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Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Textbooks in the digital world

Textbooks were once a major piece of educational infrastructure. But as digital content expands, a new kind of 'textbook' is improving the quality of K-12 instruction.
Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2012 Academy Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Is Spielberg’s historical drama a good way to learn about the 16th U.S. president? Touchstone Pictures

Are movies a good way to learn history?

History movies may have Oscar potential, but their educational potential is more complicated. Should teachers use Hollywood to teach?
Does Japan’s moral education system leave any room for students to appreciate diversity and think critically? Ajari/flickr

From bakery to wagashiya: a textbook case of ‘moral education’ in Japan

The changes required of a textbook that referred to a bakery – an “inappropriate” form of Japanese culture – illustrate how the system falls short of its goals of deliberative and critical education.
Students don’t always know if they are making any progress in their learning. from www.shutterstock.com

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
A parent surveys the scene of Kenya’s worst school fire, in which 63 students died in 2001. Recent arson attacks have been aimed at disruption. Reuters

Fighting fire with fire is unlikely to stem Kenya student unrest

A shocking wave of school fires set by students across Kenya has elicited a range of counter-measures, none of which appears to get to the root of the problem.
What struggles do black families face over the summer? Mother child image via www.shutterstock.com

What summertime means for black children

Summer is not an idyllic time for all. Two researchers who are black and are parents to two black children describe why they feel the weight of the summer.
Should states test homeschoolers? Chiot's Run

Who should monitor homeschooling?

Homeschooling regulations vary from state to state. And loopholes in these regulations could excuse parents from actually reporting the results.
Are we creating a generation of digitally illiterate students? www.shutterstock.com

ICT is failing in schools – here’s why

Just 55% of year 6 students and 52% of year 10 students are meeting the expected grades for ICT. What's going wrong?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allowed access to special education for people with disabilities. Tim Kwee

My disabilities do not define me. I am Jim

On July 26, America celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law and its predecessors changed the lives of those with disabilities. This is Jim's story.
Who’s afraid of a little economic history? johnwilliamsphd/Flickr

Economics hijackers could do with a history lesson

Behind every economic policy initiative lies a narrative justifying that course of action: immigration increases unemployment; public debt is unsustainable; manufacturing is interminably declining; city…
What if want a chance to get an A*? David Davies/PA Archive

Tiered GCSE papers that cap ambition should be abolished

Children’s access to high grades at GCSE is determined by our examination system, which assigns grade limits in some subjects. Known as tiering, this means that some 16-year-olds sit a foundation GCSE…

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