Miriam Shah

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Pedagogy

David Cameron: parents should be taught how to control children

Prime minister to offer families vouchers for parenting lessons as he says that we all need guidance<p>The prime minister will call for a revolution in child rearing this weekend by suggesting that all parents should attend classes on how to discipline their children.<p>In a move likely to enrage those …

Refugee crisis creates 'stateless generation' of children in limbo

Babies born to migrants may be ineligible for citizenship in any country because of biased laws and inadequate EU controls<p>Europe’s refugee crisis is threatening to compound a hidden problem of statelessness, with experts warning that growing numbers of children are part of an emerging “stateless …

The majority of the world's children are in school. So why aren't they learning?

The world has to face up to the ambitious demands of the global education goal. We must research how we can rapidly improve the quality of schooling<p>If you want to find a child who lacks education today, the place to find them is in school. That’s because nearly all children are in school. That’s …

The Whiteboard Jungle: Reading books is not a regular hobby among today's students

For years, I required my advanced 10th-graders to read 2,000 pages a semester, averaging 100 pages a week, based on books that they chose. That way if a book we studied in class didn't catch their fancy, they had the freedom to find books that appealed to them as long as the selections were …

Teaching

Canada risks being left behind as green energy takes off

The shift to clean energy is producing huge economic gains, but Canada risks being left behind if the federal government doesn't get on board, a new report warns.<p>That's the message from energy and climate think tank Clean Energy Canada, which paints a picture of a world increasingly embracing – and …

Quality Early Learning Must Be Affordable

Today's 20-somethings are having fewer babies than any generation in U.S. history. One big reason is that raising children is expensive. In the Granite State, the average annual cost for an infant in a full-time child care facility is almost $12,000. For young parents struggling to make ends meet, …

Is Education the Cure for Poverty?

Economists may disagree a lot on policy, but we all agree on the "education premium" -- the earnings boost associated with more education. But what …

Mums who let children aged just SEVEN walk alone to school: 'Hands-off' parenting is suddenly back in vogue - but does it foster independence or just put kids at risk?

• <b>'Free-range' parents allow children to play outdoors and travel alone</b>• <b><br>Solicitor and mother-of-two Belinda Goldman, 47, from London, is a fan</b>• <b><br>She had a</b> …

Worrying social experiment reveals how toddlers are more likely to choose brightly colored bottles of hazardous cleaning products than their own toys

• <b>More than half of children pick hazardous products in social experiment</b>• <b><br>Youngsters play with bleach, paint and dishwasher tablets in shocking</b> …

All adults in Norway have the right to free education—including refugees

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Norway’s famously sturdy social safety net is tightly woven around education—not only for children growing up in the country’s traditional schooling system, but for adults who missed out on the regular route to university.<p>Every adult over the age of 24 and living …

OECD

Education Costs per Child

Since a child obviously does not complete all her education in one year, and costs go up each year, we can't come up with a meaningful figure that …

Extreme Sports

Parents, do you know what your kids are actually doing in class?

Meet the Alphans. They are a new society. Theirs is a warm, sharing culture, where intimacy not only is rewarded but required.<p>When you see a fellow Alphan, the parents at Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School learned, a handshake is an insult. You must hug. There is one man in charge, the women …

Education

Do we need more childcare in schools?

The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, is proposing parents be given a right to request childcare from schools for the full working day. Will this work?<p>In her speech at the Conservative party conference, the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, said she would give parents a “right to request” …

Huge shortfall in teachers forces schools to look overseas for new recruits

Figures show a record 50,000 teachers left the profession in a year, even though pupil numbers continue to grow<p>Schools are having to conduct mass recruitment rounds abroad as new figures show a record 50,000 teachers have left the profession in a year.<p>An exodus from schools, along with a shortfall …

Dummies delay a baby's speaking: Research finds infants need their tongue to move freely to help develop their speech

• <b>Study also said sucking thumbs may lead to delayed speech development</b> <b></b>• <b><br>Dummies restrict the movement of the tip of the tongue, scientists said</b>• <b><br>Findings</b> …

Third of pre-school children have their own iPad, says study

Ownership of tablet computers among under-fives in the UK is widespread, with a quarter of under-threes having one of their own<p>A third of pre-school children in the UK have their own iPad or a similar tablet that they use for an average of one hour and 19 minutes every weekday, often on their own …

Playtime is crucial for a child's development – cut it at your peril

More schools are shortening the day by cutting break and lunchtimes, with worrying implications for young people’s wellbeing and learning<p>We’ve all been there. The thundering steps across the tarmac. The nervous glance over your shoulder. The hand reaching for you with a shout of “You’re it!” …

Future perfect: investing in a child's wellbeing brings a big payoff

Early childhood development initiatives promote social and economic growth, but they need a funding boost if the ‘education for all’ SDG is to be achieved<p>The 13th education and development forum that runs this week comes at a crucial time. Preceding the UN sustainable development summit by two …

Why your toddler's vocabulary at age TWO can predict their success in later life

• <b>Children entering kindergarten with higher reading and math achievements more likely to go to college, own homes, be married and live in good</b> …

Scientific evidence and benefits of investing in early childhood education 1(Dr. Emily Vargas Baron)

Scientific Research

Reasoning with your children may be the right approach, but it's hard work

Sometimes, all you feel like doing is losing the plot when it comes to toddler behaviour<p>Bad news for impatient parents. A new study by psychologists has found that reasoning with your children is the best way to improve behaviour in the long run.<p>Fans of the sterner approach may be relieved to hear …

The difference 1000 days make in the life of a child

A young performer at Gove Peninsula's Garma Festival, Nhulunbuy. <i>Photo: John Borthwick</i><p>International research shows that early intervention programs …

Child rearing is too important to be left to the market

We know that early years intervention works better in the public sector. You can’t monetise everything<p>“Early years” is the most freighted term in politics, deployed to convey so much. For me, the phrase conjures an image of toddlers, hefting great boulders of public policy intention – like dutiful …

Sierra Leone: 'Schools are opening, but I can't afford food or to pay the children's school fees' – video

The Ebola crisis kept Sierra Leone's 1.8 million children out of education for the best part of a year. Now schools are reopening, but the education system is still beset with problems, with the legacy of Ebola leaving some families too poor to afford schooling, and pregnant teenagers being …

UK aid watchdog criticises DfID over partnerships with private sector

Department for International Development’s engagement with private enterprise lacks strategic oversight and clear objectives, claims aid impact commission<p>Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) is failing to capitalise on partnerships with the private sector because of a lack of …

World Bank announces $5bn drive to improve quality of global education

On eve of World Education Forum, results-based initiative shifts focus from school enrolment to quality of learning, but aid agencies urge caution<p>The World Bank is to allocate $5bn (£3.19bn) to improve the quality of global education over the next five years. The money will be disbursed after …

For Indonesia’s Kids, a Reading Problem

Jakarta Globe, page 3<p>Asian nations makeup the entire top five of best performers in the biggest-ever school ranking compiled by the Organization for …

Education

Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

David Cameron argues we need to train the smartest to teach. But Finnish universities select only 10% of applicants – and not the cleverest<p>When my niece was finishing school in Finland, more than anything else she wanted to become a primary teacher. Despite her genuine interest in teaching she …

Is misused neuroscience defining early years and child protection policy?

The idea that a child's brain is irrevocably shaped in the first three years increasingly drives government policy on adoption and early childhood intervention. But does the science stand up to scrutiny?<p>"Neuroscience can now explain why early conditions are so crucial," wrote Graham Allen and Iain …