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in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments in education.
Catching up on sleep
Following recent guidelines on minimum sleeping hours by China’s Education Ministry, some schools in Beijing have started classes up to half an hour later to ensure students get enough sleep. The move has been welcomed by pupils and parents alike, citing delayed class times as a boost to families’ overall well-being.
In the United States, while studies struggle to find substantive evidence that later class times lead to increased student performance, the indisputable benefits of greater sleep has proven a good enough criterion for later school starts, with some schools in Minnesota leading the initiative.
With governments and school districts recognising the importance of adequate sleep for developing children and teens, shifts to later school starts are gaining traction on the basis of improving student health and well-being; a subject of particular importance as students move through the mounting challenges of schooling through the pandemic.
Education in the Spotlight
The Straits Times: Empowering migrant workers through English lessons, computer literacy and financial planning education
Mr Sazzad Hossain started SDI Academy in 2013 to empower migrant workers through education.
The Guardian: Cutting Asian language courses at Australian universities hurting students’ job prospects, experts say
Axing four subjects in 2021 is a ‘crisis’ that will disadvantage businesses in the future, says president of Asian Studies Association of Australia.
The Conversation: 6 ways recent college graduates can enhance their online job search
A student services career expert shares tips for new graduates.
The Hechinger Report: From admissions to teaching to grading, AI is infiltrating higher education
As colleges’ use of the technology grows, so do questions about bias and accuracy.
Brookings: How do government decisionmakers identify and adopt innovations for scale?
When it comes to supporting innovations at large scale, governments play a central role. But non-state actors, such as researchers or project implementers, are also essential.
International Labour Organisation: Invest in climate education to build a better workforce for a greener future
Climate and environmental literacy can help create jobs, build a greener consumer market and allow citizens to better engage with their governments about climate change.
The Straits Times: Public education, living sustainably key to cutting carbon emissions
Good public education is necessary to help individuals understand the root cause of rising sea levels so that they can do their part in cutting down greenhouse gas emissions.