A number of educators and experts believe that blended learning has huge potential in India, which struggles to meet its educational needs and recruit enough qualified teachers. The blended-learning push comes as officials are increasingly concerned about the state of educational standards in the country.
A nonprofit organisation in Germany is supporting a toy-free kindergarten project. The programme requires that all toys be removed from classrooms for three months, while students develop their own ideas, interact socially, and learn to cope with their own boredom and frustration without toys.
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Students who feel encouraged by their teachers may be more likely to continue their education after high school, according to a study of 4,300 students in England. Researchers found that the positive effects were greater among students with average grades and parents with limited education.
School officials in Tijuana, Mexico, have developed an educational programme for students returning from the US. Educators say such students may not be fluent in Spanish, so the programme allows students to speak English and receive one-on-one tutoring.
Officials in England are discussing a program in which data from the Facebook accounts of students and their parents could be used to predict performance. Officials say their review would be restricted to open online forums of individuals and groups on social media.
Requiring more maths and science courses in high school, sometimes known as "curriculum intensification," may undercut female students' confidence in their skills, according to a study in the Journal of Educational Psychology. Researchers found that the approach yields gains for male and female students, but fewer female students than males then enrolled in maths classes at a university.
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