Archive for July/2011

28
Jul

Humanities at IE

Written on July 28, 2011 by Banafsheh Farhangmehr in Arts & Cultures & Societies

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27
Jul

School colour-codes pupils by ability

Written on July 27, 2011 by Banafsheh Farhangmehr in Arts & Cultures & Societies

A secondary school has divided its students by ability, complete with different uniforms. Innovative way to lure the middle classes, or worrying segregation?

Students with purple ties are gifted and talented. All the children at Crown Woods college in Greenwich, south London, know that. They are taught in separate colour-coordinated buildings, play in fenced-off areas and eat lunch at separate times. At 11 years old, all pupils at the college are streamed according to ability in what the headteacher argues is the only way to survive in the brave new world of market-driven education.

Crown Woods re-opened in May this year after a £50m rebuild under the Building Schools for the Future programme. Based on a small-schools model in the US, the pupils are ranked as they leave primary school and put into one of three “mini-schools” on site. The gifted and talented go to Delamere. They have purple badges on their smart blazers. The rest go to Ashwood, which wears blue, or Sherwood, which wears red. These two schools are more mixed ability, but they are still streamed into three tiers. Each school has 450 students and functions independently. There are no shared subject departments.

The light, bright white corridors in the nine new buildings make the site feel more like an art gallery than a state comprehensive. The state-of-the-art competitive gym with capacity for 450 people feels like a professional facility. There is a sensory garden and design centre named after William Morris. The use of prefects, the school’s stately crown logo and the formal use of the tie in the uniform add to the traditional posh-school image, but this school’s facilities are available to all students, and it offers vocational subjects.

Continue reading in Guardian

26
Jul

Menos hijos

Written on July 26, 2011 by Rafael Puyol in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Por Rafael Puyol, Profesor de IE School of Arts & Humanities

Era una caída anunciada: los nacimientos en España, como sospechábamos, han vuelto a descender. No mucho ciertamente porque en relación al año pasado son alguno menos de 10.000, pero es que en este asunto todo lo que no sea crecer es malo. Les decía en un artículo anterior que la mortalidad, al descender, nos estaba dando un respiro. Ahora quienes parecen habérselo tomado son las cigüeñas que viven una etapa laboral de reducción de jornada. Este es el hecho que suma una preocupación más a nuestro futuro. Pero ¿por qué la natalidad ha vuelto a caer después de haber mantenido una tendencia al alza desde finales de los 90 al año pasado? Ya he dicho en otras ocasiones que la crisis no tiene toda la culpa. Tiene que parte de ella porque los tiempos de incertidumbre no son buenos ni para el “casorio” ni para la descendencia. Y no lo son para los padres españoles y para los extranjeros puesto que en ambos se observa un descenso de criaturas. Ahora bien, si la debacle económica que sufrimos fuera el único argumento de la caída, podríamos tener la esperanza de que muerto el perro, muerta la rabia y que los alumbramientos podrían esperar mejores horizontes. Pero no conviene olvidar que en el retroceso actúa la reducción creciente del volumen de mujeres en edad fértil. Menos madres potenciales significan menos hijos ya que el número medio de vástagos por mujer apenas se modificó respecto al año pasado. Y eso sí resulta preocupante porque el factor no es coyuntural sino que deriva de una evolución demográfica previa que no es fácil de corregir. ¿Pero tiene algún remedio? Digamos que la situación mejoraría si pudiésemos tener más madres (nacionales y de fuera) que tuviesen más hijos (crecimiento de la fecundidad) para lo cual vendría bien que empezasen a tenerlos a edades más tempranas. No es fácil, pero algo más de apoyo para que estos procesos fueran posibles, vendría bien.

22
Jul

Lucian Freud dies aged 88

Written on July 22, 2011 by Banafsheh Farhangmehr in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Lucian Freud, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest, most influential and yet most controversial British painters of his era, has died at his London home.

News of his death, at the age of 88, was released by his New York art dealer, William Acquavella. The realist painter, who was a grandson of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, had watched his works soar in value over recent years and, in 2008, his portrayal of a large, naked woman on a couch – Benefits Supervisor Sleeping – sold at auction for £17m, a record price for the work of a living artist.

