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Education #6

  • Preventing a disaster

  • Foreign scientists in US

  • Privatized “Microschools”

  • Resuming student loans
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Project Syndicate

Opinion: Preventing a Global Education Disaster

“The beautiful thing about learning,” the great blues guitarist B.B. King once wrote, “is that no one can take it away from you.” Born and raised in poverty, King understood the value of education as a force for change. If only political leaders responding to the Covid-19 pandemic had an ounce of his insight.

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Telangana Today

A new dawn for education

It can be stated with a lot of confidence, hope, expectation and even pride that few documents are as comprehensive and inclusive, idealistic and pragmatic, broad-based and focused — such binaries are endless — as the National Education Policy 2020. Its title shows a determination to achieve consistency; its contents show its categorical assertion of flexibility and feasibility. The document addresses, systematically, every aspect of India’s education system to consolidate its strengths, and conquer its weaknesses.

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New Frame

Students Want Financial Aid Scheme Rule to Change

Some students are funded for two extra years when they do not complete studies within specified periods. Many say this is a blanket treatment of their struggles and must be reviewed.

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COVID-19 “Microschools” Are Betsy DeVos’s Latest Privatization Scheme

Working parents grappling with the difficult choices before them this school semester — keeping their children home to learn remotely, or risking COVID-19 transmission by sending them to class — are increasingly turning to a new trend being hailed as a “solution” to the pandemic: privatized “microschools.”

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Washington Examiner

America, please don’t kick out the foreign scientists you’re training

Foreign-born scientists such as myself have long been a key component of the U.S. research workforce. The work that scientists do greatly benefits the United States and the world. A significant share of the biomedical science talent in the pipeline at most American research universities are foreign-born. The ability of U.S. institutions to attract top talent from all over the world has been pivotal in maintaining the nation’s innovation, productivity, and dominance in science and technology.

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Student activists want change — and they’re starting in the classroom

Throughout her three years at Westminster High School in Southern California, Liana Le recalled reading only a handful of books that featured nonwhite perspectives. But even when those books featured people of color — in the case of To Kill a Mockingbird, for example — the 16-year-old realized that the book was often written by a white author who failed to portray Black characters with depth, agency, and thoughtfulness.

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The Case For Resuming Student Loan Payments

As Congress debates another round of economic stimulus, one issue on the table is whether to extend the emergency relief passed in March for 43 million federal student loan borrowers. Currently, borrowers are excused from making payments until September 30, and interest does not accrue on their federal loans during that time. This extraordinary suspension of student loan obligations was merited back in March, when the economy was in free fall. But now it’s time to let scheduled student loan payments resume, and to find a more permanent solution for borrowers who are still struggling.

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Stuff NZ

NZ international student sector: More focus on quality education than work rights – Cabinet papers

A Cabinet paper shows the government wants to use the pandemic to transform the $5 billion international student sector.

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Education Week

What Educators Really Need to Know About TikTok

Is TikTok really mining mountains of data from children, giving the information to the Chinese government, engaging in political censorship, and leaving its users vulnerable to hacking?

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New York Times

Worried Your Kid Is Falling Behind? You’re Not Alone.

As kids start school with more online learning, parents wonder whether they’ll ever catch up. Here’s how to set them up for success.

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