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Education For All | DevEd Community Blog

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In 2012, four out of five high school students in the United States received their diploma. Although the graduation rate varies across the country, a majority of students graduated in all fifty states, and our country continually aspires to improve outcomes for those students who do not. Since our nation’s founding, quality education has been a priority for Americans. But what if it wasn’t?

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Learning From International Education Systems | DevEd Community Blog

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Most nations view education as the main lever for social, economic, political, and cultural change. The pace of globalization we all face has led to an acceleration of change and thus, an increasing pressure on educational systems to keep up with evolving societal demands. While schools have historically played a role of educating students to be ready for citizenship, career, and life, some argue that today’s demands on the education sector, brought on by global competition, an outcomes-focused accountability era, and the need to innovate and produce at scale, have made the enterprise more challenging.

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Garden Based Learning: A Return to Simplier Food in K-12 | DevEd Community Blog

Garden Based Learning: A Return to Simplier Food in K-12 | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it
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What teachers can learn from acting | DevEd Community Blog

What teachers can learn from acting | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

Teaching requires theory – and practice. It’s practice that brings the lesson to the student, and that’s what teachers spend most of their day doing.

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Who Is Well-Educated? | DevEd Community Blog

Who Is Well-Educated? | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

When we say that an individual is well-educated, what do we mean? Are we referring to the institutions attended by the individual? Do these institutions need to be accredited by an independent body or by a government? Do they have to meet certain standards and norms? Are we referring to the marks achieved by that individual in the courses of study offered by the educational institutions? Are we referring to the quantity of books and articles the individual has read and understood?

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An Ominous Warning about the State of American Education | DevEd Community Blog

An Ominous Warning about the State of American Education | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

While browsing in a book store not long ago, a friend of mine came across a book whose back cover included the following ominous message:

YOU CAN READ AND ENJOY A BOOK LIKE THIS ONE
Will your children be able to?

The most sacred heritage an American child has is his right to as much education as he wants or can use. It is only through education that our children can understand the other priceless things that America gives. Today our educational system is faltering. Tomorrow it may be gone—unless we act now! The day after tomorrow the American way of life will be gone, too, if our educational system breaks down.

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Is Technology Changing the Way Children Develop Relationships? | DevEd Community Blog

Is Technology Changing the Way Children Develop Relationships? | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it
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Popular culture and technology are redefining the meaning of relationships; what relationships are, how they develop and are maintained, and how many relationships we can have. Popular culture, for example, suggests that love can be found in a few weeks on shows like The Bachelor, real family’s lives mirror shows such as Kate Plus 8 and the Real Housewives franchise, and friendships and school life are like those on Nickelodeon.

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Is Poverty the Real Cause of Poor Performance in Education? | DevEd Community Blog

Is Poverty the Real Cause of Poor Performance in Education? | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it
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“According to the National Nutrition Survey 2011 conducted by the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), around 58 per cent of the population is food insecure”, the Minister for National Food Security and Research, Mir Israrullah Zehri, told the upper house of parliament. And BISP Chairperson Farzana Raja told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance that 80 million people out of a total population of 175.3 million live below the poverty line. These are staggering figures – 45.7 per cent Pakistanis are struggling to make both ends meets.These statements show the gravity of the situation.

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Knowledge and skills are infinite – oil is not | DevEd Community Blog

Knowledge and skills are infinite – oil is not | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

Knowledge and skills are infinite – oil is not
By Andreas Schleicher

As the bible notes, Moses arduously led the Jews for 40 years through the desert – just to bring them to the only country in the Middle East that had no oil. But Moses may have gotten it right, after all. Today, Israel has an innovative economy and its population enjoys a standard of living most of its oil-rich neighbours don’t offer. More generally, countries with greater total rents from natural resources tend to be economically and socially less developed, as exports of national resources tend to appreciate the currency, making imports cheap and the development of an industrial base more difficult. And as governments in resource-rich countries are under less pressure to tax their citizens they are more prone to autocratic leadership.

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Learning lessons | DevEd Community Blog

Learning lessons | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it
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It is all too easy to identify an issue as being related to a community because it is part of the minority or majority world. Last night I was watching a film about the changing ownership of land in Africa. The documentary said that there is no title on 90% of land in Africa. In Mali, the government has chosen to start moving people off this unowned land so that it can be developed for sugar production. This last sentence is, of course, filled with some huge assumptions to which most of us living within the capitalist system do not give a second thought. Firstly, there is the notion that land which is used for growing food but which has not been claimed via a process constructed as law is ‘unowned’. Secondly, there is an implication that if something is being ‘developed’ it is being improved. In the minority world, land ownership and the right of individuals or small groups of people to maintain control of most of the land is taken for granted as is our belief that we are ‘developed’ and empowered by an economy focussed upon growth. It feels like it is something that has been going on forever. A quick rummage back in history though reveals how recently this process began.

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Time for a radical shake-up | DevEd Community Blog

Time for a radical shake-up | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

Most people now accept that there is a major crisis in the world’s natural climate and that it’s got something to do with how human beings have been behaving for the past 300 years. In the interests of industrialism, we’ve looted a selection of the earth’s resources and imperilled all of them. One climate crisis is probably enough for you. But I believe there is another one whose origins are the same and whose consequences are equally perilous. This is a crisis of human resources.

