Hong Kong leader reminded of need to strengthen national education of young

Mainland China’s education minister reminded Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of President Xi Jinping’s instructions on the need to strengthen young people’s education on the Chinese constitution, Basic Law, and Chinese history and culture. Chen Baosheng also assured Lam that his ministry would spare no efforts in helping the city address “all questions” and responding to “all requests” on education. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam calls for national security law push, but no clear time frame Chen raised the issue with Lam during a meeting in Beijing on…

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New effort to reform early education gives some a sense of deja vu

The line behind the microphone snaked down the aisle, as two dozen people stepped up to advocate for their slice of the early childhood education pie. Several members of the local education workers union argued for collective bargaining rights for child care workers. A representative from the research policy center Zero to Three spoke up “on behalf of the near 1.5 million infants and toddlers in California,” while someone from First 5 LA mentioned the need for more transitional kindergarten opportunities for four-year-olds. It was the second public hearing of California’s…

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R.I. education chief emphasizes return to teaching, not testing

This fall, 20 principals will partner with Hasbro and the National Institute for School Leadership to deepen their leadership abilities. Later, Rhode Island superintendents will engage in a similar training program with CVS and the state Department of Education. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner enters his third year he discussed some of his priorities for the coming school year. Shared leadership Wagner said his predecessor, Deborah A. Gist, had done a lot of great work around setting high academic standards and creating tests to measure…

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Kent ISD leading effort to elevate high-quality math education

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Math literacy and reading literacy are equally important skills for the 21st century, educators say. The Kent Intermediate School District is leading an initiative with educational leaders who have a laser-focused goal of supporting students in becoming better mathematicians. “We are in the process of aligning our efforts with other ISDs and organizations that we can partner with to continue pushing for a high-quality mathematics education,” said Rusty Anderson, Kent ISD mathematics consultant. “Mathematics is a huge area for the success of students being college and career…

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Impact of GST on Education Sector

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009 has made education not only compulsory but has also made the Govt. responsible to provide education at economical rates. The  Council has kept education sector free from its ambit. Services related to education, provided by any educational institution to its students, faculty and staff like transportation, catering, mid day meals, admissions, examinations, housekeeping etc. have been exempted under GST. The educational institutions that have been granted the exemption from GST are pre-schools and higher secondary educational institutes both…

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In D.C. rally, hundreds protest Trump’s planned cuts to education

Led by Steve Ciprani, center left, and Pavithra Nagarajan, right, hundreds of activists march toward the Education Department building in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. (Bill O’Leary / The Washington Post) Nolan, his 10-year-old son, had bragged to his friends when his mom attended the Women’s March after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and then he had asked his dad when he could go to a march, too. So the family of four drove down Friday night to join those seeking to be heard at the “March for Public Education,” a rally and…

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More education will lead to fewer child brides, healthier children

Over 13 million adolescent girls between 10 and 19 years – equivalent to the population of South Sudan – were married in India in 2011, according to census data, but fewer literate women were married as children or had children early compared to those who were illiterate, according to an analysis by Child Rights and You (CRY), a Mumbai-based child rights nonprofit. The number of child brides and mothers have not improved substantially from 2011. In 2015-2016, an estimated 4.5 million girls between the age of 15 and 16 years…

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Body of varsities seeks revisit of higher education policy

Association of Indian Universities (AIU) on Friday sought urgent revisit of the three-decade old higher education policy in view the changes happening in the sector. When the policy was formulated in 1986, there was no Information Technology, internet, computers and smart class and now with all the facilities at the finger tip, there was the immediate need to revisit and revamp the policy, AIU Secretary General Prof Furqan Qamar told reporters in Coimbatore. It should not be a change for the sake of change, but a thorough reconstruction of present…

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Physical education and art classes in Maharashtra schools may become an hour longer

The state’s school education department may increase the duration of art and physical education classes in Maharashtra schools by an hour to give students more time to develop their creative and athletic skills. A delegation of teachers from across Maharashtra met education minister Vinod Tawde to demand more teaching time for these subjects. Currently, there are two-three sessions of art and physical education a week, which teachers said was insufficient. Extra-curricular subjects are important for students as they impart life skills and provide a break from the academic rigmarole, said…

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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind the scenes of Alexander Hamilton’s life. Today, the company announced it is opening the educational VR tours to the public through a new Expeditions App. All you need…

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