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The false choice of quality vs cost in early childhood education

The Productivity Commission is undertaking an inquiry into childcare and early learning. In a recent Issues Paper the commission suggests that there …

Education

Head of Ofsted calls for radical shakeup of early years education

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, is to call for a radical shakeup in early-years education, saying that more nursery places should be funded within schools to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.<p>Speaking at the launch of Ofsted's first report on early-years education provision, …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Poor state education in India threatens the futures of millions of children

Armal Ali lives in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India. The family of 11 occupy a breeze-block shack with no windows. Ali works all day at a hand loom, sitting cross-legged on the ground, making embroidered saris that are highly prized across the …

How businesses can help solve the education crisis

What is the optimal role for business in improving global education?<p>We've danced around this question for years. It's touchy, fraught with politics and real concerns about doing well by kids. To date, the frequent calls for business to do more for education have led to a handful of laudatory …

Innovation

Now There's A Davos Of Education And A $1 Million 'Nobel Prize' For Teachers

The Global Education and Skills Forum convened its second annual conference in Dubai from March 15 to 17th. The forum brought together world leaders, heads of state, international ministers of education, innovators, and experts looking to help solve a “global education crisis.”<p>It was a fascinating …

Education should be a right for all

We believe that education, like healthcare, is a fundamental social good, one that benefits both individual students and society as a whole (Report, 21 March). We believe that everyone should have an equal right, during a formative period of their lives, to pursue their own interests for their own …

Indiana withdraws from national Common Core educational standards

Indiana this week became the first US state to formally withdraw from the Common Core education standards in a move that did little to appease critics of the national program, who contend the state is simply stripping the "Common Core" label while largely keeping the benchmarks.<p>Indiana was among 45 …

Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality'

An interview with the country's minister of education, Krista Kiuru<p>Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted. Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than …

'If it wasn't for college, I probably would have given up on education altogether'

When I was 16 I decided to join the sixth form at my school. Well, really my teachers told me I should go to the school's sixth form. They also essentially chose the subjects I studied – biology, music and French – because they thought they were a good mix.<p>But they weren't a good mix for me. I was …

Education Nation 2013: Summit

The fourth annual NBC News Education Nation Summit, held October 6-8 at The New York Public Library, explored "What It Takes" for us as a nation to ensure students are successfully prepared for college, career and beyond. Leading experts and stakeholders – from parents and teachers, to policymakers …

The Big Idea That Can Revolutionize Higher Education: 'MOOC'

Massive open online courses combine the best of college -- exceptional instruction -- with the best of technology -- online interactive learning<p><i>Massive open online courses combine the best of college -- exceptional instruction -- with the best of technology -- online interactive learning. Is this</i> …

Diary: A rigorous approach to education will take you a long way. Just ask Gavin Barwell MP

• Standards! No wonder this country is going to hell in a whatsit when algebra has been kicked off the curriculum to make room for rapping and the third word our children learn to spell is rofl. What we need is some rigour, and the Diary has just the person to bring it, one Gavin Barwell, Tory MP …

Redefining Education to Close the Workforce Skills Gap

I've heard it time and again: frustrated college-educated millennials bemoaning their prospects in a backwards job market. "I'm applying for all of these jobs that require experience, but how can I get experience if I can't get a job!?" Every year, American graduates, after spending four years in …

Innovative Educator

Everything You Know About Education Is Wrong

<i>A groundbreaking study of New York schools by a MacArthur "genius" challenges the typical understanding of what makes a good school</i><p>What did make a difference? The study measures correlation, not causation, so there are no clear answers. But there is a clear pattern. Schools that focused on teacher …

One in four Americans doesn’t know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, but this says much more about culture than it does about education<p>A recent US National Science Foundation Study of more than 2,200 randomly sampled American adults suggests that a quarter of Americans do not know that the …

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.<p>It’s so common to see studies about the United States’s lackluster academic performance …

Education is central to ending FGM

It has been deeply inspiring for me to hear that Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old supported by the Guardian, has attracted well over 212,000 signatures to her petition demanding action to end female genital mutilation (FGM). I applaud her desire to enlist headteachers and reach every girl at risk of …

Ban Ki-moon backs campaign to tackle FGM through education

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has backed Fahma Mohamed's campaign – which is supported by the Guardian and anti-FGM campaigners – to put education at the heart of tackling female genital mutilation. Ban praised the 17-year-old's campaign – which has now attracted more than 212,000 …

Nova Scotia to launch major public-education review

The Nova Scotia government is poised to conduct a sweeping review of the province's public education system, saying the last time it went under the microscope was 25 years ago.<p>"Think about how much has changed in the last 25 years," Premier Stephen McNeil said Tuesday, adding that the process will …

Cheng's Views on Chinese and American Education

We live in a time in which the worship of test scores has bred an unprecedented, obsessive desire among corporate reformers to best other countries on international tests. I supposed such would somehow permanently etch into the world consciousness that the United States truly is "the" world power …

Want to Change the Education System? Listen to Students

"If you had the power to change the education system, what would you do?"<p>In one portion of the conference, following a series of Imagining Learning's …

Early years education,Children,Cuts and closures,Public sector cuts,Childcare,Education,UK news,Society,Money,Politics,Education policy<p>Childhood specialists say closure of council-run nurseries and children's centres risks long-term damage to the most vulnerable<p>Dozens of Britain's most respected …

University education: at £9,000 per year, parents begin to question its value

Parents are struggling to reconcile conflicting views about the value of higher education for their children: more than half believe that fees of up to £9,000 a year represent poor value for money, yet a majority still regard a traditional university education as the best route to a chosen career, …

Why Americans Are So Polarized: Education and Evolution

Improvements in learning—which correlates with stronger partisanship—and the tendency to choose likeminded mates may be helping to create divided politics.<p>In his State of the Union address, President Obama lamented how Washington “has been consumed by ... rancorous argument,” which over the past …

In Education Technology, Startups With Big Impact Tend to Be Rather Simple

Edmodo, Remind101, ClassDojo and StudyBlue break out from the pack, but not because of some complex technology.<p>After years of meager investment, early-stage education technology has seen a boom time in the past three years. There was $1.1 billion worth of funding for ed tech in 2012, up from a …

A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099

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Professors Peeved to Learn They Don’t Own What They Teach Online

It took a year for Christopher Nelson to create a course for a new online degree program in philosophy at South Texas College, where he had to …