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Held To A Higher Standard? Study Reveals That African Immigrants Are More Educated Than U.S. Citizens

Getty<p>I’ll never forget my sister’s experience in undergrad with a Nigerian classmate that she says had an attitude with her since she stepped foot …

Immigration

Personalized Learning Is a Problem of Privilege

Opinion | Learning Strategies<p>Personalized Learning Is a Problem of Privilege<p>By Paul France     Jan 21, 2018<p>Lightspring / Shutterstock<p>Education is a …

Learning

From dissing Darwin to yogic farming: A short history of the BJP’s brush with pseudoscience

What happens when the country's top leaders peddle mumbo jumbo?<p>In 1954, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru described big dams like the …

India

The richest 1% of the world’s people secured 82% of the increase in wealth in 2017: Oxfam report

The report added that 73% of the wealth generated in India in 2016-’17 went to the richest 1% of the population.<p>Oxfam, a group of international …

Income Inequality

'Why more and more parents are going for private schools': Director of influential education survey

Annual State of Education Reports have shaped popular discourse on school education in India for a decade.<p>On January 16, the latest edition of the …

Uttar Pradesh

Charles Darwin's theory of evolution wrong, nobody saw apes turning into man: Satyapal Singh - Firstpost

<b>Aurangabad:</b> Union minister Satyapal Singh has claimed that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution of man was "scientifically wrong" and it needs to be …

India

Indian population is growing much faster in the north – and the south is paying the price

The disparity in the rate of population growth could reshape the country politically, economically and culturally.<p>That India has a population problem …

India

Who Invented the Scientific Method? We Bet You've Never Heard of Him.

History is full of forgotten heroes. Sometimes that's because somebody else got credit for their work. Sometimes it's because they were women in a …

Science

The ABC of the RTE

Free and compulsory education of children in the 6 to 14 age group in India became a fundamental right when, in 2002, Article 21-A was inserted in …

U.S. Dept. of Education

The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography

It’s getting close to semester finals and in my ELL Geography class, I usually have this read this short piece, 9 Reasons to Study Geography, from …

Teaching

We can’t let cynics ruin college

<i>Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University and author of “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.”</i><p>Across the political spectrum, too many Americans have lost faith in college education. Liberals and conservatives have few talking points in common, but they have come to agree …

Education

“Women Are Teachable”: This 1940s Booklet to Assist Male Bosses in Supervising Their New Female Employees

In a re-discovered 1940s guide for how male bosses should treat female employees, men were amusingly told that “women are teachable.” The guide shows …

The Workplace

Examination 1977: A look back at the exam that changed the face of China forever

Just over 40 years ago, Professor Shuang Liu worked on an assembly line in a factory in north-eastern China. Her entire job entailed just one task: …

Education

America's Schools Are 'Profoundly Unequal,' Says U.S. Civil Rights Commission

"The federal government must take bold action to address inequitable funding in our nation's public schools."<p>So begins a list of bold recommendations released today by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency created by Congress in 1957 to investigate civil rights …

Edward Snowden Tweeted That The People Behind India's Controversial Biometric System Should Be Arrested

The US NSA whistleblower came out in support of the Indian journalist who exposed a huge breach in Aadhaar, India's controversial biometric ID program, last week.<p>Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower, has come out in support of the Indian journalist who …

National Security Agency (NSA)

In India, one student commits suicide every hour

The suicide crisis in India’s schools and colleges is worsening.<p>In the three years since 2014, over 26,000 students killed themselves in India, the latest data sent to the ministry of home affairs by all Indian states and union territories shows. The number for 2016 alone stood at 9,474—that’s one …

India

Why African board games should be introduced into the classroom

When most of us think about learning, we imagine a teacher and a classroom. In reality most of the things we know, and a great number of the skills …

Game Development

Popular Indian parody site closes after death threats from Hindu nationalists

Writer behind Facebook page Humans of Hindutva says ‘in the current volatile environment of India, people are not ready for jokes’<p>Humans of Hindutva lasted eight months: from April, when an anonymous author established the Facebook page, to December, when men starting calling his phone and …

India

The Indian teenagers who were expelled from school for hugging

<b>A hug between two teenagers in southern India has snowballed into a national controversy after their school expelled them for a "public display of affection". The BBC's Ashraf Padanna spoke to them.</b><p>After she had sung on stage in a competition at St Thomas Central School in Kerala, the 15-year-old …

Education

What India’s student exodus means

Indian consumers may be tightening their belts on many counts. But one item of expense on which they’re certainly not skimping is their children’s …

‘Pioneering Women’ celebrates 50 architects and designers of the early 20th century

The practitioners were all born before 1940<p>The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation has launched a website celebrating 50 women who have made significant contributions to the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professions between 1880 and 1980.<p>Called “Pioneering Women of American …

The world is moving toward a universal, troubling ideal for what makes women attractive

• <b>People all over the world used to think different female body types were beautiful.</b> <b>Now a study finds we're all starting to converge on one body type: thin and "possibly underweight."</b>• <b><br>It's partially a function of socioeconomic status than culture: Individuals from lower socioeconomic communities tend</b> …

Enlightened Dad's Comics Capture Exactly What We Hope Men Are Teaching Kids

Chris Grady wants to show the world that it's never too early to teach kids about empathy and being tolerant to others.<p>The Canadian cartoonist, …

School teaching women housework and obedience forced to close in China

A school where Chinese men sent their wives to learn “women’s virtues” such as household chores and the value of “talking less and working more” has been forced to close.<p>Tutors at the institute in northern China also chastised women for wearing make-up or having career ambitions, local reports said.<p>…

Bone Study Reveals Why You Would Not Want to Arm Wrestle a Neolithic Woman

Who run the Neolithic world? Girls.<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>During the Neolithic Revolution, …

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

Education

Helping girls to study rather than become child brides

<b>Until you see it, it is difficult to conceive how much work many Rajasthani girls have to do before they go to school.</b><p>For some, their chores take precedence and school is a last priority. But one organisation is pushing to encourage up to three million girls to see just how studying can change …

Volunteering Abroad? Read This Before You Post That Selfie

Think before you snap that selfie.<p>That's the serious message of a joint campaign created by two groups that have spent the past few years poking fun at problematic photos taken by Western volunteers. They often have the tendency to paint themselves as saviors to needy people in low-income countries.<p>…