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GCSE results: Schools end up teaching to the test rather than improving subject knowledge, warns headteachers' leader

GCSE results: Schools end up teaching to the test rather than improving subject knowledge, warns headteachers' leader | Education | Scoop.it
Schools are teaching to the test during GCSE years rather than concentrating on improving their pupils' subject knowledge, a headteachers' leader warned today.
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Due to the previous low marks of students in the Cambridge, GCSE results, teachers are now trying their best to improve them. They are however, going about this the wrong way. Teachers are now teaching for the exam and not  for the knowledge and understanding of the subject. Not only is this causing student to resent takin certain subject, but it is also not technically forming part of their education as much of the information taught is forgetten shortly after the exam. Teachers should encourage students to have an understanding of the information, not simply a knowledge of it.

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Due to the previous low marks of students in the Cambridge, GCSE results, teachers are now trying their best to improve them. They are however, going about this the wrong way. Teachers are now teaching for the exam and not  for the knowledge and understanding of the subject. Not only is this causing student to resent takin certain subject, but it is also not technically forming part of their education as much of the information taught is forgetten shortly after the exam. Teachers should encourage students to have an understanding of the information, not simply a knowledge of it.


 

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Windows tablets in education: They plug right in | ZDNet

Windows tablets in education: They plug right in | ZDNet | Education | Scoop.it
Like any other enterprise, large educational institutions have existing computing infrastructures which are likely built around Windows networks.
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It is common belief that the most commonly used tablet in the education industry is the IPad. Although this is currently true, things are changing! Education institution are now finding that using windows  8 tablets are far more effective and convient. Unlike IPad, these tablets often link directly to a windows 8 PC and so work can be directly transferred quickly and easily. While IPad definetly has some cool gadgets on it, having a windows 8 tablet is literally like carrying around your computer. This makes it far more user friendly (as most of us already know how to use a PC) and it eliminates the fuss of having to get the work off your ipad. 

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Courtney Dodge's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:14 PM

It is common belief that the most commonly used tablet in the education industry is the IPad. Although this is currently true, things are changing! Education institution are now finding that using windows  8 tablets are far more effective and convient. Unlike IPad, these tablets often link directly to a windows 8 PC and so work can be directly transferred quickly and easily. While IPad definetly has some cool gadgets on it, having a windows 8 tablet is literally like carrying around your computer. This makes it far more user friendly (as most of us already know how to use a PC) and it eliminates the fuss of having to get the work off your ipad.

Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:02 PM

It is common belief that the most commonly used tablet in the education industry is the IPad. Although this is currently true, things are changing! Education institution are now finding that using windows  8 tablets are far more effective and convient. Unlike IPad, these tablets often link directly to a windows 8 PC and so work can be directly transferred quickly and easily. While IPad definetly has some cool gadgets on it, having a windows 8 tablet is literally like carrying around your computer. This makes it far more user friendly (as most of us already know how to use a PC) and it eliminates the fuss of having to get the work off your ipad. 

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Is Buying An Education The Same As Buying a Car?

Is Buying An Education The Same As Buying a Car? | Education | Scoop.it
Parents are being made to feel it is morally wrong to send their children to private school, according to a leading headteacher.
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Education isa long term investment in your child's future. Many parents do not realize this. Parents are made to feel bad about sending their. Hold to a private school and so instead are commonly found to be investing in more short term I investments suchas cars. It was also for d that many parents believed that public schoowe could give their child as good an educational a private school could.this is obviously a personal decision that needs to be made and several factors need to be take into account, however I personally believe that you should give your child the best education that money allows. 

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:06 AM

Education isa long term investment in your child's future. Many parents do not realize this. Parents are made to feel bad about sending their. Hold to a private school and so instead are commonly found to be investing in more short term I investments suchas cars. It was also for d that many parents believed that public schoowe could give their child as good an educational a private school could.this is obviously a personal decision that needs to be made and several factors need to be take into account, however I personally believe that you should give your child the best education that money allows. 