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What’s education to me? | DevEd Community Blog

What’s education to me? | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

I’ve dedicated most of my writing to issues related to education for almost 4 years now. As the years roll on, I have found it increasingly difficult to keep writing about education. The difficulty has increased since I became a teacher: that’s mostly because I have less time to write now that I’m a teacher.

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Between theory and practice | DevEd Community Blog

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Between theory and practice: giving meaning to scientific research

For my graduation ceremony, I was asked to give a short presentation about the conclusions of my DevEd research in Uganda. During the ceremony, I was placed in a group with the graduates from the Urban Geography master program – with research topics, such as ‘art in the public space’ – which I found to be very amusing, as my research took place in one of the most remote districts there are to be found: the Amolatar District in Uganda (see previous blog for my experiences there).

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Education and Learning: Can they Coexist? | DevEd Community Blog

Education and Learning: Can they Coexist? | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

Before my daughter entered elementary school, I knew she learned differently from other kids.


But I always imagined that no matter how she learned, her future teachers would create an environment where she would thrive and we would work as partners to support her learning. My view of education was broad and I saw learning as a life-long process involving many levels of knowledge.

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Freshmen dig into challenges facing urban education | DevEd Community Blog

Freshmen dig into challenges facing urban education | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

Just past 7:15 on a recent Thursday morning at Foundation Collegiate Academy in Trenton, N.J., students trickled in through a side door and filed down the stairs to the basement of the charter high school.

 

On the landing, principal Nicole Falconer greeted each of the school’s 130 students by name with a firm handshake, touching base with a question or a word of encouragement before the students removed their coats, straightened their blue and white uniforms and began their day.

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Enterprise education and the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge | DevEd Community Blog

Enterprise education and the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

Enterprise education means bridging the gap between school and work – this is of obvious importance. But despite this, enterprise education has been long undervalued. Educators have assumed that if students gained a strong academic education then this would lead to employment once they left school.

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Making Sense of Steubenville | DevEd Community Blog

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As educators, what are we to make of the ongoing tragedy in Steubenville, Ohio – a community in which one teenage girl was raped and publicly humiliated, two teenage boys are being shipped off to juvenile detention, and two other teenage girls are now under arrest after threatening to beat and kill the victim?

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Teach Your Children Well | DevEd Community Blog

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A week before the holidays, the Norwalk, Connecticut seventh grader whom I mentor announced his New Year’s resolution: “I want to get a D in social studies.”

For the last three and a half years, I have been after Javier (I’ve changed his name, as with all the children in this piece) to set and achieve academic goals. This was not the standard I had in mind.

We were seated in the otherwise empty Roton Middle School cafeteria, where we meet each Tuesday morning to discuss the latest on Victor Cruz and the New York Giants, chat about our families, play cards and talk out strategies that will lead to his making good decisions in life. What sparked Javier’s wish for a D in social studies was this: His teacher had placed him on warning after he failed the class in fall semester. Earn a passing grade, the teacher had said, or end up in summer school. (The 12-year-old had fared better in his other core subjects, earning one B and the rest Cs and Ds.)

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Lunch Lessons | DevEd Community Blog

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Lunch Lessons

Not a day goes by without the media addressing America’s growing obesity crisis, and lately the discussion has settled on our children. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that if American children don’t get their weight in check, their anticipated health problems will significantly shorten their lives, and make them the first generation in our nation’s history to die at younger ages than their parents. In fact the CDC has said, of the children born in the year 2000, one out of every three Caucasians and one out of every two African Americans and Hispanics will contract diabetes in their lifetimes, most before they graduate high school. This may mean that within 10 years, by 2018, that 40 – 45% of all school age children could be insulin dependent – the potential health ramifications are overwhelming, the more so, because this is ALL preventable.

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Tanzania’s pass/fail roller coaster | DevEd Community Blog

Tanzania’s pass/fail roller coaster | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it
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You know that heart stopping feeling when you crest the first peak of a big roller coaster as it goes into free fall? That feeling of dread is perhaps only equalled by the torture of opening up your exam results – at the time it seems your whole life might depend on the hidden grades inside!

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The peace education programme in Kenya | DevEd Community Blog

The peace education programme in Kenya | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

Background
The education sector provides an avenue through which life skills, principles and values for personal, social and economic development are propagated. The sector provides skills and builds knowledge that enable people to contribute to the development, safety, security and economic growth of their country. Since its independence, the government of Kenya recognized the need to promote national unity and appreciation of diversity. The initiatives put in place towards achieving this endeavor focused on averting the outcomes of the ‘divide and rule’ approach adopted by the colonial government. Therefore, it is no wonder that the national goals of education in Kenya emphasize national unity, moral and religious values, social equality and responsible citizenship which are key in enhancing harmonious coexistence among citizens.

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Graduating with technology | DevEd Community Blog

Graduating with technology | DevEd Community Blog | DevEd Blogs | Scoop.it

http://deved.org/blog/graduating-with-technology/

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Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives: we use it to learn, to shop, to pay bills, and to entertain ourselves. Not surprisingly, younger generations are heavily influenced by computers in a way that changes the way they retain information and the ways they develop opinions about culture. Today 70% of children between the ages of 2-5 can operate a computer mouse, but only 11% of them can tie their own shoes. At the start of the 21st century only half of all school classrooms had Internet access, compared to 98% today. The proliferation and sheer breadth of accessibility that the Internet offers has in many ways redefined the process of “growing up” — this graphic explores this redefinition and provides insight into not just how we learn stuff, but also what we learn from a young age now that we have computers.

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