Education

Why you shouldn’t take the kids out of school to go on holidays

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Irish schools unlikely to object too forcefully over kids missing week or… Mark Hilliard The Irish Times Bringing your children to a supermarket to add up prices, examine ingredients and understand the value of money has educational merit but you are unlikely to let them miss… Some parents argue that going on holiday during term time can be… Why you shouldn’t… Read More »

Chinese university to open in Oxford despite ideological crackdown at home

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Peking University buys stately home for nearly £9m and says it will house a campus designed for students from both Europe and… Tom Phillips in Beijing The Guardian One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to… Peking University, an… Chinese university to… Read More »

Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,”… Bassam Tawil Gatestone Institute The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East. Along with Hamas… Palestinians: We Have… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

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For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

Utopian thinking: In my school I’d teach human values, not British Values

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Rather Theresa May’s picture accompanied by a list of British values there’d be one of an ape – to remind us of who we really are and where we come from Jules Howard The Guardian It seemed slightly ghoulish seeing her hanging there, in a school. A framed portrait of Theresa May, looking down on the children in the school hall, watching over them Just About Managing not to shuffle their bottoms or pick their… Utopian thinking: In… Read More »

Why we need the humanities more than ever, by the President of Yale

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In our complex and interconnected world, we need leaders of imagination, understanding, and emotional intelligence—men and women who will move beyond polarizing debates and tackle the… Peter Salovey World Economic Forum To cultivate such leaders, we must value and invest in the… I am a psychologist by training, and I study human… Art, literature, history, and… Why we need… Read More »

How Erasmus+ could benefit refugees

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The European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term review must consider how to harness the potential of the scheme in addressing Europe’s shifting realities. Michael Gaebel Euractiv Providing grants to refugee students and academics is one way to start, writes Michael Gaebel. Michael Gaebel is… How Erasmus+ could… Read More »

Schools should teach pupils how to spot ‘fake news’

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Schools should teach young people about how to identify “fake news”, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and… Sean Coughlan BBC Andreas Schleicher is planning to include questions about such “global competencies” in the next round of the influential… He wants teenagers to look beyond the social media “echo… Schools should teach… Read More »

On bullying, country’s best-kept secret out

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The explosive revelation of bullying at Alliance High School, long considered the nation’s citadel of academic achievement and chivalry, has lifted the lid on one of the country’s best-kept secrets — that most public schools are simply no longer what they used to be. Kariuki Waihenya Daily Nation Vices such as cheating in examinations, setting buildings on fire, sodomy, drug abuse and bullying have become too prevalent. In the 1970s… On bullying, country’s… Read More »

Think millennials are lazy? Think again

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Over-educated, under-employed and often living with the parents, life as a millennial is not an easy ride, writes Nicolle White. Nicolle White Independent Australia WHETHER it’s a rant in a blog from people that think Andrew Bolt deserves a Walkley Award, or through overhearing snippets of conversation between isles of the supermarket, it’s clear that many of the older generation… Think millennials are… Read More »

Utopian thinking: why not put children in charge of their schools?

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The future is rapidly changing and uncertain, so our young people need to retain their creativity. Rachel Roberts The Guardian Top-down authority is no longer the way We are living… Utopian thinking: why… Read More »

School standards drop as government pushes a politically correct program

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PARENTS should be worried about the LGBTI Safe Schools gender and sexuality program being forced on government schools by Daniel… Kevin Donnelly Herald Sun Add the fact, as reported in The Australian recently, that vulnerable teenagers with intellectual disabilities enrolled in Victorian special schools are also… Such was the furore… School standards drop… Read More »

The Limits of Choice

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Last week Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced—to the astonishment of many commentators—that historically black colleges and universities “are real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” Sophia Rosenfeld Dissent HBCUs, she continued, “are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has… The Limits of… Read More »

Why do politicians continue to push the zombie creed of austerity?

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The fiction of financial constraint perpetuated by the budget allows authority figures to treat us like children – but it’s time we understood the facts Eliane Glaser The Guardian For her fifth birthday, my daughter requested a unicorn cake and an angel cake. When I told… Why do politicians… Read More »

It’s never too late to learn

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Newfound literacy for 30 grandmothers has reaped rewards for not only themselves but their entire community Anusha Venkat Asia Times Just after lunch, Kantabai Laxman More makes the short walk to her school – nothing but a thatched shed put up under a mango tree that’s much younger than her. And she is… It’s never too… Read More »

When Even Scholarly Journals Are Political

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In Friday’s AEIdeas, my colleague Charles Murray reflects on his adventures last week at heretofore sleepy Middlebury College. Frederick M. Hess AEI With customary aplomb, he nails the equal parts close-mindedness, political correctness, thuggishness, and incivility that too often characterizes the modern university. The only problem… When Even Scholarly… Read More »