Monthly Archives: September 2021

Rich kids and poor kids face different rules when it comes to bringing personal items to school

Rich kids and poor kids face different rules when it comes to bringing personal items to school

Poor preschoolers get fewer chances than wealthier children to bring their prized personal possessions to school. That’s what I found in my two-year comparative ethnographic study of two preschools in Madison, Wisconsin. One of the preschools primarily serves middle-class white children and the other primarily serves poor children of color. In the preschool that served mostly poor […] … learn more→

School year off to a rocky start? 4 ways parents can help kids get back on track

School year off to a rocky start? 4 ways parents can help kids get back on track

Sending a child to school in the morning is a daily ritual for millions of families worldwide. Unfortunately, the attendance process has become highly disrupted due to COVID-19. The fact that many kids have been away from a physical school building for a year or more presents a number of challenges for them and for their family members as […] … learn more→

Beyond Zoom, Teams and video lectures — what do university students really want from online learning?

Beyond Zoom, Teams and video lectures — what do university students really want from online learning?

As any university student, lecturer or tutor can attest, the pandemic has turned learning and teaching upside down. So it’s important we understand what happens for students when their learning shifts online with little to no warning. Since 2020, there’s been a growing body of important research into the impact of online learning for educators. […] … learn more→

Have a life-changing idea? Learn how to market it!

Have a life-changing idea? Learn how to market it!

Have you ever heard of seniors who invented something amazing? If you have a great idea, why not try and market it, no matter your age? Benjamin Franklin was nearly 80 years old when he invented bifocals, which allow so many people to see clearly, both near and far away. You may be sitting on […] … learn more→

Climate change is harming children’s mental health – and this is just the start

Climate change is harming children’s mental health – and this is just the start

With record-breaking heat waves, wildfires and floods, 2021 may be the year we finally wake up to climate change. According to the most recent assessment of the International Panel on Climate Change, the effects are now “widespread, rapid, and intensifying.” Many impacts are irreversible and changes to oceans, ice sheets and sea levels will persist for thousands of years. […] … learn more→

Why there will never be an ideal educational model (and why it is good that it should)

Why there will never be an ideal educational model (and why it is good that it should)

Educational models are required to transform through innovation. This must happen in two ways: to provide the person with the skills they need in the present – in this sense, they must be updated – and those they will need in the future – in this sense, they must be futurized -. Both requirements are incompatible with customs and educational inertia. […] … learn more→

Harvard’s decision to ditch fossil fuel investments reflects changing financial realities and its climate change stance

Harvard’s decision to ditch fossil fuel investments reflects changing financial realities and its climate change stance

Harvard University will keep phasing out all investments tied to oil, gas and coal, it announced on Sept. 9, 2021. When Larry Bacow, the school’s president, announced this plan, he cast it as a response to climate change – part of a broader trend that’s gaining steam among many large institutions with endowments. “We must act now as […] … learn more→

Does believing in merit help (or not) students succeed?

Does believing in merit help (or not) students succeed?

We no longer count the books, films, advertisements, putting forward the idea that with the will, it is always possible to achieve success, even if we start from little. It is true that to think that with the effort and the will, one can progress, represents a real source of motivation for the school tasks. However, the talent and […] … learn more→

Want to improve our education system? Stop seeking advice from far-off gurus and encourage expertise in schools

Want to improve our education system? Stop seeking advice from far-off gurus and encourage expertise in schools

Over the past two decades, Australian governments have committed exorbitant energy and resources to transform our nation’s schools. The driving force behind many reforms has been a narrative of panic and failure, often centred on the steady decline of Australian students on the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). When Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge announced yet another review of […] … learn more→