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A Reconciliation Pole is raised at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., in April 2017. The 17-metre red cedar pole tells the story of the time before, during and after the Indian residential school system. Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the pole by survivors, affected families, school children and others. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

If ‘indigenizing’ education feels this good, we aren’t doing it right

Calls to "indigenize" universities must start with listening - to Indigenous scholars and nations. And real reparation will be painful for settlers, for it will be unsettling.
Many girls in Dar es Salaam’s slums drop out of school because of the costs involved. ICT4D.at/Flickr

Jobs and paid-for schooling can keep Tanzanian girls from early marriages

Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
There are claims President Jacob Zuma may push through irresponsible proposals relating to higher education funding. Reuters

What the hijacking of South Africa’s Treasury means for the economy

The imposition of the fee free higher education proposal on South Africa's National Treasury without due consideration represents an escalation of the state capture led by President Jacob Zuma.
Research shows that when parents engage in simple science projects with their kids at home, it boosts their learning in school. (Shutterstock)

Science in the home boosts children’s academic success

From collecting bugs to using math apps, there are many ways parents can engage in STEM activities with their kids to support their learning.
To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences. Shutterstock

Support for standardised tests boils down to beliefs about who benefits from it

The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.
The proposed tax bill could make higher ed even less affordable. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

How the tax package would slam higher ed

Republican lawmakers say the proposed changes to the tax code would 'streamline' higher ed benefits. But this overhaul would squeeze many, if not most, students and schools.
Teachers need to use their professional understanding and practical reasoning to assess the value of the proposed strategies and when, how and why they should be incorporated into their teaching. Shutterstock

Simplistic advice for teachers on how to teach won’t work

It's not enough to base teaching and learning policy on big data analysis, evidence needs to be rich, persuasive and justifiable and provide practical support to develop teaching approaches.
U.S. President Donald Trump raises his glass in a toast at the start of a dinner in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary

U.S. President Donald Trump's "scourge of oppressive stupidity" has been in the Oval Office for a year. His assault on higher education is among Trump's more disturbing penchants.
In Africa, communication technologies have been used in education since the late 1960s. Ymagoo/Fondation Orange

How digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa

Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer new opportunities for improving basic education in Africa.
The second annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating is an attempt by universities around the world to raise awareness about students who hire others to do their work. (Shutterstock)

Universities unite against the academic black market

Across Canada and around the world, thousands of students are paying cash for good grades - in tests, essays and even PhD theses. On Oct. 18, 2017, universities globally are fighting back.
Readers should cast a more critical eye over information they use from the web, to make sure the knowledge built from it is trustworthy and accurate. Shutterstock

Three strategies to help students navigate dodgy online content

A report has discovered that while students born after 1980 have good digital skills, they need to think more critically about what they read online.

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