What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

What other countries can learn from Singapore’s schools

WHEN the island of Singapore became an independent country in 1965, it had few friends and even fewer natural resources. How did it become one of the world’s great trading and financial centres? The strategy, explained Lee Kuan Yew, its first prime minister, was “to develop Singapore’s only available natural resource: its people”. Today Singapore’s education system is considered the best in the world. The country consistently ranks at the top of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial test of 15-year-olds in dozens of countries, in…

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Will my child be forced to switch schools? What parents need to know about N.J. desegregation suit

Will my child be forced to switch schools? What parents need to know about N.J. desegregation suit

The statistics are undeniable. Across New Jersey, hundreds of thousands of black and Hispanic students attend schools that are almost entirely non-white. The question is whether the state should step in to do something about it. A lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses the state of being complicit in allowing one of the most segregated school systems in America and calls for a comprehensive desegregation plan. The legal challenge, filed by a coalition of civil rights groups, has spurred questions about what segregation really means and what changes could be in store for students if the…

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What Happens If You Misuse Your Student Loans

What Happens If You Misuse Your Student Loans

Individuals can be legally prosecuted and face fines or imprisonment in financial aid fraud cases and instances of illegal borrowing. (Getty Images) Many college students make poor decisions with their student loan refunds – spending the money on noneducational purposes, such as spring break vacations and buying new clothes. Accounts of student loan misuse are easy to find – and usually don’t shock the Student Loan Ranger. However, we were surprised by one recently buzzed-about way to spend student loan funds: investing in cryptocurrencies. Such findings may be questionable, but many instances of student loan misuse…

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‘In 2018, let’s reclaim the career of teaching for what it can be’

‘In 2018, let’s reclaim the career of teaching for what it can be’

We must resist the mechanistic, spoon-feeding approach to learning that deskills pupils and devalues teachers. This new year education has never mattered more – our job is to help our students outpace the robots, writes one heads’ leader The poet TS Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month”. But I suspect he wasn’t putting himself through Dry January. So here we are again. Another new year, when we stand shivering and windswept at the January starting-block of a new school term. But if ever there’s a time for sunny-side-up optimism –…

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Career Courage: Do You Have What it Takes To Follow Your True Calling?

Career Courage: Do You Have What it Takes To Follow Your True Calling?

Summary Knowing what career you would like to follow can be almost as difficult as obtaining a job, and few people are fortunate enough to be able to say that they love their job and it provides them with the opportunity to lead the life they desire. “Career Courage” sets out the type of questions that you need to ask yourself to discover what really motivates you and matters in your work and personal life. Dissatisfied after three years in her chosen career as a psychotherapist, Katie C. Kelley decided…

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Seeking A Career Boost: What Is The Best Study Abroad Experience?

Seeking A Career Boost: What Is The Best Study Abroad Experience?

Previously in this blog, I have highlighted often quite surprising findings from the UK and also the European Commission, giving evidence about the various career advantages one gets from studying for some time abroad. A lot of research has been done about these benefits. Recently an American survey of 4500 graduates, conducted by the Institute for International Education (IIE) in Washington DC was published. It addressed this question: how much more do you benefit from a long (typically a year) study period abroad than a short one (typically 8 weeks)?…

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Job Search: Can your brain tell what career is right for you?

Job Search: Can your brain tell what career is right for you?

Can your brain hold the answers to what career is most suitable for you? Every brain is wired differently, which means everything from your thought process to your reaction to a situation and even the skill sets you possess will be different from someone else. A revolutionary new process called 4D Brain Analysis promises to unlock the secrets of the brain and provide scientific answers about one’s personality. The patent-pending 4D Brain Analysis combines four different steps to arrive at answers. Components of the analysis include Brain Mapping, DNA mapping,…

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Lewis Hamilton unsure about what future holds in F1 career

Lewis Hamilton unsure about what future holds in F1 career

Lewis Hamilton has hinted he could walk away from Formula One at the end of the season, while also indicating it was highly unlikely. The triple world champion, so often an enigma shrouded in contradiction, offered little certainty after winning the British Grand Prix for a record-equalling fifth time. What came across strongly, however, was that the Mercedes driver felt in the form of his life and would always want to be a winner. “Apart from being with my family, the happiest moment I ever have is when I’ve got…

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What Happens When Their School Doesn’t Offer Physics? Rural Students Head Online

What Happens When Their School Doesn’t Offer Physics? Rural Students Head Online

This story is part of the special series United And Divided, which explores the links and rifts between rural and urban America. Schools in rural school districts often don’t have the budget or the teachers to offer students all of the courses they would like to take. One rural district in a Missouri county decided to offer credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can’t otherwise afford. In Jefferson County in eastern Missouri, the high school, middle school and elementary school that make…

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Big Mouth Undermined What Could Have Been Big Career for Rex (and Rob) Ryan

Big Mouth Undermined What Could Have Been Big Career for Rex (and Rob) Ryan

You do not have to travel far back in time to see how the NFL once viewed Rex Ryan. One of those instances came in, of all places, a hotel ballroom in Toronto in the 1990s. Brian Billick, who would go on to become a Super Bowl-winning head coach with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, was attending a football clinic, and at one point he noticed an energetic—almost frantic—heavyset man talking football. It was a young Rex Ryan. “It was truly a remarkable thing to see,” Billick, now an analyst…

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