At each new school year, this is a question that arises for the parents of twins and their teachers: should the twins be left in the same class or is it better to separate them? On the basis of the so-called de-twinning theory, some schools impose an almost systematic separation of twins , with the aim of making […] … learn more→
Monthly Archives: August 2022
Should twins be separated at school?
Facing the risk of networks: ten ‘lifelines’ for digital orphans
Learning to navigate the digital environment and to socialize in it has been an intuitive process for the younger generations, digital natives. But they have done it, in most cases, without adults to accompany them in the process, so they can be considered “digital orphans” . For example: 53% of young Spanish people are unable to distinguish between facts […] … learn more→
Microcredentials and mentoring: How universities can boost student employability
The looming recession climate is causing concerns over skyrocketing student debt. On top of a deeply unaffordable housing market, these factors call for universities to be more relevant in terms of preparing students for employability. This is a break with the traditional mission of the universities. Economist George Fallis, professor emeritus at York University, notes that traditionally, […] … learn more→
How to help a drug addict that doesn’t want help
Learn About Addiction In order to help someone with an addiction, you need to be able to effectively communicate with them and to do that, it’s imperative that you have a good grasp of their situation. Educating yourself about addiction is essential if you wish to help someone stop their addiction, and you can start […] … learn more→
Students perceive themselves as a ‘math person’ or a ‘reading person’ early on – and this can impact the choices they make throughout their lives
As kids progress through school, they tend to increasingly perceive themselves as either a “math person” or a “language person,” even if they’re good at both, according to a recent study I led. My colleagues and I were interested in why people pursue specific educational and career trajectories – like choosing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics major vs. […] … learn more→
Why do we sometimes mistake robots for humans?
Look at these two pictures. Which robot do you think is the smartest? The most sociable? The warmest? The most aware of his surroundings? In the majority of cases, people choose the second robot. However, in both cases, we are evaluating a set of electronic and mechanical components. So why do we distinguish between these two robots? Because under certain conditions […] … learn more→
How to help students with post-holiday syndrome
The holidays are coming to an end and the students are preparing for a new course. The joy of meeting their classmates again, and the enthusiasm to meet their new teacher or the desire to wear the new backpack or the pencil case that we just bought, sometimes certain nerves join. For many students, going back […] … learn more→
The simple reason a viral math equation stumped the internet
For about a decade now, mathematicians and mathematics educators have been weighing in on a particular debate rooted in school mathematics that shows no signs of abating. The debate, covered by Slate, Popular Mechanics, The New York Times and many other outlets, is focused on an equation that went so “viral” that it, eventually, was lumped with other phenomena that […] … learn more→
School budget: an unprecedented increase?
Will the school benefit from an unprecedented increase in resources? This is at least what Gabriel Attal , the Budget Minister, declared in an interview published in the daily Les Echos on August 8, describing the increase of “3.6 billion euros” as historic: “The The commitment of the President of the Republic to continue the upgrading will be kept and […] … learn more→
Australia has a new online-only private school: what are the options if the mainstream system doesn’t suit your child?
As of next year, a Melbourne private school will open to online-only enrolments for years five to 12. It will cost A$18,000 per year in fees, and parents will have to supervise their child the whole time they are “at school”. It is billed as giving families flexibility and providing opportunities for those who live far away […] … learn more→