An algorithm is just following rules designed either directly or indirectly by a human.
Algorithms are only human (well, designed by humans) but we need to trust they’ll do what they’re supposed to do. And that means we need a better way to test them.
Some countries seem to provide more equitable opportunities in schools and society in general. Others have work to do if they want to advance the adage that hard work and education afford success regardless of one’s existing social status.
Conventional wisdom across much of the Western world says there’s a strong link between education and upward social mobility. Really?
The ACTU has launched a campaign to create a living wage.
The ACTU has proposed Australia adopt a “living wage”. This might improve the incomes of some people, but it wouldn’t solve “working poverty”.
A woman in Seoul, South Korea, talks over her phone as computer screens show the Korea Stock Exchange collapsing during the financial crisis of 2008.
The craze for measurement has become a hallmark of local and national public policy. Exploring the limits of quantification allows us to understand the advantages of developing alternative indicators.
Assessment should be a part of teaching and learning at universities. It’s important because it will subvert exclusion and allow all students to take responsibility for their work.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants?
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South Africa’s matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren’t ready for university. It’s also worth asking: are universities ready for them?