Petition to Sadiq Khan
A statue for feminist icon Mary Wollstonecraft #whereswolly #VindicationforMary
You cannot be what you cannot see. Statues send a powerful message about what matters to us - and implicitly about what doesn't. Women are 51% of the UK population. Men are over 90% of all the memorials. Women who are memorialized are overwhelmingly royal or allegorical. We want to see greater diversity of women memorialized in public art. This campaign seeks to raise a memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft, feminist icon, philosopher, and campaigner for human rights and equality. We propose a statue in Newington Green, London, where she lived, established a girls’ school, and began her writing career. Mary Wollstonecraft was an exceptional thinker and advocate, the foremother of feminism, a key Enlightenment thinker, and an early human rights champion. Her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), was the first book in English arguing for the equality of woman and men. She set out the need for representation of women in our democracy, inspiring Millicent Fawcett to lead the Suffragist movement a century later. Her call for equality of education for boys and girls was directly drawn upon by William Gladstone as he crafted state education in 1870. Mary Wollstonecraft was also the first female war correspondent, reporting from the steps of the Guillotine during the Reign of Terror, as well as the mother of Mary Shelley. Today Mary's campaign for equality and human rights is just as relevant as it was in the eighteenth century The memorial will be a tangible way to share Wollstonecraft’s vision and ideas and act as an inspiration to local young people in Islington, Haringey, Hackney and beyond. We must raise the funds to recognize Mary with a memorial in this the year that we celebrate Votes for Women. Make it happen. Please sign this petition and visit www.maryonthegreen.org for more information about the campaign. Check out our twitter @maryonthegreen and the hashtag #MinuteforMary to see our supporters talk about why they love Mary Wollstonecraft and why she deserves a memorial. Why not join in and make your own #MinuteforMary video.
Petition to Oxford University Press, Michael Gove
Nature related words should be reinstated in the Junior Oxford English Dictionary.
By removing many words to do with nature from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, Children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it will be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when there are more and more species approaching extinction and more and more children suffering from mental illness and obesity. Some of the replacement words are also questionable choices. For example Blog must surely easier to spell and discover the meaning of than say hedgehog or cygnet. A group of authors have written to OUP and point out "“When, in 2007, the OJD made the changes, this connection was understood, but less well publicised than now. The research evidence showing the links between natural play and wellbeing; and between disconnection from nature and social ills, is mounting.” They also said, “There is a shocking, proven connection between the decline in natural play and the decline in children’s wellbeing,” Research reveals that a generation ago, 40% of children regularly played in natural areas, compared to 10% today, with a further 40% never playing outdoors. “Obesity, anti-social behaviour, friendlessness and fear are the known consequences,” they say. This petition echos their request to the Publishers: “that a deliberate and publicised decision to restore some of the most important nature words would be a tremendous cultural signal and message of support for natural childhood”, and ask it to “take that opportunity, and if necessary, bring forward the next edition of the OJD in order to do so”. We understand that the Oxford Primary Dictionary does include a variety of nature words of use to Primary age children and that this is a more encompassing dictionary than the Oxford Junior Dictionary, but are concerned that some very basic words for the very young are being supplanted by words that they are probably quite familiar with anyway. We do NOT condone any abusive comments and these will be removed from the discussion if spotted.
Petition to Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar, Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman
We Demand #TaxFreeEducation in Pakistan
As most of you might already know, a tax is being imposed on incoming university/college fee at the rate of 5% wherever the annual fee exceeds Rs. 200,000. Education being among the basic amenities entitled to us as citizens of this country is not something to be used for generating revenue in the name of ‘Advance Income Tax’. Although this tax is adjustable and is an ‘Advance Income Tax’, but still there are a lot of students who are from backward areas and also those who are supporting their own education by doing part-time jobs or working online. This system of taxation is totally unacceptable and Pakistan needs #TaxFreeEducation.
Petition to York University, YRT
Bring back/keep GO, YRT and Viva buses to the York University Keele Campus
Recently, York University and YRT announced that for the Fall/Winter term of 2018-19 all YRT and Viva buses would no longer go on campus. Instead, buses will be stopping at a ttc subway stop where students can take the subway or take an estimated 20 minute walk to campus. They have also announced that GO buses will be making this move as well in the future. Prior to this, for students opting to stay in the GTA for their post-secondary education, York University gave students the option to avoid having to take the subway. This very fact was one of the reasons I, and many others, chose to attend York University instead of the University of Toronto or Ryerson University. Having options like the YRT and Viva buses were not only more convinient and time-saving, but also more cost-efficient. Due to this decision, many students traveling from the GTA will have to now pay two or three different bus fares just to get to campus. Sign this petition to bring back/keep convenient and affordable transportation like the YRT, GO and Viva buses to York University!
Petition to Sindh Government and SPSC Examiners
Marking Leniency of SPSC's CCE-2018 Screening Test.
Recently, SPSC conducted Screening Tests for CCE-2018 in Sukkur, Larkana and Karachi. Now, even though the management was at par, there were certain glitches in the questions' formulation. To cut to the chase, some questions were not accompanied with the correct answers. For instance, the one pertaining to what kind of lens/mirror is used in focusing sunlight. Moreover, negative marking has seriously affected the overall marks' accumulation. Everyone who attempted the questions showed an eagerness to make an effort, without surrendering to a sure sense of failure by not answering them at all. We humbly ask you to review the marking process, and at least make the passing marks 40, instead of 50. Or reduce the negative marking per question. Please give a chance to those who are honestly eager to, and can productively, make an augmented contribution to the Commission's body. JazaakAllah!
