EDUCATION

Retraining workers automated out of the workforce; blending the digital and the physical in the classroom; democratizing credentialing—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of education.

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https://www.vox.com/2019/3/27/18226303/public-private-school-choice
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Vox
The numbers on education inequality are stark.
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https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/education-reform-inequality-jobs-economy/
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Jacobin Magazine
Better education won't fix inequalities rooted in capitalism.
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https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/the-unregulated-world-of-strength-coaches-and-college-footballs-killing-season/
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CBS
When all that's needed is a 21-hour course to become a certified NCAA strength coach, is anyone actually considering the best interests of student-athletes?
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https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/12/machine-learning-has-transformed-google-translate/
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Mother Jones
Alex Tabarrok draws my attention to an article in the New York Times Magazine this weekend. It’s about machine learning in general, but it starts out with this: Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when […]
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https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/28/chinese-schools-are-testing-ai-that-grades-papers-almost-as-well-as-teachers/
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VentureBeat
Some schools in China are using AI to grade students’ papers, and even offer suggestions where appropriate.
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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/07/rich-and-poor-teenagers-spend-a-similar-amount-of-time-online-so-why-aren-t-we-closing-the-digital-divide?utm_content=buffer45b99&amp%3Butm_medium=social&amp%3Butm_source=twitter.com&amp%3Butm_campaign=buffer
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We Forum
Poorer teenagers spend roughly the same time online as their wealthier classmates. But they're using this time differently, and it's counting against them.
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https://www.nbcnews.com/business/personal-finance/burdened-record-amount-debt-graduates-delay-marriage-n219371
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NBC News
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https://lithub.com/the-role-of-librarians-in-a-historical-age-of-obsession/
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Literary Hub
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https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-challenge-to-retain-second-career-teachers
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The University of Melbourne
The COVID-19 economic downturn means more career-changers may enter teaching, but we need to do more to ensure they stay, say University of Melbourne experts
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https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/13/17855358/jeff-bezos-day-one-fund-nonprofit-preschool-amazon
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The Verge
A year after asking for suggestions on philanthropy, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is unveiling his first projects. The highlight will be the creation of a network for nonprofit preschools that are to be built in low-income communities and accept students at no charge.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/12/art-basel/383566/
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The Atlantic
The food industry's success in bringing elite tastes to the mainstream should be an example for the Art Basel crowd.
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https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/mar/28/paywalls-block-scientific-progress-research-should-be-open-to-everyone
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The Guardian
To democratise scholarly publishing, individual academics need to take action
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https://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2019-09-30/california-to-let-college-athletes-make-money-defying-ncaa
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US News
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http://www.mtv.com/news//3158015/facial-recognition-technology-college-campuses/
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MTV
And if facial surveillance ever works perfectly, it will be even more dangerous
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https://www.nature.com/news/many-junior-scientists-need-to-take-a-hard-look-at-their-job-prospects-1.22879
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Nature
Permanent jobs in academia are scarce, and someone needs to let PhD students know.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/08/02/131198/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/
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MIT
Zhou Yi was terrible at math. He risked never getting into college. Then a company called Squirrel AI came to his middle school in Hangzhou, China, promising personalized tutoring. He had tried tutoring services before, but this one was different: instead of a human teacher, an AI algorithm would curate his lessons. The 13-year-old decided…
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https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/30/students-trust-libraries-more-borrowing-books-report-says
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Inside Higher Ed
A new report analyzing what students need the most found they often chose the library as a top destination for services.
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https://www.createdigital.org.au/fixing-stems-leaky-pipeline-requires-cultural-change/
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Create Digital
Known as the “leaky pipeline”, statistics show we lose women at crucial points in the career path.
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https://aeon.co/essays/adolescence-is-no-longer-a-bridge-between-childhood-and-adult-life
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Aeon
In the 20th century it offered a bridge from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adult life. Not any more
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https://www.governing.com/topics/education/tns-nevada-teachers-will-strike.html
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Governing
The union's executive director, John Vellardita, said the Legislature failed to allocate sufficient funds to the Clark County School District that could cover promised teacher raises without cutting resources in the classroom.
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http://mediashift.org/2015/07/audience-analytics-changing-journalism-education/
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Media Shift
Discuss audience analytics with any group of journalists and at least one person is going to start complaining about click-bait or pandering. It’s true that the information you get from taking a deep dive into the data on how your audience accesses and consumes your content could lead your news or...