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In the near future, the ability to code will be as essential as knowing how to read, write and count. Shutterstock

Coding in South African schools: what needs to happen to make it work

South Africa's introducing coding as a school subject but until teacher education, IT infrastructure and internet connectivity issues, among others are addressed, the country has a long way to go.
A man adds his comments to a spontaneous memorial of flowers and sidewalk writing that has appeared a block from the Tree of Life Synagogue on Monday, Oct. 29. A gunman shot a killed 11 people while they worshipped at the synagogue the Saturday before. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

Educators must challenge the politics of evil

To grasp how extraordinary evils are often committed by ordinary people, we need to consider how we define evil, and most importantly, whom we consider to be the agents of evil.
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.

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