COVID Has Forced Us to Rethink Education and Exams

December 20, 2021

Many people have been concerned with the disruption to children’s education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early 2020, schools throughout the world have been shut during repeated national lockdowns. While some children are used to attending classes virtually, others struggle to even...

Should the Study of Extremism Be Part of the Curriculum?
November 22, 2021

Should the Study of Extremism Be Part of the Curriculum?

Education’s Struggle to Make Sense of Language
October 05, 2021

Education’s Struggle to Make Sense of Language

An Indian Journey From School to Homeschooling
September 21, 2021

An Indian Journey From School to Homeschooling

Critical Race Theory: A Dictatorship of the Woke?

Critical Race Theory: A Dictatorship of the Woke?

September 01, 2021

In Washoe County, Nevada, parents protest critical race theory (CRT), while a conservative group is pushing for teachers to wear body cameras to make sure they aren’t indoctrinating students. In Loudon county, Virginia, home to Leesburg, a town named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee,...

It’s Time to Make India’s Education Good Enough for All

It’s Time to Make India’s Education Good Enough for All

July 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has detrimentally impacted education systems worldwide. Of the 1.2 billion children that the coronavirus has thrown out of classrooms, at least one-third have no access to remote learning and hence no access to education. The UN estimates that 24 million children will not...

Can Dyslexia Be an Asset?

Can Dyslexia Be an Asset?

June 04, 2021

I'm a nationally syndicated columnist, author of several books and a speaker on global business, labor and economic trends. I'm also a beneficiary, not a victim, of dyslexia, a learning disability characterized by reading, writing and decoding difficulties. Why do I say beneficiary? Read...

Stop Treating Teachers as Cheap Labor

Stop Treating Teachers as Cheap Labor

June 01, 2021

When it comes to teaching, there is a common saying: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” This perception of the profession in the United States makes it a rather unattractive field. This might explain why public schools have been haunted by staffing problems for decades. US...

Is Bill Gates a Danger to Humanity?

Is Bill Gates a Danger to Humanity?

April 20, 2021

Bill Gates had his first extended moment in history at the end of the 20th century. He regularly appeared as the richest, but also the nerdiest, man on earth. His rarely eclipsed top ranking lasted for at least two decades. Perhaps bored by the idea of holding wealth, he eventually decided to...

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

January 19, 2021

Every publication has a worldview. Each cultivates a style of thought, ideology or philosophy designed to comfort the expectations of its readers and to confirm a shared way of perceiving the world around them. Even Fair Observer has a worldview, in which, thanks to the diversity of its...

Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

Two decades into the 21st century, humanity is faced with a plethora of unprecedented global crises. After SARS-1, multiple novel avian influenza strains, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the current COVID-19 pandemic is by far the most severe and widespread public health crisis in at least...

How Do People Learn?

How Do People Learn?

November 27, 2020

This week, Fair Observer featured an article with the title “Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity.” The authors, Deborah Brosnan, Andreas Rechkemmer and James Bohland make some important points related to the global crisis affecting education that the coronavirus pandemic...

“Human Work” Is the Key to Ending Income Inequality

“Human Work” Is the Key to Ending Income Inequality

November 23, 2020

A new report from the International Monetary Fund says that COVID-19 will increase income inequality in emerging markets and developing countries, “further widening the gap between rich and poor” and increasing the urgency for “investment in retraining and reskilling programs can...

India’s New Education Policy: Not Paying Attention

India's New Education Policy: Not Paying Attention

November 11, 2020

It was instructive that probably the most consequential event in the life of the Indian Republic merited nothing more than three pro-forma single-sentence references to “epidemics and pandemics” in the recently-adopted National Education Policy 2020. The policy must have been discussed and...

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