Asia Education

Class size versus teacher quality

By Thu, Nov 18, 2010 2:10PM UTC

A recent research project undertaken by the Grattan Institute in Melbourne, Australia revealed that teachers are more important than class size.  Over the past few decades, Australia has spent a lot of money on education initiatives to reduce class size, yet this does not seem to have significantly improve schooling

Filipino student kicked out of Korean school for being gay

By Thu, Nov 18, 2010 12:27PM UTC

Original article in Korean is here. His light purple eyeshadow glowed softly over his long eyelashes. He has neat bobbed hair. He is 24-year-old “P”, a gay (homosexual) man from The Philippines who appears to be a woman. He has been attending a Catholic graduate school in Seoul since September.

Corporal punishment alternatives manual delayed

By Wed, Nov 17, 2010 12:24PM UTC

Original article in Korean is here. The Seoul Office of Education has pledged that by the end of the month it will distribute to schools a “Corporal Punishment Ban Manual” that was supposed to be available at the beginning of the current week. Schools and educational groups had asked for

UN chief asks SKorea to lift HIV test requirement

By Tue, Nov 16, 2010 3:18PM UTC

The South Korean prime minister’s office says that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Seoul to lift a rule forcing foreign language teachers to take an HIV test to enter the country. South Korea lifted a travel ban for most foreigners with the virus that causes AIDS in January. But

Seven skills students need for their future

By Mon, Nov 15, 2010 4:38PM UTC

  There are two major trends in the world that pose a fundamental challenge – and many opportunities – to our educational system. One is the world is shifting from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy. The other is the rising generation–brought up on the Internet–is very differently motivated

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