms in Evgeny Morozov’s December cover story on why dictators benefit from the web. Despite pitfalls, he says, the internet remains a positive force for democracy.

Three cheers for the internet

The internet cannot change everything overnight. But Evgeny Morozov is wrong: the web is still the greatest democratising force of our times.

(c) Antero Valério

L’école en morceaux

Orchestre. A Rueil-Malmaison, une association fait répéter un conte musical à des élèves de milieux modestes pour les ouvrir à la musique.

On s’attendait à un vacarme. On a finalement eu droit à une agréable symphonie. Ce vendredi matin, à l’école des Buissonnets à Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine), 48 élèves de CM1 s’apprêtent, comme chaque semaine, à répéter le conte musical Jason et la Toison d’or d’Anita Hewitt-Jones. C’est l’un des 530 orchestres scolaires formés en France à l’initiative de l’association Orchestre à l’école.

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Nada a estranhar numa lista dominada pelos EUA e Grã-Bretanha, seguindo-se o Japão e Hong Kong.

The world’s top 100 universities listed

Não é só por cá que os custos estão acima de qualquer preocupação de qualidade e rigor:

Fast-track degrees proposed to cut higher education costs

Traditional three-year courses could be replaced by more flexible degrees,

The age of the traditional three-year degree could come to an end after universities were today ordered to devise two-year fast-track courses to cut the cost of higher education to students and the public purse.

Lord Mandelson, the business secretary who is also responsible for universities, wrote to the funding council for universities asking them to develop proposals for more flexible degrees. “Over the next spending review period, we will want some shift away from full-time three year places and towards a wider variety of provision,” he said.

Mas em Inglaterra as coisas são mais claras: o responsável pelas Universidades é também o secretário para as Finanças…

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