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03 January 2013  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • UK teachers make predictions for education in the new year
    In this blog post, teachers in the United Kingdom offer their predictions for education in 2013. Among them are Tom Sherrington, head teacher at Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, England, who predicts more involvement among educators in education policy. Andrew Jones, head of religious studies and sociology at Goffs School in Cheshunt, England, suggests 2013 will bring new questions about religious education. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (30 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are overcrowded Philippines classrooms squeezing out learning?
    The writer of this opinion article expresses concern about the overcrowded education system in the Philippines, where some classes enrol as many as 80 students. Peter Wallace writes that, instead, 30 students are the maximum a teacher should have at one time, and 25 is the ideal. With such large class sizes, students in the Philippines are missing out on a personalised education, Wallace writes, and one in which they are doing more than simply learning by rote. Philippine Daily Inquirer (26 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Australia to offer an easier maths option for students
    Students in years 11 and 12 in Australia soon will have the option of taking an easier maths course, causing some educators to be concerned that students who should take more challenging courses will not. The new maths course, Essential Maths, is part of the national curriculum and was designed for students who would benefit from a slower pace in maths and may have struggled in Year 10. The course also teaches students how to use maths in their daily lives. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Leadership 
  • Is technology being used against teachers in Scotland?
    With the increased popularity of social-networking websites and mobile devices has come the increased use of such devices to attack teachers, says Margaret Smith, president of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association. Smith recently described how technology is sometimes used to target and ridicule teachers and said greater discipline is needed for students who commit such acts. Yahoo/The Press Association (U.K.) (02 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regional Spotlight 
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief highlights education practices and policies in specific regions to give readers more in-depth insight into that country or region's education system. This edition focuses on China.

  • Should Chinese schools focus on memorisation?
    Alistair Clow, a United Kingdom student in China, writes in this blog post about China's focus on memorisation as the foundation for education. While some have criticised the approach, which goes against the trend in Western countries, Chinese education ranks high in international comparisons, Clow writes. "Whereas Westerners see memorisation and understanding as mutually exclusive, Chinese tend to see them as related phenomena," explains professor An Ran, dean of international education at South China University of Technology. The Guardian (London)/Blogging Students (02 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some call for changes to university entrance process in China
    The story of one student has ignited calls for reform of university entrance procedures in China. Now, some cities are moving to change the household registration system, known as hukou, under which high-school students are eligible to take university entrance exams only where they are registered, putting the children of migrant workers at a disadvantage. However, some say that even the proposed reforms do not do enough to help the situation. Reuters (30 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reform and Research 
  • Educators in England debate best design for schools
    In England, Education Secretary Michael Gove is being criticised for his plans to build 261 replacement primary and secondary schools using a simplified design for smaller schools that include no frills or curves. Gove also has dismissed the findings of a study that says the design and environment of school buildings can have an effect on students' performance. The Guardian (London) (31 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • Attending ASCD's Annual Conference in Chicago? Get ready with the Pinterest board!
    Educators from around the globe are getting excited to attend the premier professional development event of 2013. ASCD's Annual Conference Pinterest board features videos from presenters, attendees and luminaries, as well as hotel information, early bird specials and more.
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  • The education blog to add to your reading list
    Where can you find the latest blog posts on topics such as professional development, the Common Core and more? ASCD's official blog, Inservice, has plenty of posts to inform your education practice. Plus, you'll find news about the association's PD resources, new publications, conferences and institutes. Check out all of the posts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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