Born in Berlin, Freud came to Britain in 1933 with his family when he was 10 years old and developed his passion for drawing. After studying at art school, he had a self-portrait accepted for Horizon magazine and, by the age of 21, his talent had been recognised in a solo show. He returned to Britain after the war years to teach at the Slade School of Art in London.

Over a career that spanned 50 years, Freud became famous for his intense and unsettling nude portraits. A naturalised British subject, he spent most of his working life in London and was frequently seen at the most salubrious bars and restaurants, often in the company of beautiful young women such as Kate Moss, who he once painted. A tweet from the writer Polly Samson last night reported that Freud’s regular table in The Wolseley restaurant was laid with a black tablecloth and a single candle in his honour.

The director of the Tate gallery, Nicholas Serota, said last night: “The vitality of [Freud's] nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late 20th century art.

“His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period.”

Acquavella, described him “as one of the great painters of the 20th century”.

“In company, he was exciting, humble, warm and witty. He lived to paint and painted until the day he died, far removed from the noise of the art world.”

The son of an architect and older brother of broadcaster Clement Freud, the painter was married to Kathleen Garman for four years. They had two daughters. His second marriage, to Caroline Blackwood in 1953, ended in 1957. The novelist Esther Freud and the fashion designer Bella Freud are his daughters from a relationship with Bernardine Coverley.

Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Starr Figura summed up Freud’s divisive quality. “The ones who don’t appreciate him find his work hard to look at and a bit out of step with what is going on in the rest of the world. They have a hard time categorising it.”

One of Freud’s most often reproduced paintings is of the Queen, who posed for Freud fully clothed. The brightly coloured portrait was donated to the Queen’s collection and is one of the most controversial depictions of the monarch.

Art critic and presenter Tim Marlow said Freud was a “very special man”.

“He looked at the world was as if he was painting it but when you saw his paintings you saw how he really saw it,” he said.

“He was the sort of person who had a twinkle in his eye but he would also look at you in a daunting and scrutinising way.

“He was very funny and very dry. He never lost his sharpness.”

Continue reading in Guardian

21
Jul

Centenarios

Written on July 21, 2011 by Rafael Puyol in Arts & Cultures & Societies, IE Humanities Center

Por Rafael Puyol, Profesor de IE School of Arts & Humanities

De nuevo ha vuelto a las Cortes el debate sobre el retraso de la edad de jubilación y otra vez se han escuchado voces críticas contra la propuesta. Y de nuevo tengo que manifestar que, con todas las excepciones y matizaciones que sea necesario establecer para que la medida sea económicamente útil y   socialmente justa, la proposición no me parece en modo alguno descabellada, si acaso todavía tímida. Hoy se vive mucho más que nunca y, por lo común, se comienza a trabajar más tarde que antes. Por lo tanto resulta lógico que también se abandone la vida laboral “regulada” con más retraso. Y no defiendo esta prolongación por razones derivadas de los desajustes entre activos y dependientes que si no se toman estas medidas complicarán todavía más el futuro pago de las pensiones. No olvido estas razones, pero mis argumentos no son exclusivamente de naturaleza económica. Pienso mucho más en el despilfarro que para una sociedad supone prescindir de sus “seniors” a una edad prematura, inconvenientemente anticipada porque a los 65 años queda todavía mucha vida (incluso laboral ) por vivir. El argumento es válido para todos los trabajos, pero adquiere especialmente relevancia en aquellas ocupaciones que exigen una mayor preparación previa y una formación permanentemente actualizada a lo largo de toda la vida. Son esos “mayores” que poseen destrezas, capacidades o experiencias que una medida administrativa puede arrojar al cubo de la basura.

Y es que conozco a tantas personas que están en esa situación, que me parece justo romper una lanza por ellos. Estoy seguro que esta defensa suscitaría una sonrisa de apoyo de un Oscar Niemayer, un Francisco Ayala, un Pepín Bello, un Antonio Garrigues y tantos otros centenarios que se mantuvieron o permanecen ocupados mucho más allá de la edad oficial del retiro No pido tanto para todos, pero sí un poco más para quienes quieren seguir estando oficialmente empleados y las leyes o las conveniencias de las empresas o instituciones no les dejan.

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