Demonstrating that schools are often at the whim and pleasure of politics, pre-kindergarten education in New York gains $210,000,000 as an injection of funding. On the losing end are charter schools, who are not favoured by new Mayor De Blasio. An equally large sum ($200-300m) is begin directed to increasing technology in school plus professional development for teachers, though where the money is begin cut from is not clearly outlined in Salt Lake City.
In the United Kingdom, schools "introduce tests at the start of the first year of schooling comes after a DfE consultation exercise last year, which first included suggestions of a brief baseline test. There will also be assessments for 11 year olds and will focus on abilities in very basic literacy, reasoning and cognition." The Guardian has more.
The US Department of Education releases what it calls a 'can't miss' resource and the Huffington Post describes why 'Video' is the newest, best and future way of admission to College. The latter article notes that 1/15 of applicants to Tufts used video essays in their submission.
In Kabul, the efforts to rebuild the educational infrastructure is hitting its stride. One school has over 6000 students receiving teaching in shifts throughout the day, and a particular emphasis on recruiting girls is proving fruitful. Read more via the World Bank forum.
A great post on edutopia describes the five best ways to gain student focus:
To our surprise, student sex-education videos were never rated? They are now. Parents are also required to receive a letter outlining the type of programme to be delivered - this is standard practice in New Zealand and Australia. "From February, the government will scrap a regulation which exempts sex education videos from age classification. The BBFC will also produce information setting out the content of sex education videos, which it will urge schools to distribute to parents," says the Telegraph. Over in Ireland, the practice of students being given often graphic and plainly false information regarding abortion is being curtailed in addition to, again, parents being informed of the content of sex-education talks. It's always heartening when parents are given transparency.
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