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Issue 75: The rises and falls of for-profit education

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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 The rises and falls of for-profit education In a sweeping law, China has mandated that its vast private tutoring industry has to turn non-profit, and has also installed a ban on tutoring core subjects on weekends and holidays. The new law is aimed at reducing student stress and inequality in a system notorious for its intense competition, and based on a conclusion that the private tutoring industry is threatening the social well-being of the country. Conversely, the United States is just overturning a century-old ban on for-profit medical universities. Despite concerns of fiscal transparency, accreditation, student loan eligibility, and quality of both applicants and the curriculum, some argue the rise of for-profit medical universities may fill the gap in the shortage of healthcare professionals most apparent in this pandemic. With pros and cons on both sides of the non-profit vs for-profit debate, perhaps the ultimate question that we should ask is: “Which model would best benefit students and society at large?” Education in the Spotlight Faculty Focus: An integrative approach to student understanding and learning To create learning environments that service a diverse student body, educators should focus on the ability of the student to demonstrate their level of understanding for the topics posed rather than focusing on just the grade. The Hechinger Report: A lack of diversity in research and analytics is not just unethical – it’s dangerous Diversity has practical, real-life implications for how society functions, and it impacts our long-term sustainability. The Straits Times: Time to shift from ‘tourist approach’ in teaching about other cultures As schools mark Racial Harmony Day in Singapore, we need to go for fresh approaches in multicultural education. The Hechinger Report: Post-pandemic schooling will be even more challenging than most of us expect Here is what we are up against — and a potential path forward. Huffington Post: 4 Big myths about pandemic learning loss, debunked Many kids are behind. Here’s what parents need to know. BBC News: Climate Change: Carmarthenshire school’s zero-carbon secondary bid Pupils are working with an energy company and suppliers to reach a carbon-neutral goal. Reuters: It’s time to reform India’s environmental education In a country heavily at risk from climate change impacts, teachers and students need to understand the threats – and opportunities – better.

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