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Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 285) 27 May 2014
- Meeta Sengupta
Teacher Tuesday

Teachers from all over the world have stories to tell. Stories that are so different from each other, and yet so very similar. At the heart of the teaching and learning miracle lies the connect between the teacher and the student via the material. I have always maintained that teaching is a sort of energy transfer, where a teacher passes on the love for learning to the student. The rest is mere content.

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Research

Private Schools for the Poor
Authors: James Tulloch, Aline Kramer, & Lisa Overbey
Endeva Working Paper 03, April 2014

Abstract: Low-cost private schools can help the poor bridge the basic education gap. Indeed, they already play a significant role in educating the children of millions of poor families throughout the developing world - charging the equivalent of just a few dollars a month in tuition fees. The bottom-up, demand-driven nature of low-cost private schools allows them to meet the specific needs of poor parents, many of whom choose to send their children to fee-paying private schools rather than have them attend free public schools. Low-cost private schools succeed where poor parents believe public schools frequently fail - meeting their demands for Affordable and Accessible education for their children, provided by teachers and administrators who are held Accountable for the quality of instruction and educational outcomes. This "Triple-A rating" that families are giving low-cost private schools suggests that they are an educational choice for low income parents that is here to stay. However, there is plenty of room for improvement...

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Education News
 

The impact on education
- Dawn, 26 May 2014
WHAT must it feel like to have armed men burst into your classroom and tell you that what you’re studying is forbidden under Sharia? How much worse is that feeling than the realisation that your state is unable — or unwilling —- to keep you safe from such intimidation while you pursue your education?

Modi donates Rs 21 L for education of daughters of Guj drivers, peons
- The Indian Express, 23 May 2014
"Before leaving Gujarat, I gave Rs 21 lakh from my personal savings to educate daughters of drivers and peons working with Gujarat Government," he tweeted. (Source: PTI)

Reforming higher education with transparency
- University World News, 23 May 2014
Is the Indian institute of technology a university? What is the difference between a deemed-to-be-university and a state private university? How does the University of Pune ‘affiliate’ more than 600 colleges? How does the authority and control of multiple regulatory bodies differ?

China needs education revolution to compete
- The Japan Times, 26 May 2014
Over the last 35 years, China’s strong and sustained output growth — averaging more than 9.5 percent annually — has driven the miraculous transformation of a rural, command economy into a global economic superpower. In fact, according to the World Bank’s most recent calculation of the purchasing power of aggregate income, China is about to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy. But in terms of the quality and sustainability of its growth model, China still has a long way to go.

The Foreign Education Regulatory Bill has been a hot topic of discussion
- DNA, 27 May 2014
The Foreign Education Regulatory Bill has been a hot topic of discussion. Academicians tell Gauri Rane that amidst the clouds of doubts there is a ray of hope.

Rating colleges is ‘like rating a blender’ – Education Department official
- Washington Post, 26 May 2014
This is what Jamienne Studley, a deputy under secretary at the Education Department, told a group of college presidents who were meeting to talk about President’s Obama’s plan to rate colleges with the apparent aim of driving out of business schools that don’t meet the administration’s definition of success, as reported by The New York Times: “It’s like rating a blender. This is not so hard to get your mind around.”

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Video
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Are you skeptical of school choice programs? Do words like private schools, charter schools, vouchers, and tax credits make you uneasy? If so, Prof. Angela Dills argues that there are four things that you should know about school choice before dismissing it as a viable improvement to our education system. Watch this video here.

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