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05 February 2013  
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Education News from Around the World

  Learning and Teaching 
  • Israeli, Palestinian textbooks are the subject of review
    Israeli and Palestinian textbooks both present one-sided versions of history and current events, according to Israeli, Palestinian and American academics who conducted a study of the material. The Israeli and Palestinian textbooks have long been the subject of criticism, with some saying they each serve to demonize the other and are meant to incite hatred. "There's no hate speech. There is no incitement. There's selective narratives," Palestinian scholar Sami Adwan, of Bethlehem University, said. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Money lessons for Australian students make cents
    Selected high schools in Australia will test MoneySmart, a financial-literacy curriculum developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. A similar programme already is in place in the country's primary schools. Under the secondary-school programme, students are expected to learn about "invisible money," and study practical applications, such as comparing mobile-phone contracts and considering whether it makes sense to buy bottled water. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (05 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S. Korean student offers ways to battle senioritis
    In this blog post, Karielle Stephanie Gam, a senior at an international high school in South Korea, shares seven tips to help her fellow students battle senioritis, which typically sets in around this time of year. She suggests considering what could happen if achievement falls in the second half of the year and remembering the importance of finishing strong. She also recommends getting enough sleep, remembering vaccinations and keeping checklists. The Huffington Post/The Blog (02 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Well Played gives you 25 field-tested math games and puzzles that go beyond computational fluency to engage students in grades 3-5 with key mathematical concepts. Step-by-step directions, materials, and reproducibles help you implement each game or puzzle, and examples illustrate how they play out in the classroom. Preview the entire book online!

  Professional Leadership 
  • Proposal would outlaw teacher strikes in S. Africa
    Efforts by South Africa's African National Congress to improve education include a proposal to make it illegal for teachers to go on strike. While the ANC says the strikes take up valuable teaching time and are detrimental to the education system, The South African Democratic Teachers Union said other matters should be addressed, such as a lack of training and teaching materials. Reuters (04 Feb.) 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 Ireland.

  • Teacher training undergoing overhaul in Ireland
    A recent report from the Higher Education Authority in Ireland finds that plans to overhaul teacher training in the country are making progress, despite resistance from a small number of teaching colleges. Among the recommended changes are to reduce the number of teaching colleges. The Irish Times (Dublin) (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Ireland has higher rate of cyberbullying
    A recent study finds that about 25% of youths ages 9 to 16 in Ireland have been victims of cyberbullying -- a rate that is above the average for European countries. In many cases, the study finds, parents are unaware of the bullying, the effects of which can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of months or more. Responses to the bullying ranged from talking to friends and parents to blocking the aggressor online. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your curriculum. Author and visual literacy expert Steve Moline guides teachers with activities and scores of examples that naturally progress from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Click here now for details!

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  Reform and Research 
  • Australia could stop funding of laptop programme
    In Australia, parents are being asked to lease computers for students as funding for laptop computers for high-school students runs out in June. Officials say that with funding eliminated, aging computers that are unable to be used will not be replaced. To help, schools are offering the leasing option and asking students to bring their own computers. Unless a deal is reached on funding the programme, officials say it will be impossible to maintain the current one-to-one ratio of students to laptops. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (03 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: S. Korean schools should focus on whole child
    Some are calling on schools in South Korea to help teach students better values, following the results of a survey that finds more than half of respondents believe that students lack morality. Among the ideas for improving students' values are implementing personality and creativity education, and -- for older students -- there should be a focus on career and sex education as well, survey respondents said. The Korea Times (Seoul) (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  ASCD News 
  • Equity and access
    The ASCD Forum discussion around teacher and principal effectiveness began with a crucial question: How do we give students around the world equitable access to effective educators? In a recent post, ASCD EDge community member Michael DeCaprio presents three possible answers: "We could 'clean house,' we could go 'grass roots,' or districts could focus on developing internal capacity. This third option seems to hold the most promise in my eyes." Read on.
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  • We're streaming 22 sessions from the year's top education event
    If you can't make it to Chicago in March for the ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, you don't have to miss out on the conference experience. We'll be live-streaming and archiving sessions presented by Sandra Day O'Connor, Freeman Hrabowski III, Maya Angelou and many others. Sign up for the 2013 ASCD Virtual Conference to watch more than 30 hours of conference content and to gain access to archived sessions until September. Learn more.
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