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This section provides a selection of automated education industry news feeds. The articles cover general education, education policy and education standards.
Bagehot: Duelling with Michael Gove
UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Subterranean capitalist blues Fly Title: Bagehot Rubric: Tristram Hunt, Labour’s new education spokesman, makes a good start on a crucial task Main image: 20131026_BRD000_0.jpg LIKE most intriguing British politicians of recent times, Tristram Hunt, Labour’s 39-year-old education spokesman, is hard to pigeonhole....Read article
Free exchange: Knowledge for earnings’ sake
UK Only Article: standard article Issue: The gated globe Fly Title: Free exchange Rubric: Good teachers have a surprisingly big impact on their pupils’ future income Main image: 20131012_FND000_0.jpg THERE are few policy questions to which improving the quality of education is not a reasonable answer. Yet assessing teachers is far from straightforward....Read article
The Economist explains: Why is Teach for America controversial?
TEACH FOR AMERICA (TFA), a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1990, places its young “corps members” at schools in poor areas to teach for two years. Most come fresh from college, and they learn mainly on the job. On September 10th a report for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of America's education department, suggested that TFA’s...Read article
The burden on students: Must not try harder
UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Fight this war, not the last one Fly Title: The burden on students Rubric: The education ministry tries to ban homework Location: BEIJING PURGES may be what political junkies are talking about, but for Chinese families the big issue recently has been homework. Children across the country have returned to their classrooms...Read article
Charter schools: Education labs
THIS week my colleague Bagehot has written about Britain’s Free Schools, which were partly inspired by America’s charter schools. This new type of British school has significant autonomy from local government and a lot more flexibility over the curriculum than traditional schools. Their American cousins have triggered some interesting economic research.Charter schools were launched...Read article
The Economist explains: Why are Mexico’s teachers wielding axes?
TEACHERS’ strikes normally involve nothing more extreme than an orderly march and some well-punctuated placards. In Mexico they are more serious affairs. In recent days teachers have gone berserk in the south-western state of Guerrero, setting fires and attacking the offices of political parties with home-made weapons. What made them swap their board-rubbers for baseball bats?The...Read article
Education in Chile: Beyer gets the boot
HARALD BEYER is an unassuming kind of guy. Before becoming Chile’s education minister he worked for more than 20 years at Santiago’s Centre for Public Studies, a think-tank. He published papers on inequality, the labor market and, above all, education. It’s fair to describe him as an educational nerd. There are few people in the country who know as much about the subject as he...Read article
Standards-based tests and public schooling: Unprepared
EVERY child in the third through eighth grade in New York’s public schools will be asked to sit this week for three days of testing in the English Language Arts, to be followed by another three days of mathematics assessment next week. This has been the ritual in New York for some time, a sign of spring as sure as the first daffodils. But this year promises greater anxiety than usual:...Read article