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Issue 81: Gaming the education system

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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 Gaming the education system In a bid to tackle youth online gaming addictions, the Beijing government has issued a series of guidelines to limit gaming screen time to three hours a week for those under 18, just ahead of the new school year. Conversely, a professor from a university in the United States offers the viewpoint that video games should be brought more into the classroom rather than banned, for games have proven to be key tools in facilitating experiential learning, even teaching students core skills in STEM subjects. However, games which promote student learning outcomes are quite different from the popularised Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games owned by China’s targeted companies Tencent and NetEase. As the social impact of video games on youth continues to be questioned, there should be greater differentiation between games that are cognisant of and promote educational outcomes, and games meant for pure entertainment. It is perhaps more useful to consider the potentials as well as pitfalls of the video game medium to create varied experiences for students, rather than characterising the industry as a whole. Education in the Spotlight Southeast Asia Globe: Thai students suffer inequality and poor mental health as pandemic lingers Misguided policies, neglect and mistreatment by the Thai government and school authorities have caused a mental health crisis among students. The Straits Times: Opinion: A story undone: Yale-NUS and the future of liberal arts in Singapore Three alumni respond: the point of Yale-NUS was never to replace or add a conventional local programme, but to provide a unique offering to the local education landscape that could compete internationally. The Conversation: Data science education lacks a much-needed focus on ethics Undergraduate students need to learn the responsible use of data science in addition to the nuts and bolts. The Conversation: What young kids say worked – and didn’t work – for them during virtual learning Some children liked being able to move from room to room, while others felt more confined to a single spot at a computer screen at home. The Straits Times: Pandemic habits are harming your child’s development Singapore’s National University Hospital has seen more referrals for conditions associated with excessive screen time since the pandemic. Brookings: How has education technology impacted student learning in India during COVID-19? While school systems in India have made efforts to reach students at home through various means, recent estimates of the impact on learning and socio-emotional well-being suggest that the poorest children will be hurt the most by the pandemic-related school closures. Devex: Opinion: It’s time to let young people help shape climate policy Those in the youngest generation are politically engaged and deeply impacted by climate change – so why aren’t their voices heard more? The Guardian: The US public schools redesigning buildings with climate in mind School districts are increasingly transitioning to cheaper and greener options. But old building habits and funding constraints can pose a challenge.

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