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28.5 million conflict-hit children denied education: UN News - By indiaonline.in

28.5 (28.5 million conflict-hit #children denied #education: #UN. http://t.co/NJ34I1OGJC)
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A recent report by the United Nations shows that 28.5 million children are without education due to conflict happening in their contries. This shocking figure proves that education is not at the forefront of everyones mind. Education should be encouraged and motivated and should have the backing of the governement. The conflict, war or disaster in many countires of today is preventing the leaders of tomorrow from being well rounded, educated individuals and in so doing is stunting the growth of our world. 

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:08 AM

A recent report by the United Nations shows that 28.5 million children are without education due to conflict happening in their contries. This shocking figure proves that education is not at the forefront of everyones mind. Education should be encouraged and motivated and should have the backing of the governement. The conflict, war or disaster in many countires of today is preventing the leaders of tomorrow from being well rounded, educated individuals and in so doing is stunting the growth of our world. 

 

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Chicago Public Schools Mandates Sexual, Health Education For ...

Chicago Public Schools Mandates Sexual, Health Education For ... | Education | Scoop.it
Chicago Public Schools Mandates Sexual, Health Education For Kindergarten.
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Kindergarden is meant to be a time for play and development, however Chicago is now enforcing a new, rather controversial, subject. From the age of 5, children will now have a lesson on sexual health and education.

Learning about sexual development in the classroom not only goes against may traditions but also exposes children at a very young age to things that, for the most part, they do not need to be concerned with. 

I believe that the learning of topics such as sexuality, innapropriate touching, body parts etc. should be dealt with by the parents or gardians of that child in a way that they see fit. This newly introduced system robs parents of doing so and in turn interrupt specific traditions or morals that they might have. 

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:12 AM

Kindergarden is meant to be a time for play and development, however Chicago is now enforcing a new, rather controversial, subject. From the age of 5, children will now have a lesson on sexual health and education.

Learning about sexual development in the classroom not only goes against may traditions but also exposes children at a very young age to things that, for the most part, they do not need to be concerned with. 

I believe that the learning of topics such as sexuality, innapropriate touching, body parts etc. should be dealt with by the parents or gardians of that child in a way that they see fit. This newly introduced system robs parents of doing so and in turn interrupt specific traditions or morals that they might have. 

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Committee questions special education formula - Albuquerque Business First

Committee questions special education formula - Albuquerque Business First | Education | Scoop.it
Too many schools are identifying students as having special needs in order to obtain more state funding, according to a report by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee.
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It is rather disturbing to think that education institutions are lying about the amount of students with special needs in their school in order to obtain more funding. Not only is it an insult to those students who do infact have special needs, but it is just morally wrong, plain and simple! Recently several schools in New Mexico were found to have abnormally high units and it was later discovered that they did this in order to get the facilities that a special needs child would require installed in their school for free. While i am definetly for the provision of children with special needs in school i think there needs to be more careful accessment done in order to assess the severity of the situation in the particular school

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:01 PM

It is rather disturbing to think that education institutions are lying about the amount of students with special needs in their school in order to obtain more funding. Not only is it an insult to those students who do infact have special needs, but it is just morally wrong, plain and simple! Recently several schools in New Mexico were found to have abnormally high units and it was later discovered that they did this in order to get the facilities that a special needs child would require installed in their school for free. While i am definetly for the provision of children with special needs in school i think there needs to be more careful accessment done in order to assess the severity of the situation in the particular school

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Indonesia Mengajar to promote community service in education

Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar, a movement that sends educated youths to teach in remote areas across Indonesia, will be holding an event — slated for ...
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Although community service is not compulsory in most schools pupils are encouraged to have an active participation. The respsense rate in Indonesia for community service is schools has been overwhelming giving a clear indication that it here isinfact an interest front the pupils and the community around them. Community engagement is a great way not only to benifit the community involved but also to benefit the students who take part. Students will be able to see the 'other side' of life and may end up valuing and appreciatwhat what they have a great deal more. 

