Monthly Archives: May 2021

5 factors that contribute to students finishing high school

5 factors that contribute to students finishing high school

This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted learning for more than 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries. With movement between bricks-and-mortar schools and online learning becoming the “new normal,” young people, families, educators and the public are seeking assurance that students are receiving the best education possible. They are also concerned about students disengaging from […] … learn more→

Popping toys, the latest fidget craze, might reduce stress for adults and children alike

Popping toys, the latest fidget craze, might reduce stress for adults and children alike

The newest fidget craze is popping toys. Adults and kids all over the world have been buying up this endlessly reusable version of a longtime favorite fidget activity: popping bubble wrap. Made of silicone and coming in a range of colors, shapes and sizes, they are half-sphere “bubbles” that can be pushed in, making a satisfying soft popping sound. […] … learn more→

Faith universities are an anachronism

Faith universities are an anachronism

It is a little noticed fact that 15 universities in the UK are managed and governed by churches. To all intents and purposes these are faith universities. They began in the 19th century as training colleges founded by the major churches to supply teachers for their schools. Over the subsequent decades, they developed other kinds […] … learn more→

Is your kid studying a second language at school? How much they learn will depend on where you live

Is your kid studying a second language at school? How much they learn will depend on where you live

People learn a second language for many reasons, including work, to better understand the world, an interest in the culture of the language itself, and love. Learning a language has many benefits. For children, it can improve literacy, maths and science skills. It can enhance social skills and empathy, and give them an appreciation of cultural […] … learn more→

Adventure grounds to redesign the place of children in the city

Adventure grounds to redesign the place of children in the city

Invented almost a century ago in Denmark, adventure fields are spaces for free activities for children, which allow them to reclaim public space. In recent years, creation projects around this concept have multiplied in France. How to analyze this renewed interest? Do these fields constitute fields of experimentation and education of a new kind? Their story begins in […] … learn more→

Kids with a desk and a quiet place to study do better in school, data shows

Kids with a desk and a quiet place to study do better in school, data shows

Ask what students need to learn at home, and the answer often involves access to Wi-Fi or a digital device. For example, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 sets aside US$7.1 billion to support access to high-speed internet for schools and libraries. What often gets overlooked is whether kids have a desk at home or a quiet place […] … learn more→

Is a great educational pact possible?

Is a great educational pact possible?

At a time characterized by polarization, the educational dialogue is held hostage by those who obtain revenue from the confrontation and prioritize disputed issues, ignoring the existing consensus. In this way, there is a fracture between society and education experts who do not occupy the place they should in the debate where the talk shows […] … learn more→

IQ tests: are humans getting smarter?

IQ tests: are humans getting smarter?

From the algorithms that make our social media accounts function to the sleep-tracking technology in our smartwatches, the world has never seemed so technologically advanced and developed. Which is why it would be easy to assume that with each generation, humans are getting smarter. But is this the case? It’s a question many scientists have pondered, […] … learn more→

Metrics would ruin the REF

Metrics would ruin the REF

At the end of every research excellence framework (REF) cycle, the question is asked whether a more metrics-driven system could simplify and improve what is undeniably a complex, time-intensive exercise. This time around is no exception; since submissions closed at the end of March, there has been a flurry of articles addressing this question, and […] … learn more→