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Our educational systems should be doing more to ensure STEM classrooms are places where relevant inquiry pertaining to real-life issues thrives. (Flickr/Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action)

STEM learning should engage students’ minds, hands and hearts

Teachers could better support young people's scientific inquiry into urgent planetary and social issues if school testing valued practical science.
Australia’s move to increase fees for some university humanities courses reflects global trends towards market-friendly education that overlook what’s needed for human flourishing. Here, the University of Sydney. (Eriksson Luo/Unsplash)

Stop telling students to study STEM instead of humanities for the post-coronavirus world

Today's urgent inequality and environmental crises mean that more, not fewer, students should be studying history.
Protesters join a demonstration organized by teachers’ unions outside the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto, as four unions hold a province-wide education strike on Feb. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada’s high schools are underfunded and turning to international tuition to help

After years of neoliberal policies eroding the tax base to pay for high schools, mandatory online learning curriculum from classrooms could be the next international money-maker.
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?
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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