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Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning

When Orville Wright, of the Wright brothers fame, was told by a friend that he and his brother would always be an example of how far someone can go in life with no special advantages, he emphatically responded, “to say we had no special advantages … the greatest thing...

Former Child Bride Is Pedaling Her Way To A Brighter Future

At 14, Jenipher Sanni married a man who already had a wife and kids. He yelled at her a lot. She dropped out of school. Now 20, she's left her husband and is a newly minted high school graduate. And she's helping girls in her community stay in school. This week, she...

India: Why the world’s biggest school system is failing its pupils

ON THE ground floor of a primary school in Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan, five dozen pupils wait for the lunch break. The school has three teachers, but two of them are absent. One is “off sick” and the other, the head teacher, left at noon, explaining that she has...

Learning Progression Explorer: Tell Us What You Think

By Ray Adams, Director of ACER’s Centre for Global Education Monitoring and a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The push for globally-comparable measures of learning is truly...

Getting the right blend: the use of the digital in African education

In many ways, education is about finding the right blend. This is why 'blended learning' – or the mixed use of digital and traditional learning methods - holds such promise for many of education’s toughest challenges, particularlythose present in a variety of contexts...

How Making Mistakes Primes Kids To Learn Better

Once a month, this column will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools. Most of us can remember a moment like this from our school years: the teacher poses a question – maybe it’s math, maybe...

India: Social Welfare schoolchildren all set to be innovators

Eight APSWRIS schools selected for setting up of Atal Tinkering Labs Students of the schools run by Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Institutions’ Society (APSWRIS) are going great guns. Eight of these schools have been selected for setting up Atal Tinkering...

Global HackWeek: Addressing education’s big challenges with AI

New Delhi: OpenEd.ai, a non-profit organisation committed to developing and promoting open-source Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Education, is organising a global AI for Education HackWeek from 28 July– 4 August at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi....

A teacher’s anti-solution to a big problem

It’s no secret that teachers don’t get enough quality professional development — or even the kinds of development — that can help them grow as educators. That has been a particular frustration to Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year who teaches...

US: The Collateral Damage of Testing Pressure

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade are often free of the high-stakes testing common in later grades—but those years are still high-stakes for students’ learning and development. That means it’s a big problem when schools encourage their least effective...

Is Singapore the world’s education laboratory?

Andrew MacIntyre takes a look at how an ageing population and slow growth is driving dramatic education reform in Singapore – with fascinating results.  Governments in many countries are talking about reforming their education systems to better equip graduates seeking...

Growth mindset does not predict academic achievement, study finds

Academics believe that a fixed mindset may in fact be more conducive to educational success There is no evidence to support the theory that growth mindsets predict academic achievement, a new study has claimed. If anything, the research states, a fixed-intelligence...

Selective primary schools? What a terrible idea for children

Of all the accepted wisdoms that go unchallenged in the way we educate our children, selecting the best and brightest for an elite education is one of the most entrenched. It’s hard to argue against the idea that smart kids need special attention. Parents...

14 ways AI will impact the education sector

There have been a lot of digital “next big things” in education over the years — everything from the Apple IIe to online learning. The latest is artificial intelligence education tech (AI ed), and only time will tell what impact it ultimately has. But for something as...

India: Women’s education in rural areas holds the key to family

Shillong, July 24 Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson M Kharkongor today said women's education in rural areas holds the key to address the issue of increasing population. Kharkongor stressed the need to educate rural women on family...

Saudi education reform making real strides

On July 17, the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade Subcommittee held a hearing to assess the progress that Saudi Arabia is making toward revising its educational curriculum. The panel focused almost...

How to turn your child into a summerpreneur

The summer holidays have arrived with a spate of ominous storms and flash flooding. But if you can’t get down to the beach, or even into the garden, there are many fruitful ways you can goad your children into spending their time and making a pretty penny in the...

Mexico: Social Impact Incentives: A New Solution for Blended Finance

Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on entrepreneurship for the month of July. When Javier Lozano and...

Thailand passes baton in regional education leadership

Thailand on Tuesday completed its two-year term heading the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Council, passing the reins to Indonesia at the group’s 49th conference, being held in Jakarta. Thai Education Minister Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin...

India: 1,057 primary, upper primary schools with single teachers

CHANDIGARH: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has taken serious note of the situation where it found that as many as 788 primary schools (8.86%) and 269 upper primary schools (4.79%) in Haryana were running with single teachers in the academic year 2015-16....

NO EDUCATION FOR KIDS: NIGERIA LEADS THE WORLD IN UNEDUCATED CHILDREN

Nigeria leads the world in uneducated children, according to the country’s government. Adamu Hussaini, Nigeria’s Education Ministry permanent secretary, said in a statement to BBC news on Tuesday that he was “sad to note” that some 10.5 million children living in the...

This is what can happen when you invest in every teacher

Sustainable Development Goal 4 is clear in its aspiration: we need to create a world where quality education is available for every child. This need is predicated on the assumption that to achieve this, all the persistent disparities that exist around gender,...

Thailand and Brunei share insights on education

Cooperation among Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) member countries is at an all-time high, including a new partnership between Thailand and Brunei in the area of education improvement. Thai Education Minister Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin is...

Liberia’s children deserve the best education

Over the last twenty years, the people of Africa’s first modern republic, Liberia, have been through two civil wars and a major virus epidemic. The wars caused the death and displacement of more than a million people. The Ebola epidemic only ended two years ago. Our...

US: Early Education Can Bring Back The Best Of Ourselves

It’s always a thrill for this former inner city teacher to attend early education conferences. Conversations with early educators bring back memories of the values that inspired me as a young student, and the priciples we in public education celebrated when I entered...

Nepal: A large number of children still deprived of education in Rolpa

ROLPA, JULY 24: Twelve years old Sanjita Ghotane who lives in Rolpa's headquarters Libang, nearby the District Education Office, is deprived of education. She studied till Grade five at Bal Mandir Primary School and later joined Bal Kalyan Secondary School for Grade...

UK: Inside the school for children excluded as young as five

Sharon Donaldson sighs as a boy thrashes at a door and screams. “Why are you so angry today?” “F*** you,” he shouts back. Sharon shrugs. She’s headteacher of Rosebery School, a short-stay school in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, for children who have been permanently excluded....

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