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Issue 65: Educational aid and opportunity amid a crisis

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Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments in education. image Educational aid and opportunity amid a crisis In the midst of a lockdown and stuck in her home in the rural Himalayas, Haimantika Mitra picked up a full suite of competitive coding skills from Microsoft’s online self-learn platform. With skills playing an increasingly important role in the post-pandemic world, self-learn platforms grant students the chance to obtain valuable certifications while learning independently from home, boosting their hiring rates in a competitive job market. In the United States, Mike Bloomberg gifted USD150 million to Johns Hopkins University, expanding the recruitment of minority students into STEM PhD progammes. As STEM fields increasingly originate solutions to the world’s contemporary problems, it is important for STEM PhD programmes to reflect the diversity of the population it serves. In a time when education opportunities are limited by the pandemic, new avenues in technology and funding open up to make learning an equitable reality. Education in the Spotlight EdWeek: Cultivating student questioning is not a one-time thing How can we encourage students to develop their own questions? And once they create them, what’s next? The Straits Times: Ngee Ann Poly pilots programme for students to gain skills outside of core subject Students can now take a minor subject from a different discipline under a pilot programme, to expand their knowledge base and widen their job prospects. The Hechinger Report: Why every high school student needs a work-based experience The yawning gap between what high schoolers learn in the classroom and their future employment has serious consequences. Too often the disconnect leads to poor academic performance or, worse yet, disengagement and dropping out. The Conversation: Kids with a desk and a quiet place to study do better in school, data shows Ask what students need to learn at home, and the answer often involves access to Wi-Fi or a digital device. What is often overlooked is a desk or a quiet place to study. The Conversation: Why we remember more by reading – especially print – than from audio or video When mental focus and reflection are called for, it’s time to crack open a book. World Economic Forum: Thinking like Leonardo da Vinci will help children tackle climate change Education researchers argue that pupils should be taught a mixture of arts and science subjects designed to address problems such as sustainability. Channel NewsAsia: What’s the state of climate change education in Singapore’s school curriculum? Associate Professor Chang Chew Hung from NIE spoke to CNA’s Jaime Ho on how Singapore is educating future generations to deal with the impacts of climate change in the country.

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