Tag: education

Lovetta David: Helping to Revolutionize Education in Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA--Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and has an education system to match. According to the Liberian Demographic and Health Survey, in rural areas, 66%…

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As Record Numbers of U.S. Women Run for Office, One Michigan Candidate Explains Why

LANSING, MICHIGAN—Gretchen Whitmer had her #MeToo moment before it was even a movement. Back in 2013, Ms. Whitmer, as the Democratic minority leader of the Michigan Senate, stood up and…

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Jelena Djokovic Talks Busy Schedules, Childhood Education and What Makes a Good Teacher

MONTE CARLO AND LONDON VIA EMAIL: Jelena Djokovic is one of those people who seems to somehow eek more than 24 hours out of a day. The 31-year-old wife of…

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For Disadvantaged South African Girls, A STEM Alternative

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—As the Lego robot started driving around the classroom, 12-year-old Likhona Maginindare, who wants to be a transplant surgeon when she grows up, started jumping up and down with excitement. But when the robot’s shovel-like mechanism at the front did not lift up and move like it was supposed to Ms. Maginindare and the four other pre-teen girls in her after school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) group were told by their teacher to go back to the board where the instructions were posted to find what they had done wrong with their coding. After a lot of concentration, conversation and giggles, the girls recoded the robot and –viola—the robot’s front end lifted up. Theirs joined the other three robots, programmed by their fellow classmates, in revving around the room bumping into each other as the girls looked on with enthusiasm.

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Her Stories: Information Everywhere But What Are Students Learning?

DENVER--Fake news is a buzzword right now but its impact is far from fake. I teach at a middle school in Denver, Colorado where students are asked to examine a…

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No Time to Watch Clouds : A School Day in the Life of 14-Year-Old Fatima

BAGAMOYO, TANZANIA—Fatima* sat quietly in the classroom as her more outgoing and eager female classmates told us about their school lives—walking to school, how much housework they have to do…

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Interview with Public Health Pioneer Marni Sommer

LONDON/NEW YORK VIA SKYPE: When Marni Sommer, an associate professor of sociomedical science at New York’s Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, was working on her doctorate in public…

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Six Months Later and Still No Ruling on Child Marriage Law in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA—Upendo Lotuma made a lucky escape. If her father had had his way, she would have been married off at the age of 15. But Ms. Lotuma…

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