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The Education Technology Students Will Need—and Won’t—After Coronavirus

You’ve probably heard it over and over by now: The coronavirus crisis offers an opportunity to “reimagine education.” It’s become a mantra in education and business circles. For now, let’s ignore the fact that schools are having a hard enough time delivering education that has yet to be reconceived with the pandemic raging in many parts of the country. Let’s just look at the “reimagine” discussion on its own merits. What we hear in this international conversation is that “reimagining” really means adding more and more education technology into schooling, kids spending more or virtually all of their learning time on screens with programs supposedly individualized for each student. This post, by renowned master educator Andy Hargreaves, looks at the issue and explains what students are really going to need when all schools can reopen.  Complete Article HERE

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Education, Social Restrictions, and Justice in Taliban-Held Afghanistan

On February 29, 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement outlining a phased withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban commitments not to allow attacks on the US or its allies from Afghan territory . . . The troop withdrawal is expected to take place in parallel with negotiations between representatives from the Afghan government and other Afghan political groups and Taliban leaders. As negotiations advance, they will need to address concerns about protections of fundamental human rights, including the rights of women and girls; education; freedom of expression and the media; due process guarantees; as well as ending attacks on civilians and accountability for serious human rights abuses and war crimes. For this to happen, representatives from human rights and other civil society organizations, including women’s groups and victims’ representatives, should participate in the full range of discussions surrounding the intra-Afghan talks, including in plans for implementation following any agreement. Although the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the laws enacted in the years since 2002 include many human rights protections, implementation has been poor, including in areas under government control. Complete Report HERE

School Year Starts With Controversial Curriculum Changes

The nation’s pupils will start feeling the effects immediately of the appointment of Bayit Yehudi leader and Yamina Knesset candidate Rafi Peretz as education minister with the start of school on Sunday. The most significant change that Peretz already succeeded in making to the curriculum is that the Jewish Nation-State Law will be taught in Gr. 11 to all sectors of the population. It will also be on matriculation examinations, so pupils will not be able to bypass the information taught about the law. But opponents of the law said it is especially insensitive to require Arab and Druze students to learn about it.   Complete Article  HERE