The teacher-powered schools movement: Transforming teachers from industrial workers to professionals

Despite the number of highly educated people who become teachers, the traditional system treats teachers like industrial workers rather than professionals. Superintendents and principals send out directives that teachers must follow. In contrast, educators at teacher-powered schools take on truly professional roles, controlling the decisions that directly affect school operations and student learning. A recent … Read more

A study calls for teachers to ignore disruptive students to improve behaviour in classrooms

A recent study suggests that teachers should ignore low-level disruptive behaviour in the classroom in order to reduce it. The study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, found that rewarding well-behaved pupils with praise instead of focusing on poorly-behaved students, can improve the behaviour and mental health of school children. The study follows … Read more

Constantly learning is key to staying competitive

Workers who do not adopt a growth mindset and constantly upgrade themselves with learning, will be left behind in the current work environment which is in constant flux due to technology. Vice-president of talent and learning solutions for LinkedIn Asia-Pacific, Ms Ang, encourages the company’s employees to embrace learning, no matter which rung of the … Read more

University entry should consider students’ backgrounds and not just exam results

The university access watchdog in the UK has called for universities to take students’ background into account when awarding places. This is to improve “equality of opportunity” as A-Level grades are a “robust measure” only if the applicants’ “context” is also considered. The director of fair access and participation at the Office for Students’, Mr … Read more

Teach teens useful life skills

The recent news of the successful rescue of 12 young boys and their coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand has highlighted the importance of learning life skills which are not found in textbooks.  This is especially important today when many of our children are more sheltered. These are some life skills which … Read more