At least 34 states and the District of Columbia have implemented cuts to K-12 education.
At least 43 states have implemented cuts to public colleges and universities and/or made large increases in college tuition to make up for insufficient state funding. In this edition of the show we ask people in New York City: Is public education in America facing a crisis?
They have been mired in mis-selling scandals, forced into nationalisation and accused of Libor rate fixing. Now high street banks are to be invited into the classroom to teach children about financial education, it has been reported. Banks included Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and Lloyds would be considered for a list of groups given permission to use branded material and make presentations in English primary and secondary schools from September 2014, according to the Financial Times.
The War on Kids is a 2009 documentary film about the American school system. The film takes a look at public school education in America and concludes that schools are not only failing to educate, but are increasingly authoritarian institutions more akin to prisons that are eroding the foundations of American democracy. Students are robbed of basic freedoms primarily due to irrational fears; they are searched, arbitrarily punished and force-fed dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The educational mission of the public school system has been reduced from one of learning and preparation for adult citizenship to one of control and containment.
Drawn up by Thomas Docherty, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, and launched last summer, his Bill calls for financial literacy to be included in the National Curriculum.
This sounds like a no-brainer. What’s not to like about giving future generations of British consumers a better grasp of how to manage their money as well as the nous to fend off slippery financial salesmen?
University social gap ‘narrows’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20245187
http://bit.ly/Poq04R Parents’ fury at school’s plans to close on Friday afternoons… so staff can catch up on paperwork … #MailOnline
Teacher training tests toughened http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20083249
The scrapping of the cane has led to a deterioration in children’s behaviour at school, according to teachers.
Sanctions available to schools since corporal punishment was abolished 25 years ago are ‘totally inadequate’ at reasserting authority in the classroom and lack the same deterrent effect, they said yesterday.
While rejecting a return to the cane, members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers condemned existing sanctions such as detention and suspension.
‘Novel’ punishments are needed to allow teachers to reassert their authority in the classroom, they said.
Delegates at the association’s annual conference voted unanimously for research into ‘effective’ disciplinary methods.
‘When corporal punishment was abolished nothing was put in its place that had equivalent deterrent powers,’ said Julian Perfect, a teacher from London.
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Many parents are taking their children out of the formal school system in favour of a freer way of learning.
It is not home schooling, where the standard curriculum is taught by parents or tutors. They call it unschooling, where youngsters are encouraged to explore the things they want to learn about or for which they have a specific talent.
In Berlin, we meet a young American who turned his back on school by the time he was 11-years-old. Dale J. Stevens is writing a book that he describes as “a practical guide to learning the skills that school doesn‘t teach but are requisite for success in the real world”. It is based on his experiences as an unschooler but also incorporates the stories of other people who found success in non-traditional ways.
In Paris, we meet the Stern family. André Stern is a well-known name in the world of… Continue reading