Danish teachers told to tone down clothes
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 5 (UPI) -- Schools in Denmark have created dress codes for teachers because some have been appearing in class wearing miniskirts and low-cut blouses.
School authorities in several northern Jutland schools have reprimanded teachers for wearing suggestive clothing or developed dress codes, reported the newspaper Nordjyske Stiftstidende.
"Clothes should not be too sexy or provocative, a teacher is an authority, and shouldn't walk around with a bare stomach," said Linda Schoneberg, a school principal. "That attracts focus away from studies."
The new dress code for Schoneberg's school also applies to male teachers, but Schoneberg said the ban on see-through blouses and miniskirts did not apply, the Copenhagen Post reported Tuesday.
"But if a teacher came to work wearing a biker's vest, he would be notified that it was not a good example to set for the children," she added.
Grades improve at no-homework school
EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 5 (UPI) -- Grades at a Scottish private school have improved by as much as 20 percent since the headmaster banned assigning homework, The Scotsman said Tuesday.
Cargilfield School in Edinburgh is Scotland's first preparatory school and teaches children between 3 and 13. Its new headmaster, John Elder, said he banned homework to encourage pupils to become more responsible for what they choose to study away from school and to spare parents the anguish of having to help their children with intricate problems they themselves barely comprehend.
He lengthened the school day to end at 6 p.m. to allow students more access to their teachers beginning last year.
"(Students) definitely show an improvement on previous years, particularly in math and science," Elder said. "Another side-effect is that the pupils have more time on their hands to get involved in after-school clubs, which have increased in popularity in the past year."
Sci-fi university research goes high-tech
LIVERPOOL, England, April 5 (UPI) -- Science fiction aficionados can soon research their burning questions online once a University of Liverpool launches a major sci-fi Web site next week.
The Science Fiction Hub will go online Tuesday, and mainly be used as a resource for independent research, providing access to more than 20,000 journal articles. It is expected to rival science fiction's other major center, Riverside, at the University of California, The Guardian reported.
Hub Manager Roy McCready said the site will draw together such sciences as philosophy and physics.
"It is little known that science fiction has inspired many scientists in the development of technology," McCready said. "Arthur C. Clarke, for instance, wrote about satellite communications in the mid-20th century -- way before its eventual realization."
Attending the launch will be award-winning writers Brian Aldiss, best known for his "Helliconia Trilogy," and Stephen Baxter, author of "The Time Ships and Voyage."