It's time to stop institutionalised discrimination.

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Issue 19: 16 June 2020
Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments in education.
Creating a more diverse learning ecosystem

Citizens in the United States and in countries around the world are taking to the streets to campaign for equal rights for all. The movement sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd has also ignited a renewed appeal for change in education systems. Calls have been made in the UK and the US to include minority history, culture and achievements in school curricula, as excluding minority representation in school curriculum can give children skewed representations of their societies and a tinted world view.

By no fault of theirs, teachers may also unknowingly perpetuate stereotypes. Changing the system thus means educating teachers and bringing role models into schools, be it recruiting teachers from diverse cultural groups or including literature by minorities or those featuring minority protagonists.

Discrimination has been present in society for far too long. It’s time for governments and schools to create a more diverse learning ecosystem.
Education in the Spotlight
In a connected world, children's fate is everyone’s fate. Their education needs to be everyone’s concern.

Photo credit: Vitaliy Paykov
After decades fighting for girls’ education, school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could cause gender equality in education to be set back decades.
Starting from kindergarten, New Jersey students will keep studying the topic through graduation under the new education standards.

Photo credit: Jasper Wilde
Transcripts record the ways in which our values have been translated into practice through scheduling. How will transcripts look like post-pandemic?
The brain, whether learning on campus, fully online or in a blended environment, is the organ of learning. It's only natural that we turn to brain research to improve learning.
Knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination are key roles of universities. Should universities create parallel tracks for faculty to choose their career pathways?

Photo credit: Pixabay
Universities are key to enabling Australian society to transition to a safer and lower emissions pathway. But what roles should they play?
Focusing on skills can help one find and keep a job, but focusing on occupational pathways can help one develop a meaningful career.
In many Asian countries, there are too many universities and not enough students. Diversifying admissions to include lifelong learners may be the way forward.

Photo credit: Nathan Dumlao
COVID-19 Teaching Resource
Our friends over at the Children & Youth Science Center of CAST have developed a set of free courses consisting of 15 activities to help teachers guide students to carry out scientific activities on the theme of the 2019-nCoV virus. This resource helps students scientifically understand the virus and the outbreak, understand the basic protective methods and measures, and take appropriate actions to deal with it.

That's all for the week!
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