Monthly Archives: January 2019

Lift teacher status to improve student performance

Lift teacher status to improve student performance

Australia needs to lift the status of teachers to attract the best and brightest to teaching. The world’s top-performing school systems make it a national priority to attract the strongest candidates. Improving teacher selection improves student results. Australia’s brightest students are increasingly rejecting teaching. The greatest falls were in the 1980s. But entry standards have slipped further […] … learn more→

An inside look at faculty job interviews

An inside look at faculty job interviews

I’ve had a few jobs in “the real world,” though I admit my experience is very limited, dated, and restricted to entry level positions. That said, the “job interview” process mostly involved showing up, talking to the owner for a few minutes, and then it was usually a “go.” There are no “owners” in higher […] … learn more→

IBM launches commercial quantum computing – we’re not ready for what comes next

IBM launches commercial quantum computing – we’re not ready for what comes next

IBM recently unveiled what it claimed was the world’s first commercial quantum computer. While the announcement of the Q System One wasn’t scientifically groundbreaking, the fact that IBM sees this as a commercial product that organisations (if not individuals) will want to use is an important breakthrough. IBM has taken a prototype technology that has existed in […] … learn more→

University scientists feel the pain of the government shutdown, too

University scientists feel the pain of the government shutdown, too

I am very fortunate. My work involves research on topics of interest and importance (OK maybe I’m biased) related to the climate and oceanography of the North Pacific, and the weather of the Pacific Northwest. My primary office is at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, in Seattle, Washington, in […] … learn more→

Higher English entry standards for international students won’t necessarily translate to success

Higher English entry standards for international students won’t necessarily translate to success

For some time, lowering standards and inadequate English language proficiency have dominated discussions about international students in Australia. Studies show many international students struggle in their relationships, with their finances, feelings of isolation and belonging, all of which affect their educational experience. The suggestion that raising entry standards would ensure success and a higher quality of international graduates is not necessarily true. Achieving […] … learn more→

Too many children with autism are let down by schools and end up in prison

Too many children with autism are let down by schools and end up in prison

For many young people, school can be a difficult place. And for some, it can be just about impossible. Negative experiences in school can have harmful long-term effects on pupils with autism spectrum conditions. Official figures show that children, are increasingly being suspended or expelled from school because of “behavioural problems” – many of which […] … learn more→

Culturally responsive teaching in a globalized world

Culturally responsive teaching in a globalized world

Targeted teacher recruitment efforts are one strategy to improve racialized teacher diversity. Enrolment targets or quota admissions are others. Specialized programs for Indigenous peoples such as the teacher program focused on Aboriginal Education at Brock University or Maori Medium Teacher Education in New Zealand demonstrate efforts to grow the number of Indigenous peoples in teaching. But strategies such as as diversified recruiting, […] … learn more→

How to get an exciting education

How to get an exciting education

When I was 16 years old, in the public school where I was studying I was puzzled, the first day of class of the new course. The teacher, at the beginning of the course, told us that that year the subject was not going to be called Natural Sciences, but “learn to flirt”. We stood with […] … learn more→

Why create your personal brand?

Why create your personal brand?

Ah humans … we are both all different and all alike. We gauge, observe, we imitate. There is nothing better to see our similarities and differences than social networks. The new family album Facebook and Instagram have become, for some, the family album. We pose, we eat, we laugh … we give to see, we reveal, we share. […] … learn more→