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in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments in education.
Preparing for school after remote learning
As the pandemic continues to prolong school closures, many university students are feeling deprived of the full college experience, taking lessons online in isolation and getting less hands-on learning experiences. More than just accounting for learning loss during remote instruction, educators should also consider how socio-emotional challenges impact students’ ability to learn and develop, and how prolonged loss of interpersonal contact can affect students’ mental health in the long run.
Recognising the potential effect of such socio-emotional stressors, some colleges have begun to prepare for the “reverse culture shock” moving back to campus may have on students, with re-orientation programmes to help students integrate back into on-campus life and in-person schooling.
As schools continue to grapple with hybrid learning and gradual school re-openings, post-pandemic recovery programmes need to be sensitive to the repercussions remote learning has had on students’ well-being, and provide holistic support for all forms of loss, beyond just loss of learning.
Education in the Spotlight
Brookings: How can education be the antidote to a world prone to fracture along environmental, social, and economic fault lines?
An increasingly large fraction of the decisions people will need to make involve science and technology. Education is the first best way for people and societies to make these decisions.
NPR: The quantum hi-tech dreams of a rapping African education minister
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Education and Chief Innovation Officer David Moinina Sengeh is a man of many talents. He’s using mobile phone technology to improve daily life, he invented a way to make a prosthetic limb with a computer-assisted technique, and he’s a singer and rapper and a clothing designer, too.
The Straits Times: Get exam-ready: Tips for stress management
Ensuring that children get enough sleep, exercise and nutritious food is key to reducing stress and boosting confidence and motivation levels. But beyond that, experts suggest other strategies in the preparation stage and during the actual examinations.
Inside Higher Ed: Maths for social justice
A new course at Kettering University in Michigan aims to engage STEM-minded students in humanistic and social science analysis through mathematics.
The Hechinger Report: Rural American students shift away from math and science during high school, study finds
Lower math achievement, fewer course offerings and lower quality teachers block the path to science.
Eco-Business: To accelerate climate action, start with mandating climate education in schools
To achieve its carbon targets, Malaysia should work on a decarbonisation task force and mandatory climate education among other solutions, urged experts.
BBC News: Climate change ‘benefits’ taken out of SQA Geography course
Scotland’s exams body will no longer ask pupils to give explanations on the “positive” effects of climate change, such as “increased tourism to more northerly latitudes” and “improved crop yields”.