Education:

‘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

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:10/18/2018

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

Teachers are stressed, and that should stress us all

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.

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  • Date:09/14/2018

International online teaching is giving teachers an extra source of income

Teaching is no longer something that’s only done within four classroom walls. Technology now gives teachers the chance to tutor students internationally, allowing them to earn extra money outside of their regular workday. Online teaching help solve two issues; the first is that it makes up for the lack of native-English speaking teachers in countries like China, and the second is that it helps underpaid teachers make enough money to make ends meet.

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  • Forbes
  • Date:09/05/2018

Don't homeschool your kids, unschool them

Many families leave traditional educational institutions because they value individual freedom and recognize the ways in which compulsory mass schooling can halt creativity and deter originality in the name of obedience and conformity. But too many wind up replicating the same systems at home.

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  • Date:09/05/2018

Behind the exodus from US state schools

The number of children taught at home in the US is steadily growing. What's behind parents' concerns with the education system? As the fierce national debate over controversial social justice issues spills into America's public schools, many parents are responding by pulling their children out.

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  • Date:08/21/2018
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