Australian school incorporates Buddhist teachings | Chinese officials review proposed language, literature textbook revisions | Academy expands access to boarding school to London's inner-city students
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12 November 2014
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Learning and Teaching
Australian school incorporates Buddhist teachings
The first Buddhist primary school in Australia, started in 2009, incorporates the Buddhist philosophy into all aspects of schooling, with a focus on generosity, loving speech and deep listening, body responsibility, mindful consumption and reverence for life. Administrators said the school is expecting 60 students next year, drawn by the focus on the whole child. Australian Teacher Magazine online (07 Nov.)
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Chinese officials review proposed language, literature textbook revisions
Chinese education officials are reviewing proposed changes to Chinese language and literature textbooks used in primary and middle schools that would promote studies of the country's traditional and cultural heritage. If approved, the new textbooks are expected to appear in schools in September 2015. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Sinosphere blog (04 Nov.)
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Professional Development
Is PD for teachers overshadowed by exam prep in UK schools?
Data supporting the importance of professional development for teachers and other steps that can be taken to improve education often are pushed aside in favor of preparing students for exams, suggests Simon Smith, deputy head of a UK academy. In this commentary, he writes about the benefits of the independent system, which gives some relief from exams. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (07 Nov.)
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Leadership and Governance
S. Korea to research benefits of later start to school day
The superintendent of schools in Seoul, South Korea, is leading a public debate on whether school start times should be moved to 9am beginning in 2015 to help improve students' physical and mental health. The move, some assert, could help students get more sleep and improve their academic performance. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Korea Realtime blog (05 Nov.)
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China sees push for more robotics technology in schools, homes
Robotics is taking off in China as an educational tool, with robots being developed to teach students to sort and count. Officials say the surge in interest in robotics is tied -- in part -- to the popularity of movies, such as "Transformers". China Daily (Beijing) (10 Nov.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Australian educators use role-playing to teach creative writing
Nick Sutcliffe and his fellow teacher at an Australia secondary school have created a role-playing system for students to use to learn creative-writing skills. In this commentary, Sutcliffe says the lessons have been especially useful in engaging students who had checked out of traditional English lessons. EducationHQ (06 Nov.)
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