International Intonation – Nov. 28, 2012

Mark Hendricks, Contributor Ω

Leading by example

More than 17 per cent of teachers have been bullied – with the main sources being colleagues and management – according to a recent survey in Germany.

While bullying among students is a commonly discussed and condemned topic, it seems teachers are not immune to this form of harassment.

The survey consisted of 1,831 German teachers and was conducted by Reinhold Jager, a professor of at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

The survey found of the 17 per cent who had been bullied, 54 per cent reported some form of bullying by management, which was the largest source. Additionally, 48 per cent also reported to have experienced bullying at the hands of colleagues.

Teachers who are more than 40 years old and female teachers are more likely to be bullied. These two demographics had a 56 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively, higher chance of being bullied.

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A text you don’t want to ignore

When Saudi women are leaving the country, their male “guardians” now automatically receive a text message warning.

Tasks such as travel, employment, marriage, and health care have long been subject to the approval of their “guardian” for Saudi Arabian women.

This change was put in place to streamline the previous process of women needing to present a yellow slip signed by their “guardian” in order to leave the country.

The text messages were an optional program men could opt into to replace the yellow slip, but as of last week it has become automatic for all women leaving the country.

“Apparently, as a Saudi woman, I don’t even deserve the simplest of rights like the right to privacy,” Safa Alahmad, a freelance journalist, told The Guardian. “The core issue remains the same. Saudi women are viewed and treated as minors by the Saudi government.”

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Big news from the red planet in the near future

NASA’s Discovery rover has made a new find on the surface of Mars and while NASA scientists won’t say what it is yet, they say it’s big.

Discovery has a built-in laboratory. The news that has everyone at NASA so excited is about a soil sample that has been analysed.

“This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” said John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission.

NASA scientists are reluctant to come forward with a claim in the event that they’re wrong, which happened when NASA scientists thought they found methane in the atmosphere on Mars. In truth, the methane had actually travelled with the rover from Earth.

Grotzinger expects NASA to be ready to reveal its findings in several weeks time.

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