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:04 AM

Although community service is not compulsory in most schools pupils are encouraged to have an active participation. The respsense rate in Indonesia for community service is schools has been overwhelming giving a clear indication that it here isinfact an interest front the pupils and the community around them. Community engagement is a great way not only to benifit the community involved but also to benefit the students who take part. Students will be able to see the 'other side' of life and may end up valuing and appreciatwhat what they have a great deal more. 

 

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U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $32 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-Based Organizations for Nutrition and Physical Education | U.S. Department of Education

Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 60 grants totaling nearly $32 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).
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Physical education is said to be of vital importance to a child education.it is said to aid them in concentration and assist them in feeling better about themselves in general and therefore gaining more self confidence. The US government recently invested $32 million in physical fit ess and nutrition programmed acrothe on country. The question as to weather this money be better spent is one of great controversy. The US is rife with money related issues and spending $32 million on a service that is essentially a personal choice seems a bit excessive.

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:07 AM

Physical education is said to be of vital importance to a child education.it is said to aid them in concentration and assist them in feeling better about themselves in general and therefore gaining more self confidence. The US government recently invested $32 million in physical fit ess and nutrition programmed acrothe on country. The question as to weather this money be better spent is one of great controversy. The US is rife with money related issues and spending $32 million on a service that is essentially a personal choice seems a bit excessive.


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Weakest pupils 'suffer crisis of confidence in top schools' - Telegraph

Weakest pupils 'suffer crisis of confidence in top schools' - Telegraph | Education | Scoop.it
Parents should avoid sending their less intelligent children to top-performing schools to prevent them languishing at the bottom of the class, researchers warned today.
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It has been a common belief among many parents that sending your child to a prestigious school is a positive thing. However, if the child is being emotionally traumatised by the fact that they cannot keep up with the other individuals at this school, is this still the case? The research done in this article suggests that children, boys in particular find it hard to cope with being at the bottom half of the class and they may even become emotionally depressed by it. Feeling like you are not good enough is a common issue in today's society and inflicting this on children is even worse. 

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:11 AM

It has been a common belief among many parents that sending your child to a prestigious school is a positive thing. However, if the child is being emotionally traumatised by the fact that they cannot keep up with the other individuals at this school, is this still the case? The research done in this article suggests that children, boys in particular find it hard to cope with being at the bottom half of the class and they may even become emotionally depressed by it. Feeling like you are not good enough is a common issue in today's society and inflicting this on children is even worse. 


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New anti-bullying rules announced by Department of Education

New anti-bullying rules announced by Department of Education | Education | Scoop.it
Cyber-bullying, homophobic and racist bullying all form part of the Department of Education's new anti-bullying measures. (New anti-bullying rules announced by Department of Education: Cyber-bullying, homophobic and racist bullying a...
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With the increase in the avaliability of technology, cyber-bullying has also been on the rise. Although this does not directly involve the school, it can lead to effect that cause the people involved to behaive differently in the school environment.

The new anti-bullying rules enfore the schools involvement in the issue and attempt to act against it in anyway they can. However this is a very long shot. Unless the childs education is directly influenced by the cyber-bullying, many may argue that the school has no right to get involved and that it is the responsibility of the students as well as their parents. 

With this in mind, i believe that the new anti-bullying rules will either be embraced by all those involved or completly shunned and abandoned.

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 6, 2013 6:13 AM

With the increase in the avaliability of technology, cyber-bullying has also been on the rise. Although this does not directly involve the school, it can lead to effect that cause the people involved to behaive differently in the school environment.

The new anti-bullying rules enfore the schools involvement in the issue and attempt to act against it in anyway they can. However this is a very long shot. Unless the childs education is directly influenced by the cyber-bullying, many may argue that the school has no right to get involved and that it is the responsibility of the students as well as their parents. 

With this in mind, i believe that the new anti-bullying rules will either be embraced by all those involved or completly shunned and abandoned.

 

- Courtney Dodge