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  • Disability-inclusive education
  • Beyond Zoom U
  • Vocal parents in Scotland
  • Tribal schools hit
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Inside Higher Ed

Faculty concerns about the fall are mounting

Professors across institutions are increasingly waving red flags about the private and public health implications of default face-to-face instruction come fall, along with a lack of shared decision making in staffing and teaching decisions.

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WION

Online classes offer a mixed bag, blended-learning is way ahead for schools: Educationists

Schoolgoing kids across India’s major cities and towns have been under lockdown for nearly 100 days, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the rising cases in India’s large cities, uncertainty prevails over the re-opening of schools. During this period, some children have been privileged to continue their formal education virtually but many others have not been as fortunate.

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Inter-Press Service News

It is a Challenge to Provide Disability-Inclusive Education. But it is Worth it

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa get bad press for their progress in providing inclusive education. Just two in three children complete primary school on time, while the number of out-of-school children and youth is 97 million and growing. Less is said, however, about the range of tools many countries in the region are deploying to include some of those furthest behind in mainstream schools: students with disabilities.

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Editor’s Note:

Disability inclusion is an important yet often neglected part of the education industry. Here Manos Antoninis identifies the key hurdles that are preventing our schools from being inclusive, while also highlighting that it is worth it to overcome these challenges.

Hechinger Report

Coronavirus has ravaged education in tribal schools

Samantha Honani’s son hasn’t completed a school assignment in months. After his high school on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona shut down in March, he finished about three weeks of distance learning via his family’s computer. Then, in April, he stopped hearing from his teachers. Caught up in the tumult of Covid-19 and the struggles of sharing one computer with subpar internet, academics faded to an afterthought, Honani said.

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Forbes

Beyond Zoom U: The Online Learning Experience Students Want

The adoption of online education had been slow and steady—until the pandemic hit this spring. Millions of students emptied out of physical campuses and thousands of schools worked night and day to enable online course delivery within days or weeks. But now institutions face an even tougher challenge: to deliver a product that meets student expectations and takes full advantage of what technology has to offer.

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Euronews

COVID-19: Parents help change Scotland’s course over schools reopening

“We are very afraid for our children,” says Jo Bisset. She is not alone. Like her, many parents across Scotland are experiencing similar anxieties about how the coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted their children’s learning.

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Inside Higher Ed

Wealthier colleges can offer more protection from COVID-19 than cash-strapped peers

When classes resume at Purdue University’s campus in late August, many professors will wear masks and give lectures to students from behind part of the mile of Plexiglas the institution has bought. And on the other side, the students will be wearing masks.

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Editor’s Note:

The ongoing pandemic has in many circumstances shown the difference between the haves and the have-nots. The world of education is not an exception to this, Kery Murakami writes.

Brookings Institution

Five emerging insights on scale and systems change in education

As we face a global health pandemic, a severe economic downturn, and a growing movement in response to systemic racism, innovative education initiatives that address these and other complex, structural challenges are being tested in every corner of the world. The key question remains, however, how these efforts can be effectively, equitably, and sustainably scaled.

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The Conversation

COVID-19 brings students back to Himalayan villages with public health messages

In Nepal’s second-largest city, Pokhara, when students’ classes were cancelled due to COVID-19 in March, medical student Gyalsten Gurung, 25, left the city. He returned to Shimen, the remote village where he was born in the Himalaya’s Upper Dolpo region.

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Policy Forum

What does Australia look like without international students?

Discussion of education during the pandemic has focused almost solely on losses of funding at universities, but the economic and social role of international students outside universities has been relatively ignored, Angela Lehmann writes.

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Editor’s Note:

International students bring a significant amount of funding to Australian universities. However, the COVID crisis has meant that the country has had to ban these students, albeit temporarily. Angela Lehmann analyzes the potential impact of this and wonders whether Australia can cope.