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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Rise of International Schools In China

Interestingly, the rich and educated of China have always been interested in giving their children access to the best education available. The interesting thing is that not only do they generally want their children to have a good educational foundation, but that they want them to have a good international educational foundation. It’s not really
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How Activity Trackers Can Be Used By Medical Professionals

Fitness trackers, activity trackers, the FitBit, the Apple Watch…whatever your preferred device is or preferred name for it is, they are very common nowadays. People like to try and be fit/more active and these devices help to monitor what they achieve. Normally people focus on metrics such as steps taken, calories burned and distance. However,
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4 Eco School Designs

In the past, eco-friendly schools may have seemed like something of a fanciful pipe dream. However, over last decade though, as eco-friendly materials, building techniques and technology has developed and improved, there has been an significant increase in the awareness of better, greener ways to design school buildings. Schools, like many other institutions are try
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