Reimagining the Modern Classroom

We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to activists and parents—to look beyond laws, politics, and funding and imagine a utopian system of learning. They went back to the drawing board—and the chalkboard—to build an educational Garden of Eden. We’re publishing their answers to one question each day this week. Responses have
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Factors To Consider When Developing Autism Programming In Schools

In the past few years, school districts across the country have been experiencing an increase in referrals for special education services for students with autism spectrum disorders. As a result District personnel, i.e. assessment teams, general educators, special educators and specialized services providers, have been taxed beyond their limits in terms of resources and time.
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A History Lesson: When Math Was Taboo

That’s not from a disgruntled student. It’s from a textbook. The author, 16th century mathematician Robert Recorde, nestled the line just after his preface, table of contents and a biblical quote citing God’s command to measure and number all things. Recorde didn’t believe in math’s awfulness — quite the opposite. He was simply reflecting popular
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A blueprint that makes for a better employee

SmartBrief Education’s Path to Workforce content series brings you original content and events on the topic. Path to Workforce is our vision of college and career readiness, encompassing K-12, adult learners, career changers, non-traditional students and those who forgo a traditional four-year college experience. In today’s world, CEO’s stress that their corporations need highly qualified and
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Will STEM Education Be The Child Left Behind?

Leaders in business, education and politics love to talk up how important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is for America’s future. Innovations! Jobs! Progress! are all at stake, they often argue. Just last week, President Obama hosted scores of mostly young people for an evening of stargazing and fun space talk at the
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You Can’t Decolonise Colonial Systems

“Decolonisation” is the buzzword these days, and Angie Motshekga loves the buzz. She has already decided that Shakespeare will be removed from English Literature lists (1), undertaken to make Indigenous Languages a compulsory part of the curriculum (2), and has also set about making school History texts more “Afrocentric” (3). At the recent Basic Education
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Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

We live in a world of screens. And in this digital age — with so many devices and distraction — it’s one of the things parents worry about most: How much time should their kids spend staring at their phones and computers? What’s the right balance between privacy and self-discovery? Research continues to provide some
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What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren’t Getting)

Erika Christakis’ new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: That’s because, she writes, “the distinction between early education and
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Why It’s Never Too Late To Rescue Failing Students

Four guys walk into a diner. One, in a plaid shirt, sells golf equipment online. His name is Chris Regan. Two — Eric Schiffhauer and Jordan Wagner — are midway through their Ph.D.’s at Johns Hopkins University. And the other, Jebree Christian, is a recent high school graduate from West Baltimore. His arms are covered
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Introducing the International STEM Co-operation Project

With kind thanks to “Belt and Road Initiative” sponsorship, we are looking for Kindergartens / Nurseries / Pre-schools around the world to partner with. Due to time zone restrictions we are currently focused on partners located in the UK or Australia. Through Video cooperation activities, Competitions, language exchange and STEM focused lessons we are looking
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