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Phonics emphasizes the sounds letters and groups of letters make. Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

There’s more than one good way to teach kids how to read

Two literacy scholars share their concerns about growing pressure on educators to emphasize phonics to teach reading. In their view, critiques of other methods often rest on a false premise.
PISA results come out every three years, and there’s always a big hoo-ha about it. from shutterstock.com

The PISA world education test results are about to drop. Is Australia getting worse?

Every three years, the OECD releases its Programme for International Student Assessment results. Last time, Australia's education system was doing much worse than some other countries. Has it changed?
Children learn through exploring the world with their hands — and they develop important fine motor skills through this. (Shutterstock)

Writing and reading starts with children’s hands-on play

Unparalleled elegance and versatility in the design of the human hand, and the hand's connections with the brain, lie behind how humans learn to read and write.
Reading books with your child means children learn to connect reading with feelings of warmth and sharing. (Shutterstock)

Parents play a key role in fostering children’s love of reading

Early experiences sharing and developing positive connections, language and communication set the stage for home reading to start children on the path to literacy.
Older generations have sometimes been shocked that some younger people can’t read a handwritten note. (Shutterstock)

Why cursive handwriting needs to make a school comeback

Developing fluency in handwriting matters for literacy outcomes, and handwriting is an elegant testimony to the unique power of the human voice.
Dilapidating infrastructure and poorly trained teachers are just some of the problems plaguing Nigeria’s education system. RTI International/Ruth McDowall

Why Nigeria must get serious about primary school education

In addition to being poorly trained, Nigeria's school teachers are being outnumbered by a growing population.
Teachers don’t care about a child’s academic skills as much as they do about their behaviour. from shutterstock.com

Here’s what teachers look for when kids start school

Most parents know how important it is to read to their child, but not as many know the importance of helping them learn emotional skills. And it's the emotional skills teachers find most important.
Private tutoring services seem to be getting more prominent. from shutterstock.com

Parents say their children have tutors to fill gaps, not to charge ahead

Some parents did speak of tutoring as a way of securing entry into a specific school. But they were in the minority. Most spoke of using it to help fix academic problems, temporary and ongoing.
Focusing on narrow PISA measures may increase skill levels but cause students to miss out on the kinds of learning that generates higher-order thinking. (Shutterstock)

Problems with PISA: Why Canadians should be skeptical of the global test

There are many reasons to be skeptical about PISA rankings, and their use to compare student achievement or to identify best practices or solutions for educational problems.

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