Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2012 Academy Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Is Spielberg’s historical drama a good way to learn about the 16th U.S. president?
History movies may have Oscar potential, but their educational potential is more complicated. Should teachers use Hollywood to teach?
Does Japan’s moral education system leave any room for students to appreciate diversity and think critically?
The changes required of a textbook that referred to a bakery – an “inappropriate” form of Japanese culture – illustrate how the system falls short of its goals of deliberative and critical education.
William Shakespeare is a sometimes controversial figure in South Africa’s school system.
Most other African countries have a less fractious or problematic relationship to Shakespeare than South Africa does.
Students don’t always know if they are making any progress in their learning.
Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
Constant reforms in maths education aren’t helping Australia to improve its performance.
Policy continuity is what is needed to improve Australian students' maths capability.
Young people’s negative attitudes towards maths are increasing.
The questions young people tend to ask about maths often relate to their personal experience of how they found maths in school.
Children taking part in a philosophical discussion at Buranda State School in Brisbane.
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
A parent surveys the scene of Kenya’s worst school fire, in which 63 students died in 2001. Recent arson attacks have been aimed at disruption.
A shocking wave of school fires set by students across Kenya has elicited a range of counter-measures, none of which appears to get to the root of the problem.
Are schools the best place to teach life skills?
Thanks to life-skills training, girls who previously believed it improbable that they would go on to secondary school are now allowing themselves to dream about possibilities.
What struggles do black families face over the summer?
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Summer is not an idyllic time for all. Two researchers who are black and are parents to two black children describe why they feel the weight of the summer.
Is art being sidelined?
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Art has been sidelined and is in danger of only becoming a subject for the privileged.
Should states test homeschoolers?
Homeschooling regulations vary from state to state. And loopholes in these regulations could excuse parents from actually reporting the results.
Are we creating a generation of digitally illiterate students?
Just 55% of year 6 students and 52% of year 10 students are meeting the expected grades for ICT. What's going wrong?
How should you deal with a summer baby?
Britain is trying to reduce the disadvantages which burden kids born in July and August. But why does it matter so much?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allowed access to special education for people with disabilities.
On July 26, America celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law and its predecessors changed the lives of those with disabilities. This is Jim's story.
Concerns have been raised over the fairness of a new English GCSE.
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Concerns that people with dyslexia won't be able to memorise poetry are missing the point.
Who’s afraid of a little economic history?
Behind every economic policy initiative lies a narrative justifying that course of action: immigration increases unemployment; public debt is unsustainable; manufacturing is interminably declining; city…
The eloquent way to get ahead in life.
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A recent report confirms that the alumni of British “public schools” still control politics and many top professions. One reason those people are so successful in public life is, of course, that their…
What if want a chance to get an A*?
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Children’s access to high grades at GCSE is determined by our examination system, which assigns grade limits in some subjects. Known as tiering, this means that some 16-year-olds sit a foundation GCSE…
Now, write an essay on the Pre-Raphaelites.
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As part of the recent announcement that A Levels and GCSEs in arts subjects in England are to be made more “rigorous and demanding”, the secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, said he was “passionate…