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Learning beyond grades
An English professor in the United States “ungrades” her classes, in an inclusive pedagogy that prioritises the learning process over giving a grade for every assignment. This practice, backed by research, makes for a more equitable classroom, where students from all learning backgrounds can develop the motivation and self-confidence to attain their own learning goals.
A recent study has also found that grade forgiveness policies in a university encouraged students to challenge themselves, take harder courses and stay enrolled in demanding majors like STEM. The university produced 25% more STEM graduates, debunking criticisms that such policies enabled students to slack off. However, more can be done to ensure this option is economically viable for all students.
Such policies account for the process of learning and encourages more students to graduate and reach their personal goals. Higher education institutions everywhere can adopt more inclusive and flexible policies to ensure equity in the classroom and competency in its graduates.
Education in the Spotlight:
Ed Surge | Students’ career interests are changing. Here is why our teaching must change, too
We are rapidly moving away from the traditional idea that success is the guaranteed outcome if you study hard and go to college.
South China Morning Post | What are the hallmarks of a high-quality kindergarten education? And what should children be learning at preschool in the first place?
A good kindergarten blurs play and academics, serving as a bridge from home or preschool education to learning in a more traditional classroom setting.
Inquirer | When 10-year-olds can’t read: The dulling of Philippine education
Over two years into the pandemic, and despite the gradual reopening of schools in many countries including the Philippines, the impact of long lockdowns on children’s education has become evident—now more than ever.
The Straits Times | Using vouchers to break shackles of education
Action towards ensuring equitable education would serve as the pivot towards how our children and society move forward into the future.
Brookings | The promises and perils of new technologies to improve education and employment opportunities
As digital innovations become more available and present opportunities to make quality learning and career opportunities more accessible across the globe, educational institutions, administrative data systems, and regulatory frameworks have struggled to adapt.
Education Week | ‘Flipped classes’ after the pandemic: Why these teachers say they’ll never go back
Three teachers talk about how they use flipped learning in their classrooms (and why).
The Straits Times | Going green: Environmental sustainability a big part of life in schools
Singapore’s Ministry of Education plans to work towards reducing net carbon emissions from the schools sector by two-thirds come 2030, and aiming for at least 20 per cent of schools to be carbon-neutral by then.
Bloomberg | Business schools teaching sustainability want to go green
To champion the environment, programmes must make it a core focus, and tackle the climate impacts of their operations.