03 novembre 2018

How we can turn the tide for women in science

The ConversationFor the first time in 55 years, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics — Prof. Donna Strickland. This win has publicly highlighted that women are still under-represented in science, particularly in physics. More...

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If you’re thinking of doing blackface for Halloween, just don’t

The ConversationMany claim the offensive element of blackface dates back from a long time ago, and doesn’t have anything to do with today. They claim blackface costumes, especially at Halloween, are just innocent fun. More...

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7 ways to teach civil discourse to students

The ConversationIf young people are to engage in democracy and society, young people need to learn how to respectfully disagree. Yet, educators often find it challenging to lead discussions on contentious issues. More...

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Educators must challenge the politics of evil

The ConversationAfter Robert Bowers murdered 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, people are looking for explanations. Who would do such a thing? And why? The answers are almost as terrifying as the violence itself. “The most terrifying thing is just how normal he seems,” a neighbour of Bowers told the Associated Press. More...

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We all put too much emphasis on test scores

The ConversationWe live in testing times. We also live in a time of globalization, immigration and the internationalization of schools and universities around the world. Our current obsession with school accountability and student learning outcomes has resulted in the increased use and abuse of test scores — in particular language test scores. More...

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Educators must commit now to tackle grade inflation

The ConversationThousands of students received unsettling news this fall regarding the rigour of their high school grades. They learned that at least one university in Ontario — the University of Waterloo — assesses new engineering applicants partially on the basis of which high school they attended and not solely on their grades. More...

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Study hard and you might lower your chances of dementia

The ConversationEvery year hundreds of elderly students gather in Toronto for convocation, in-person and online, anxiously awaiting their diplomas. Some are in their nineties; some have dementia. More...

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Chemistry kits can help teachers ignite the spark of science

The ConversationWhen it comes to physical sciences, South Africa’s pupils lag far behind their peers in other countries. The World Economic Forum ranked South Africa at 128 of 137 countries in math and science education in its most recent competitiveness report. This puts it behind most of its neighbours in the Southern African Development Community. More...

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Community schools in Egypt: lessons on what works, and what doesn’t

The ConversationMany countries across the world have made promises of “education for all” – providing quality education to all children of school-going age.
One approach being used to meet the education for all goal is community-based education, or community schools. These alternative education models, initiated by governments and non-governmental organisations, provide primary education in communities that generally lack school infrastructure. More...

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How the humanities can equip students for the fourth industrial revolution

The ConversationThe term “fourth industrial revolution” is understood in various ways. Some people are excited about it. Others are cautious. Some assume it means that technology and robots will take over every human activity. And still others imagine that this “revolution” will lead only to joblessness and automation. More...

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