Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”

Sep 17, 2020

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Africa faces an unprecedented level of starvation, poverty and suffering that will last far beyond 2020. A lack of medical facilities and resources to offset economic losses is expected to push 37.5 million more Africans into...

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19
Sep 14, 2020

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19

The Skies of Post-COVID Education Are Darkening
Sep 14, 2020

The Skies of Post-COVID Education Are Darkening

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic
Sep 12, 2020

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic

The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

Sep 11, 2020

India has had a wound around its Himalayan neck ever since it suffered a humiliating defeat to China in 1962. The recent clash between Indian and China soldiers in Galwan Valley on June 15 has only rubbed salt into that wound. It has come to this because when China invaded neighboring Tibet in...

Education’s Harsh Law of Classroom Supplies and Demand

Education’s Harsh Law of Classroom Supplies and Demand

Sep 02, 2020

Every good citizen should understand that education is the bedrock of civilization. At the very least, it keeps the children occupied while their parents are outside earning a living. Politicians claim that education is a top priority. But when cornered, they usually admit that budgeting education...

Britain Fails Its Exams

Britain Fails Its Exams

Aug 27, 2020

The Advanced Level Certificate (A-level), together with the General Certificate of Education (GCSE), is one of two sets of exams students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland has its own system) sit in the summer. The GCSE is a ticket to spending two years studying for A-levels,...

The 2020 US Census Could Threaten Human Rights

The 2020 US Census Could Threaten Human Rights

Aug 26, 2020

On July 21, President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented memo directing the commerce secretary to collect data on undocumented immigrants and remove them from the final population totals. The memo follows up on a July 2019 executive order that assigned the Census Bureau to determine how many...

The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes

The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes

Aug 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been labeled a children’s disaster, with particular concern being placed on the protection of minors. In this crisis, as with other crises and disasters, children have paid a high price, with tens of millions of them affected by the lockdowns caused by the...

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Aug 24, 2020

Fair Observer’s Atul Singh told me of his own friend, Pankaj, a father of three daughters. Pankaj was concerned that his daughters have been subjected to around three to seven hours a day of online classes, and he felt it was deeply wrong. I was invited by Fair Observer to write an article...

Will Millennials and Zoomers Save the Future?

Will Millennials and Zoomers Save the Future?

Aug 19, 2020

“All of you young people who served in the war. You are all a lost generation.” This famous phrase is credited to Gertrude Stein by Ernest Hemingway, who popularized it in the epigraph to his 1926 novel “The Sun also Rises.” The phrase encapsulates the feelings of a generation,...

Should Schools Rely on Ed Tech?

Should Schools Rely on Ed Tech?

Aug 12, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed their doors this spring, impacting the lives of 1.5 billion students around the world and sending teachers and school administrators scrambling to keep students connected to learning opportunities. To do this they deployed a range of old and new...

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

Aug 07, 2020

It is hard to think of impending natural hazard-related disasters in the middle of a global pandemic. But it is absolutely essential that policymakers do so. This year, due in part to climate change, scientists predict one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record. In fact, nine...

Redesigning Science Education Is Essential for India

Redesigning Science Education Is Essential for India

Jul 30, 2020

Every year, on Indian Science Day in February, India commemorates the discovery of the Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman. In 1930, Raman won the Nobel Prize in Physics and has been revered by Indians ever since. Fast forward to 2019, and the US National Science Foundation placed India third when...

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