Category: School & Teaching

Very Few Men Work in the Early Education Sector in New Zealand

- New Zealands’s early childhood education system is one of the most sexist in the world – with male teachers comprising just 2% – and the government is in no rush to fix this disparity. – According to Dr. Farquhar, head of the nationwide network for early childhood education Childforum, …
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Early Proficiency in Math and Language Arts Is Crucial

- Canada is no longer in the global top 10 of math scores. Anne Hopkinson, a former elementary school teacher, says that the Canadian approach to math education makes no sense – the primary curriculum being too extensive and not focusing enough on the fundamental skills. Do really young children need …
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STEM Early Education: How to Prepare the Scientists and Engineers of Tomorrow

- In February, around 500 educators participated at the Early Childhood STEM Conference in Costa Mesa to discuss about the best ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to preschoolers. Learning through play was of course at the center of the discussion, but this was not the only topic. – “We …
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Which Skills Do Young People Need for the World of Work?

- According to the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, young people do not learn well enough the right skills – such as a positive attitude and the ability to interact with others – to successfully enter the world of work. Business says that radical changes are needed to improve this situation. – …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Why Schools Should Forget Health and Safety Regulations During Playtime

- As part of a successful university experiment, at Swanson primary school in Auckland, children are free to climb trees, ride skateboards and playing bullrush without any rules during playtime. A permissive education method that seem to have many benefits; in particular a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism. – …
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Can Latinos Improve their Children’s Education?

- Of course Latinos can improve their children’s education. According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, Latinos made the largest jump in this domain in the course of the 27-year study. While only 56.2 percent of Latinos completed high school in 1972, this number reached 76.8 percent …
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There Is a Strong Correlation Between Numeracy Skills and Income Levels

- According to the Conference Board of Canada, in 2012 the country ranked only 13th among 16 countries in matters of productivity levels and competitiveness. Results in math proficiency are particularly worrying. In the recent international student assessment test PISA, only 4 percent of 15-years-old Canadians were able to answer some …
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“The New Fuzzy Math Curriculum”: The Results of the “Discovery Learning” Method Are Very Disturbing

In the Alberta province of Canada, teachers, tutors and professors are complaining that the “discovery” method – that some people call the “new fuzzy math curriculum” – adopted by the government, is stealing the confidence and dreams of the students. A group of teachers and professors are calling for a …
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Should Children Learn Computer Science at School?

- Recently, President Obama, Shakira, Ashton Kutcher, Dwight Howard and other celebrities were enrolled by code.org, a nonprofit group, to promote a computer programming class. The purpose of this operation is to teach computer literacy to high school students in the United States and prepare them for highly in-demand jobs. – It seems …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Students Need Practice, Not Talent, to Become Good at Math

- According to a team of researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, this is “practice” that makes students better at math rather than natural, innate, inherited or inborn “talent”. – The principle that the more we practice, the better we became is valid for any …
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