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Poorly educated voters hold the keys to the White House

A new paper suggests that voters without degrees are uniquely placed to pick the next president. It was in the 1970s that American politics began to polarize around voters’ levels of educational attainment. The Republican Party, until then a party of tweedy north-easterners, began recruiting less-educated southern whites, alienated by the civil-rights movement. Over time, […]

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Silicon Valley Not Welcomed At Kansas Schools

                  WELLINGTON, Kan. — The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms. It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents. It culminated when Collin Winter, 14, an eighth grader in McPherson, Kan., joined a classroom walkout in January. In the nearby […]

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The Human Capital Project, report from the World Bank

The Human Capital Project, a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people for greater equity and economic growth. Why should countries invest in human capital? Can early health care and education prepare children to succeed and prosper as adults in a rapidly changing world? What are the barriers to nurturing human capital […]

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Find out where your country ranks for education.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. In 2015 over half a million students, representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies, took the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, […]

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Technology could kill 5 million jobs by 2020

Developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, and biotechnology, would disrupt the business world in a similar way to previous industrial revolutions, the World Economic Forum said in a report published Monday. Administrative and white collar office jobs are most at risk from a “fourth industrial revolution,” the forum said on the eve of its annual meeting […]

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Boys are being outclassed by girls at both school and university, and the gap is widening

The Economist magazine published an article on “The Weaker Sex”, under their general topic heading of “Gender, education and work”, which indicates teenage boys are being left behind by girls. Until the 1960s boys spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now, across the rich […]

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How B.C.’s teachers measure up against others in Canada

While provinces keep their numbers differently, making comparisons difficult, a look at Alberta and Ontario – provinces that also have dicey relationships with their educators – sheds some light on teachers’ compensation and working conditions elsewhere in Canada. For example: While new teachers in B.C. make salaries that are comparable to their counterparts in other […]

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Reflections on 15 Years Covering BC’s School Wars

Vancouver Sun reporter Janet Steffenhagen was the BC education reporter for 15 years. She witnessed some key moments and controversies, such as the passing of Bills 27 and 28 in 2002, which stripped teachers of the right to negotiate class size and composition during bargaining. The teachers’ union (BCTF) took the government to court over […]

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B.C. teachers’ letter to Christy Clark goes viral

The following letter penned to B.C. Premier Christy Clark has gone viral on social media. It’s written by Christine Adams, a Grade 7 teacher: Ok, Christy Clark, I’m going to need some help understanding this one. Starting Monday, you will not let me help my students at recess and lunch? It is rare that a […]

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320 word puzzles at Barnes and Noble

320 word puzzles to truly test your vocabulary and give your little grey cells a good workout. If you love word games, or simply enjoy the wonders of words, then you should add this ebook to your collection for only $0.99 at Barnes and Noble. Click to view free sample.