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Education #11

  • Uncertainty in Boston
  • Exams in India
  • Learning amidst lockdown
  • Scaling playful learning
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The Rice Thresher

Bridging the gaps: Student activists aim to protect survivors in face of new Title IX policy

In early May, as a challenging spring semester came to an end, the Department of Education released the final version of a new Title IX policy, leaving school administrations across the country scrambling to adjust their own Title IX policies to reflect the federal policy before an Aug. 14 deadline amidst navigating a global pandemic. With these new rules came a slew of student advocacy at Rice as students pushed administrators to implement the new policy in a way that minimizes the harmful effects the updated federal guidelines have for survivors of sexual assault.

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The Boston Globe

Thousands of Boston’s neediest students remain in the dark about schools’ plans for fall

Many mornings in this long pandemic summer, the small boy with shoulder-length braids would eye his backpack hanging on the door of his Roslindale bedroom and tell his mom, “I want to go to school.”

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India Today

The cost of a lost opportunity

In India, entrance exams are a filtration system. The competitive examination system is designed to filter an otherwise unmanageable number of applicants for a limited number of seats in professional technical and medical education institutions. Given what hangs in the balance, the anxiety caused by the Covid pandemic, made worse by postponement of entrance exams, is understandable. Will students ‘miss’ a year? Will they be ineligible to appear for the exam next time? Will the competition be too fierce?

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Learning in lockdown: ‘The largest social experiment we’ve ever done’

Does hitting the pause button on education mean there might be space to observe other ways of learning, and to reconsider what we value about schools?

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The Post and Courier

Frustrated with virtual learning, SC parents turn to pods, ‘microschools’ amid pandemic

As South Carolina parents grapple over sending children back to class for in-person learning this fall, some hope to solve back-to-school worries via private tutoring, “pandemic pods” and microschools.

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The Hechinger Report

When schools reopen, we may not have enough teachers

Large numbers of teachers fear returning to the classroom, traditional solutions for filling vacancies are falling short and the pink slips on the horizon may lead to teacher shortages the likes of which we’ve never seen.

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The Catholic school system that takes from the poor to give to the rich

Retail worker Kate McMahon was a single mother when Ashton, now eight, was born. It hasn’t been easy finding the money to send him to the local Catholic school, but she says it’s worth the struggle.

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Asia Times

Hype distorts school language policy in Inner Mongolia

The media are once again ablaze with misinformation against China, this time on its supposed attempts to eradicate the Mongolian language from Inner Mongolia. A recent piece by Antonio Graceffo, an American economist and author based in Ulaanbaatar, in the Diplomat is an excellent introduction:

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Scaling playful learning: How cities can reimagine public spaces to support children and families

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of daily life, but presents an added burden on children and families. Closures of schools and child care facilities have had dramatic impacts on the lives of children and put a strain on caregivers to meet children’s developmental needs at home.

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Financial Express

How tech impacts teacher self-reflection?

By inculcating AI and other revolutionary tech innovations within the pedagogical system, the teacher can teach more and the student too can learn more in an engaging and enjoyable manner.

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