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The programs are long and intense, the creativity and relationships aspect of the vocation has been eroded, there is pervasive negativity in the media, and comparatively poor salary and working conditions. Shutterstock

Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers

There's been a drop in the number of people enrolling in teacher preparation courses. This is due to problems such as pay, professional autonomy, and a national obsession with standardised testing.
Children at a Koranic school in Mombasa, Kenya. Michał Huniewicz/Flickr

Arab-Islamic education in Sub-Saharan Africa: going beyond clichés to build the future

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab-Islamic education is neither a limited nor recent phenomena. While poorly understood, it remains a fundamental part of the educational development of the region.
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The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland at 20 – The Anthill podcast

To mark the 20th anniversary of the agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland, this episode of the podcast looks at its history, its legacy and the impact of Brexit on its future.
Suspension refers to when a student is sent home from school waiting for a decision about how to respond to a serious incident. Shutterstock

Why suspending or expelling students often does more harm than good

Research shows punishments like suspension and expulsion further disadvantage already vulnerable stdents and could result in long term criminal and anti-social behaviour.
Tight security measures in schools erode cultures of trust, researchers contend. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Culture of trust is key for school safety

Researchers spent 16 years at a high school and observed security tighten and then loosen up again. What they found is that tighter security had the opposite of the intended effect.
A still from the documentary film ‘Like a Wolf’ about a young kid from an unprivileged background trying to make it in higher education. Comme un Loup

Social determinism starts at school

To what degree do pupils belong to or in a school?
Students take part in protests in support of the university pensions strikes. PA

Why workers go on strike

A strike around a specific employment issue can easily develop a momentum of its own and become a catalyst for a much wider expression of dissatisfaction.
State curricula articulate principles of respect and ethics in relationships, but some don’t use the word ‘consent’. from shutterstock.com

How #MeToo can guide sex education in schools

The #MeToo movement has sparked discussions about appropriate sexual behaviour that teachers can build on in sexual education.

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