UCL in the media
Ideas that schools could facilitate social change without taking into account how unequal the society they operate in is are fundamentally flawed, argue Dr John Yandell (UCL Institute of Education) and Professor Michael Young (UCL Institute of Education).
In a study based on 288 self-selecting survey responses and 20 in-depth interviews with primary school headteachers, “some very negative language” was used when discussing reception tests, explains Dr Alice Bradbury (UCL Institute of Education).
“The causes of premature death are an unhealthy diet, drinking, lack of exercise, et cetera. But the causes of the causes are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age,” explains Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Commenting on the news that younger siblings are less likely to get diabetes, Professor Scott Montgomery (UCL Epidemiology & Health) explains “There are changes in the mother when she’s had previous pregnancies which could have implications for the development of the child.”
The escalating trade war between the USA and China could cost the average American family over $460 a year, according to analysis from Dr Kirill Borusyak (UCL Economics).
In an opinion piece, Dr Robert Smith (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) discusses how social media polarises people’s political opinions, and argues that ‘echo chambers’ are an inevitable consequence of social networks which utilise algorithms to curate our online news.