U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math

U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math

The math achievement of American high school students in 2015 fell for the second time in a row on a major international benchmark, pushing the United States down to the bottom half of 72 nations and regions around the world who participate in the international test, known as the Program for International Student Assessment or PISA.  Among […] … learn more→

No food, no water, no sleep: is Brazil torturing student protesters?

No food, no water, no sleep: is Brazil torturing student protesters?

Brazil’s public relations disaster has gone from bad to worse. In September, congress impeached president Dilma Rousseff for dubious reasons, in what some have called a “democratic coup d’etat”. Since then, street protests against the new government have been violently repressed. … learn more→

It’s time to rethink teacher training

It’s time to rethink teacher training

Over the past six years, we’ve had calls for teachers to be trained in everything from protecting girls from female genital mutilation to knowing how to recognise mental health issues in students. And the list of what teachers “should” or “could” be trained in is now very long. But while each call for training has […] … learn more→

USATestprep: By teachers, for teachers

USATestprep: By teachers, for teachers

When people think of edtech companies, they typically imagine these big behemoths that churn out faddish products for teachers and students. Their products are popular for a year or two, then they fade into the background as new products come to the forefront. Schools spend millions on these products and don’t get near that value […] … learn more→

Whose schools?! Our schools

Whose schools?! Our schools

Are you kidding me? University board chairs and college officials justify fat salaries while faculty and students are starving? This is not only unconscionable business practice, it’s intentional economic injustice that’s killing the American dream. Enough is enough: fight exploitation. Here’s a holiday story that is all too familiar for faculty and students: poverty. While […] … learn more→

Struggling with thesis production?

Struggling with thesis production?

Executive functioning sounds like a time-management seminar for CEOs, but it’s actually a term used by psychologists to describe the brain functions that regulate little things like task initiation, persistence, and completion. Executive functioning also oversees planning, working memory, and the ability to shift attention. In other words, most of the skills you need to […] … learn more→

Thank you, Donald Trump, for what you have taught universities

Thank you, Donald Trump, for what you have taught universities

There is palpable despair in most corners of higher education about the forthcoming Donald Trump presidency. Trump seems to frighten just about everyone who labours under the Jeffersonian ideal that an educated citizenry is vital to a flourishing democracy. It feels like we are all watching an approaching category-five storm and hunkering down to just […] … learn more→

Good academic writing – what’s your list?

Good academic writing – what’s your list?

I asked people in one of my Australian writing workshops to tell me what they thought was essential in good academic writing. The purpose of the activity was to generate criteria that participants could use to steer their own writing. The list was not meant to be an evaluative rubric, something that could be used […] … learn more→

There is still confusion about what constitutes sexual violence

There is still confusion about what constitutes sexual violence

A lack of confidence in being taken seriously and making complaints in open plan offices are just some of the barriers stopping students reporting sexual harassment on university campuses. Over the past year, I’ve led a team of students and academics asking why it’s so hard to talk about sexual violence and what might be […] … learn more→

How ‘neuroparenting’ is sapping the joy out of family life

How ‘neuroparenting’ is sapping the joy out of family life

The concept of “neuroparenting” is making great waves among parents at the moment, with claims that neuroscience and new knowledge about brain development can help us to know “once and for all” how children ought to be raised. The idea of neuroparenting is that mums and dads need to be trained to love and care […] … learn more→