Students want colonial symbols, such as this statue of Cecil John Rhodes, gone from their universities.
Calls for the decolonisation of countries, institutions, the mind and of knowledge are not new. In South Africa, these changes are crucial and long overdue. But they must be carefully thought through.
The Coalition made the decision to close the Office for Learning and Teaching.
Closing the Office of Learning and Teaching removes Australia's national commitment to innovation and improved performance in learning and teaching.
It’s no longer acceptable to upload chapters from a textbook onto a website and call it a course.
It’s no longer acceptable to upload video lectures to a website and call it a course. We need to start redesigning courses from scratch to find new ways to engage students.
Dance is about creating work in a collaborative way.
Liberal arts institutions teach students critical thinking skills. But rarely do they learn how to collaborate.
The atmosphere in classrooms in Finland is more relaxed.
October 5 is World Teachers' Day. How about paying some attention to how teachers experience their work? Do teachers in Finland have more autonomy when compared to those in the US?
To tackle extremism in schools the curriculum needs to be more diverse.
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We need to communicate better how schools and universities can understand the process leading to extremism, rather than just providing a checklist of behaviours.
Back-to-school time comes with rich, teachable moments.
The time of transitioning back to school is crucial for both parents and children. Here's what you can do.
A-levels won’t be the same again.
Reforms to stop students resitting exams are the first in a long line of changes.
Taking the curriculum “back to basics” will disadvantage kids who perhaps don’t have access to cultural and other knowledge at home.
We run a significant risk that the divide between the haves and have-nots will widen even further through the "back to basics" curriculum approach advocated by Education Minister Pyne.
For every student who knowingly steals other people’s words and ideas, there are 10 who are not trying to be dishonest.
For every student who intentionally steals others' work and passes it off as her own, there are ten who don't yet know how to build academic knowledge. They need our help, not condemnation.
Rather than rejecting all indigenous knowledge as witchcraft or as somehow inferior, we should explore the value in different knowledge systems.
There are valuable and authentic wisdom traditions in all cultures. How can indigenous knowledge be woven into the existing science curriculum?
A student protests against colonial-era statues at the University of Cape Town. Changing the curriculum structure is another way to decolonise South Africa’s universities.
It's not just the content of South Africa's university curricula that needs to be re-examined. The country's degree structure should be reconsidered, too.
If you think about it, producing graduates who can think critically is good for any society.
The ability to think critically benefits individuals and societies. Why, then, is it so rare for critical thinking to be taught in schools?
‘And was Jerusalem builded here…"
For all the harm that austerity may have done, it looks to have galvanised music from the margins
History is not just a few facts to be memorized.
History is not a 'thing' to be memorized, as some in the Oklahoma legislature might believe, but a living process, to be understood in all its complexity.
Pyne will ask the states to implement various aspects of the Curriculum Review, probably including the narrowing of content. This is easier said than done.
This week the ministers of education for the states and territories will consider recommendations from federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne to revise the Australian curriculum. These recommendations…
Testing times for future students.
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The teachers of tomorrow should be eager to prepare for “your future, their future”, according to the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s new teacher-training recruitment campaign. Sadly they…
Prepare children to think.
Our world is built on ideas. We have ideas about how science should be conducted, how a liberal society should defend itself, how discussion is better than conflict, how far toleration should be extended…
So the curriculum has been reviewed, but how does that get approved for implementation in classrooms?
The Review of the Australian Curriculum was released last month and the initial responses by the federal government and others soon followed. So what happens now for this review, an analysis of the national…
Common goals can become a common problem.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative (or Common Core) is a quintessentially American approach to addressing the relatively modest academic performance of many students. The Common Core seeks to raise…