👨🎓 Enrollment Problems, 💥 Change Catalyst, 🚨 Crime in Schools & More!
SmartEdu News 2024-01-18
🇺🇸 U.S. EDUCATION
Schools report reduced violent crime and drug incidents, but hate crimes rose to 3%. Middle schools face more violence and bullying, while high schools show fewer drug offenses. Explore the facts shaping the current state of school safety.
States like Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, and New Jersey leverage National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data to drive education improvements, setting goals and overhauling standards. Districts, including Philadelphia and Baltimore, use NAEP data for strategic planning.
As of 2023, 30 colleges, including 14 nonprofit and 16 for-profit institutions, have closed their campuses, signaling a growing trend. Financial challenges, compounded by pandemic-induced enrollment declines, are putting many institutions at risk. Predictions indicate that by 2040, 566 colleges may face a 25% decline, necessitating strategic planning, potential mergers, or closures for survival.
New Stanford University research shows that short, regular tutoring sessions, lasting 5-7 minutes, significantly improve reading skills for first graders in Florida's Broward County.
🌎 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Why 140,000 Pupils are ‘Severely Absent’ From School in England
In 2023, a staggering 140,000 children in England were classified as "severely absent" from school—a 134% surge since pre-pandemic times. Citing reasons like redundancies and insufficient funding, the situation prompted the launch of the Centre for Young Lives. This initiative, championing a children-first approach, calls for substantial investment in infrastructure and a government committed to a 10-year plan. Backed by universities, the center aims to address disparities, push for policy changes, and measure progress annually, striving for a brighter future for the younger generation.
In the UK, a Cambridge University study indicates that girls consistently outshine boys academically from primary school to university. Despite these strides, the research underscores persistent gender gaps in employment, highlighting issues like pay discrepancies and limited opportunities. The study emphasizes ongoing challenges in achieving gender balance, particularly in STEM fields.
This year, UNESCO dedicates the International Day of Education on January 24th to underscore the essential role of education and teachers in combating the escalating issue of hate speech. This phenomenon has gained momentum in recent years, particularly with the widespread use of social media, causing harm to the fabric of our societies.
The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, has confirmed plans for a military course, led by Defence Minister Ivan Anušić, aimed at teenagers. The one-month course would cover first aid, weapons handling, and nuclear and chemical protection. The move is a response to perceived security threats globally.
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