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Education #8

  • Kenyan universities struggle
  • Back to school anxiety
  • Outdoor classrooms?
  • Solidarity in learning
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Inside Higher Ed

As higher ed responds to COVID, it should focus on three areas to ensure quality and equity (opinion)

The global health crisis is about to claim some unlikely victims, who have actually been ill for a long time. I refer, of course, to vulnerable members of our American system of colleges and universities, some of whom face the terrible choice of putting students, administrators and faculty members at risk or experiencing certain economic calamity.

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Daily Nation (Kenya)

Private Varsities Rocked By Severe Funding Crisis

When in 2016, the government mooted a plan to sponsor students to study in private universities, the objective was novel. It was part of a strategic plan to decongest public universities and give more qualified candidates a chance to pursue higher education.

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The Globe and Mail

As back-to-school anxiety mounts, Canadian parents turn to private pods – and critics warn of class divisions

As back-to-school anxiety mounts, Canadian parents turn to private pods – and critics warn of class divisions.

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Indian Express

Greatest challenge for successful rollout of new education policy is teacher training

Greatest challenge for successful rollout of new education policy is teacher training.

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Are Outdoor Classrooms a Solution to the Disaster of School Reopenings?

With some districts already in the trenches of the back-to-school season — opening only to quickly close again to contain outbursts of COVID-19 — education officials across the United States continue to offer three major options for the fall semester: in-person instruction in brick-and-mortar classrooms, remote learning, and a hybrid model. But these plans leave educators, parents and students alike stuck between a semester that is unsafe or one that results in unequal access to instruction.

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Associated Press

Quarantine requirements may delay return to in-person school

Shannon Silver had planned to take her family on a trip from her home in Connecticut to visit relatives in Ohio just before the start of the school year for her two children.

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The Star (Malaysia)

Solidarity in learning

Education and continued learning were a critical focus during the height of the movement control order (MCO). While attention has been given to unemployment, business continuity and the role of technology throughout the pandemic, the function and features of education, both presently and for the future, has called on more than just academics to review education’s long-term goals.

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School attendance during a pandemic

During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, Greece eased its high school attendance policy despite few cases being reported among children of high school age. This column examines the relationship between the relaxed attendance policy and absences, academic performance, and neighbourhood income. Students of higher prior performance took more absences, while students of lower prior performance kept going to school. Prior performance is positively associated with neighbourhood income, suggesting that students in poorer neighbourhoods may be less likely to follow school distancing guidelines during a pandemic. The relaxed attendance policy is associated with decreased performance for students that take more absences.

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The Verge

Online classes don’t have to be boring

Years before the pandemic, planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton was thinking about the best way to change the world. In conversations with her husband and son, she kept coming back to one thing: education. More specifically, teaching people skills that will help them continue to learn even after school and help make a difference in their own communities. “Every person has their own miraculous ability to find and solve problems,” Elkins-Tanton says.

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Lawsuits Over Tuition Refunds Inspire New Student Consumer ‘Bill of Rights’

Many consumer protection laws make sure that if people don’t receive what they paid for, they get their money back. Should that apply to higher education?

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