A student listens to a U.S. history lesson in a New Mexico classroom.
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From the founding of the U.S., public schools were seen as a key way to develop an informed, active citizenry. Social studies educators struggle to achieve that goal today.
Textbook writers must record multiple perspectives to allow pupils to examine all sides and decide on ethical issues for themselves.
The US and the Soviet Union are both seen as responsible for the Cold War and presented as manipulating more vulnerable states.
Researchers argue that because all learning involves language, language and literacy should be taught explicitly across all school subjects. Language must be understood and learned in context.
Education must care for the multiple identities of students, not an elitist interest in some groups only.
Learning recovery requires both in-school and out-of-school programmes.
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Researchers estimate that COVID-19 disruptions in 2020 set back the education system by five years.
Preparing young people for their future requires teachers to be climate change educators, but the federal government has resisted its inclusion in the curriculum. It’s up to states to take the lead.
Learning how to discuss divisive issues and disagree with respect is good for democracy.
The controversy over critical race theory is an opportunity for Americans to examine how other democracies deal with diverse viewpoints in public schools, an education policy expert argues.
A survey of U.S. history teachers found they teach about 9/11 primarily on the date of the anniversary.
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The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is an opportunity for teachers to focus less on recreating the day and more on what students can learn from it, two curriculum experts argue.
History is better taught to young, impressionable minds from an early age.
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Nigeria should stop showing contempt for history as a subject, profession or topic of discussion.
An upside down maple leaf is tucked behind a plaque as people gather on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at a rally to honour the lives lost to residential schools and demand justice for Indigenous peoples, on Canada Day, July 1, 2021.
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Considering our relationships to stories about the past and looking at learning as a process of encounter can help Canadians to become better treaty partners.
Without urgent action, short-term learning losses could stunt the next generation of students for a lifetime.
While COVID-19 has held back learning, the pandemic presents a historic opportunity to revamp education systems.
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Calls to reinstate home economics as a solution to modern woes reduce the field to a set of practical skills, undermining its breadth and complexity.
Climate change literacy is key.
There are significant gaps in what teachers in Ghana know about ozone depletion and climate change, even though these subjects are in the science curriculum.
Project-based learning gets kids to explore natural phenomena and solve real-world problems.
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Students who took part in the program scored 8% higher on the state science test than students who received traditional instruction, and demonstrated greater social and emotional learning.
Pupils of Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Current learning systems do not allow all learners to realise their full potential.
The NSW curriculum review advocates for students to learn at their own pace. While this may work within a classroom, there is no research supporting the reform of a whole education system.
The NSW curriculum review recommends students be assigned tasks based on their ability, rather than their age. This approach recognises the progress individuals make over the course of a year.
A circus of political theatre shouldn’t determine what children learn at school.
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Canadians for the most part have been well served with dispassionate professional judgements about matters of public interest, except when it comes to what kids learn at school.
Schools are back, but NCEA level 1 media studies soon won’t be — at a time when media literacy is more vital than ever.
Health education curriculums need to specifically prepare healthcare professionals to respond to a pandemic when it comes to aspects like infection control, aged care and mental health.