The pandemic has presented us with an opportunity to revolutionise education

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Issue 39: 3 November 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.  
Turning crisis into opportunity

As much as the pandemic has been devastating to education and schoolchildren worldwide, it has also presented an opportunity to rethink how we can make learning a more enjoyable and holistic experience.

Wales has announced an ambitious reform to modernise its curriculum and to nurture capable, confident and creative learners. Schools will be expected to design their own curriculum using a common national framework, and teachers will be transformed from curriculum deliverers to curriculum makers.

Over in the United States, standards-based grading is picking up steam. More schools are grading students based on their mastery of concepts and skills, often at their own pace, as a more equitable form of assessment. 

If we grasp this moment of opportunity wisely, we can revolutionise education and give every child the resources and support they need to truly learn, grow and flourish.
Education in the Spotlight
Estonia has not only done well during lockdown, it has established itself in recent years as the new education powerhouse of Europe, outperforming even Finland in the international Pisa tests.
Netflix personalises their recommendations based on 75,000 categories. If we could take that level of personalisation and technology to online learning, it could transform the world.

Seeking ways to teach safely during the pandemic, schools across the United States have embraced the idea of classes in the open air, as Americans did during disease outbreaks a century ago.
The pandemic has exacerbated inequalities in families’ economic, health and educational resources that will tax low-income parents’ ability to pursue and realise their goals.

Stop assigning kids to public schools based on their home addres. We must create the opportunity for willing parents to hire the schools and teachers that best work for their kids.
Through subjects such as science, geography and social studies, Singapore students are exposed to topics like climate change, the driving forces of globalisation, and racial or religious conflicts.
Many universities have made a start, but they must be more ambitious as climate action leaders. All universities can and should take meaningful and visible action.

That's all for the week!
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