Petition to Theresa May MP, Richard Graham MP, UK Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Richard Johnson headteacher, Severn Vale School, Alex chalk, David drew
BAN homework in secondary school around England and the rest of the United Kingdom
They should ban homework in England in secondary schools because it is the most important years to be studying at school to get GCSE but if you have homework all the time you are missing out on learning. Plus you can spend hours doing the pieces of homeworks and the teachers might not mark them in which you don't know whether you are improving. Plus by doing no homework it would give the students more time to learn and have more time to be able to do stuff they enjoy like hobbies. And it should be up to kids how they revise. And the teachers to prepare the lessons instead of handing homework out in which it could improve learning because it wouldn't take up the time. And if you do your homework you never have time to go out with friends or family because they set to much homework and students go to school about 30 hours a week and spend more hours doing homework they should be able to relax there brains and having a break not doing work all the time.what happens if you win? Well it would stop homework which would give more time to students to do what they want like sports or there hobbies and socialising with other people like friends.and cause teachers can use the time to prepare the lessons instead of handing out homework in which student might not know what to do. and also they don’t give the help student need because they are interested in homework not the pupils progress and whether they are understanding the knowledge! You spend hours doing it and the teachers don’t mark it which means that time you can be spending with your friends and family also they don’t realise that you only stay a kid for not long so you want to enjoy it. and homework does not help you get a GCSE so the teachers can help you more and stop giving detentions and help people to achieve and learn what they need they never consult the parents or students and can set how much homework they want which it isn’t fair and this causes health problems because you are not doing fun things like hobbies a number of health problems are: .heart problems .anxiety And another thing is schools set all this homework but then they don’t think socialising or spending time with your family is important like going to beaches so you have memories as you are only young for not long and school do not look at this and they set loads of homework way to much over the weekends but they don’t realise that you too want a break and spend time with family and friends and homework does not help you and it causes health problems And even teachers get breaks over the weekends and go places so they need to take in consideration of students and they should just ban it so teachers can teach better and homework don’t help cause teachers harlf the time don’t even mark it! ALL HOMEWORK DOES IS CAUSE UNNACESSARY STRESS!!! plus when you are worried about GCSE it does not help and can lead to anxiety and other mental health problems Homework was introduced as a punishment but now generations are taking it too far and giving how much they want out and it’s not having an detrimental impact on them but the younger generations who will become successful but Homework is getting in the way achieving to ban homework would mean a lot of things including more time to revise necessary stuff which will achive you good GCSE which homework doesnt !!!!! and you would also have more time to do sports you enjoy or hobbies and it will create a better environment and atmosphere at school as children should enjoy school but when you got that extra pressure of homework it does not help! there is also proof that it doesn’t help such as Finland they have no homework and they got better education including GCSE HOMEWORK IS UNHEATHY and stops you from socialising and doing revision, revision classes cause some student might not be able to do revision classes after school as the amount of pressure to do homework from the school cause student know if they don’t do it they get detentions etc have emailed my local MP which is labour and he’s so say for the people of my constituency and he wasn’t interested and opiniated while they shouldn’t as they got elected to represent their constituents enough is enough we need action fast
Petition to Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Tim Roache
Every school-based Support Staff, Deserves 52 weeks pay and they are GIVEN RECOGNITIONS they Deserve. Pay your school-based Support Staff/Teaching Assistants they don't get paid enough.
Oh no not another topic on school-based Support Staff, seems like a very hot topic in Schools locally and nationally. (Teachers always appreciates support from TA's) A recent publication from the EEF outlines the most effective methods of deploying teaching assistants, there is research being conducted into their best utilisation, and the national occupational standards are being reviewed. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/news/teaching-assistants-should-not-be-substitute-teachers-but-can-make-a-real-d/ Our school-based Support Staff, are not a “mums army” but education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they Deserve. Tories and their fan club have sought to undermine the work of school-based Support Staff, for the last decade. Along with the evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly, they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Today classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. All school-based Support Staff, are not a “mum’s army” as Michael Gove so insultingly calling them. They are education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they deserve for 52-week pay. The first thing Gove did was to abolish the school support staff negotiating body, having the audacity to call it a QUANGO. This malicious act denied nearly half a million, mainly female, hard working people the simple right to a national framework for their jobs, career structure and pay. Now they are listening to and quoting their fan club’s mantra. Apparently, according to them, you do not add value to Educational Outcomes. In fact, you can actually have a negative impact on pupils’ results, despite all the credible research and reports in the public domain. For example the one by the Institute of Education that showed that the more school-based Support Staff, has the better results its students achieve. Oh, no he won’t pay attention to that–that would cost him money, not save him money. He must understand we are teaching and supporting our children. Yes, you are Education’s Hidden Professionals. You are a vital, integral part of our education system, and you deserve to be recognised as such. Even the Government’s own inspectors (OFSTED) have identified and highlighted the professionalism of support staff in our schools and the positive difference you make to our children’s education. We want to raise standards of teaching and learning by ensuring learning support workers are appropriately qualified and skilled. The evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly; they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. Ensure that support staff receives fair and consistent pay and conditions appropriate to the overall role and responsibilities they undertake. Add your support so every school-based Support Staff, get the professional recognition they deserve. Picture from http://www.tafocus.co.uk