14 février 2016

What is the secret to being good at maths?

The ConversationBy  and . There is a common belief that Asians are naturally gifted at maths. Asian countries like Singapore and Japan lead the ranks in first and second position on maths performance in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) tables – an international survey that ranks education systems worldwide – while Australia sits around 12th. More...

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Equality in education – what does that mean?

The ConversationBy . Australia’s appalling record of equity in education has once again been confirmed in the latest Closing the Gap report. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the report’s dismal findings present an opportunity to “recommit to achieving equality of opportunity for all Australians”.
But first we must agree on what we mean by “equality”. More...

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Quality, free university education is necessary – and possible

The ConversationBy , , , and . There have been some disquieting contributions to the debate about South Africans' right to access quality public university education. Some suggest that it is unsustainable. Such people insist that fee payments are unavoidable. Making free, quality university education available to all would impose a greater burden on the economy, and will only benefit students who can already afford to pay, we are told. More...

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Zuma clearly hasn’t grasped the scale of the crisis facing universities

The ConversationBy  and . Many South Africans hoped that President Jacob Zuma would use his 2016 State of the Nation Address to discuss what’s become known as the #FeesMustFall movement. Since late 2015, university students have led a national call for a freeze on tuition fees and substantial changes to how universities are managed. More...

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Deepening inequality is the high price students will pay for free education

The ConversationBy . University students have scored some massive victories since “fees must fall” entered South Africa’s lexicon. They have secured more government funding for fees. More...

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Free university education is not the route to social justice

The ConversationBy . “Free education in our lifetime” is the campaign slogan many students have adopted in the recent protests across South Africa against university fee increases. More...

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Why music education needs to incorporate more diversity

The ConversationBy . As presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to insist upon banning Muslims from entering the U.S. and espousing a need for a wall along the Mexican border, heating up anti-immigration and racist rhetoric, it’s essential we consider this: one in four students under the age of eight in the U.S. has an immigrant parent. More...

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Many low-income students use only their phone to get online. What are they missing?

The ConversationBy . A recent report, “Opportunity for all? Technology and learning in low income families,” shows that one-quarter of those earning below the median income and one-third of those living below poverty level accessed the Internet only through their mobile devices. More...

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Shouldn’t there be a time limit on Mickey’s copyright?

The ConversationBy . In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 (CTEA). CTEA expanded on the Copyright Act of 1976 by retroactively extending all existing copyrights by 20 years. More...

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The murder of my friend Giulio Regeni is an attack on academic freedom

The ConversationBy . The body of Giulio Regeni was discovered in a ditch in Cairo on February 2, showing evidence of torture, and a slow and horrific death. Giulio was studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, and was carrying out research on the formation of independent trade unions in post-Mubarak Egypt. There is little doubt that his work would have been extremely important in his field, and he had a career ahead of him as an important scholar of the region. More...

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