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Education reform needs a systematic approach

To effect a large-scale transformation in education, what is needed is a comprehensive approach to coordinate academic and administrative change.(HT File Photo) Approximately 29% of India’s population is below the age of 14, and, at 250 million, we have the highest number of school-going students in the world. Unfortunately, we also have a public education system that is failing the young population by denying them quality education. To effect a large-scale transformation in education, a systemic approach, consisting of comprehensive and coordinated set of academic and administrative reforms, is needed. Academic…

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Utkal University rural campus to offer courses on education, communication

BHUBANESWAR/KENDRAPADA: Utkal University’s rural campus near Chandikhole in Jajpur district will offer bachelor and master degrees in education, postgraduate diploma in communication for development and three certificate courses from next year. University authorities said this on the sidelines of the inauguration of the rural campus by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday. Utkal University vice chancellor Soumendra Mohan Patnaik said initially the institution will start with two courses-master degree in public health and MBA in rural management- from this temporary campus. But it will add courses every educational year in…

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BJP’s Record on Education Runs Afoul of Its Own Manifesto

In their short social life and even shorter life in public memory, election manifestos perform a variety of tasks. Attempting to strike different notes at once, they sway between grandiose promise-making, novelty and a teaser of all good things that would unfurl post-elections. Intentions, promises and possible actions form common elements of the script that covers broad issues including foreign relations, defence and social security. While revealing an overall direction, focus and emphasis, manifestos also do the work of re-framing, re-naming and signalling. Given its crucial role in not just…

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WV House Hosts Two Public Education Hearings

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The House chamber was packed for the first hearing, which began at 8 Monday morning.  Dozens of educators, parents, administartors and lawmakers all debated both for and against the bill. The biggest concerns remain about school choice and items such as Education Savings Accounts and charter schools. “An attck on all educators as you work to devalue our certification and allow charter schools to hire non-certified induviduals. An attack on our already financially-strapped school systems who struggle each day,” said Jeffrey Reynolds, Mingo County Educatuion Association….

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Parents must fight for choice in education

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring this week, Jan. 20-26, as National School Choice Week. The proclamation expresses concern about performance of U.S. students in international surveys: 24th in reading; 25th in science; 40th in math. And it ascribes the cause of these disappointing statistics to the “consequences of the limitations imposed by a largely one-size-fits-all approach to education.” It makes all the sense in the world to appreciate the value of bringing the marketplace and competition to education. Free markets serve us extremely well in delivering goods and…

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How Trump Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Could Threaten Undocumented Children’s Education

Getty Images Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has stoked public outrage more consistently than any other member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, a group not principally known for evading indignation. But perhaps DeVos’s most alarming error to date has received insufficient public attention. This disregard is regrettable because her blunder illuminates one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most momentous opinions — and exposes a mounting threat to the decision. As last school year drew to a close, Congressman Adrian Espaillat of New York asked DeVos in a committee hearing whether public educators…

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