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Economic hardships, lack of transportation and family crises can keep kids out of school. Fertnig/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Why student absences aren’t the real problem in America’s ‘attendance crisis’

The problem with chronic absenteeism isn’t so much that kids are missing instruction time; it’s that unexcused absences may indicate crises at home, new research suggests.
Teachers are inadequately trained to adapt curricula and teaching methods to include pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities. shutterstock

What South Africa needs to do to improve education for disabled children

South Africa’s inclusive education policy currently under review must address the hindrances preventing children with disabilities from effectively access education in mainstream schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during the daily briefing on COVID-19 on March 27, 2020, in Washington, D.C. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Through her divisive rhetoric, Education Secretary DeVos leaves a troubled legacy of her own

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has resigned. Five experts comment on the impact she had on education.
It’s likely that most universities will be conducting classes online in the fall. That doesn’t mean learning will suffer. (Shutterstock)

The 7 elements of a good online course

Research shows few differences in academic outcomes between online and face-to-face university courses. A professor who’s been teaching online for years offers advice on good online courses.

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