Education:

Homeless kids helped design a new school built specifically to help them excel

After listening to homeless children speak about the ideal elements they would want in a school, a non-profit in Oklahoma City has built a school specifically for those kids. The idea of the school is to help homeless kids get back up to speed so they can enter the public school system while dually providing those children with the things they’re missing without a home of their own. The school, which is set to open in September, features a big kitchen, spaces to nap, a treehouse, and many other homely elements.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:02/01/2019

Chinese protesters come up with an innovative idea to protest against homophobia

In an act of protest against homophobia and homosexual “conversion therapies” in China, three men have come up with an innovative idea to raise awareness about the issue among the Chinese people. The protesters have sent bright red trucks with slogans denouncing the “treatment” clinics that claim to turn people straight.

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  • The Telegraph
  • Date:01/22/2019

The online company shaking up the future of higher education

Coursera, one of the biggest educational online platforms, is on the verge of offering full-degree courses to its users at a cost much lower than that of physical universities. The company’s CEO foresees the virtual learning environment to become the most effective way for working people to acquire new skills. With more than 3,000 classes already being offered by 150 international university partners, the company is already shaking up higher education.

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  • Forbes
  • Date:12/31/2018

How 'Buddy Benches' are making playtime less lonely

The school playground can be a lonely place for a child if they haven't got anyone to play with. But a special type of bench is helping pupils make friends and get people talking about bigger issues too.

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  • Date:12/06/2018

How to build a trauma-sensitive classroom where all learners feel safe

In the United States, 34 million children have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) -- ranging from abuse or neglect to parental incarceration or addiction. Children living in poverty are more likely to have multiple ACEs, compounding the effects of economic insecurity.

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  • Date:12/06/2018

‘School is very oppressive’: why home-schooling is on the rise

Every morning Ben Mumford starts his school day with maths. At the age of 10, he is already working at GCSE level, but he doesn’t always bother to get out of his pajamas in time for the class.

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  • Date:11/06/2018

The most courageous teacher: John Taylor Gatto passes away but his work lives on

The world’s most courageous teacher, John Taylor Gatto, has passed away. John lived a life-empowering young people to teach themselves. Named the New York State Teacher of the Year twice, John was a public school teacher for 30 years who then spent another 20 years as a world-renowned speaker giving over 1500 speeches in 9 countries.

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  • Date:11/02/2018

Constitutional right to home-school?

Whether states may ban home-schooling is a surprisingly complex question. The Supreme Court has famously held that states may not compel parents to send their children to public schools, but the cases on the subject Pierce v. Society of Sisters expressly secure only a right to send the kids to private schools.

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  • Date:10/26/2018

Teachers use meditation apps in class to rewire kids' brains, improve performance

Brooke Waterman shuts the lights off in her classroom and the students settle in. Some sit with their legs crisscrossed.

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  • Date:10/04/2018

Science funders are pressuring publishers to make research papers free to read

Universities spend millions every year on academic journal subscriptions for their students and faculty. And while these costs may be manageable for some, they are prohibitive for many less wealth scholars and institutions around the world. That’s why a group of European science funders is going after publishers and demanding them to make it free for the public to read published research papers by 2020. Here’s how the coalition of science funders is mounting pressure on publishers to make research papers free.

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  • Vox
  • Date:09/25/2018
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