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· February, 2008

Stories about Education from February, 2008

China: Thoughts and debates on the name-calling professor

  28 February 2008

The start was in fact very simple. In 2007, Professor Zhong Hua at Sichuan Normal University issued an article entitled Cultural Studies and the Lost of Literary Theory in the 11th issue of “Literature and Art Studies”, one of the core academic journals in China, criticizing an academic work entitled...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Land Lover

  28 February 2008

“It's time for us to concentrate more on growing what we eat even though far too many of us consider farming as something that the educated should steer away from”: Blogging from St. Vincent, Abeni advocates going back to the land.

China: Harmonious Olympic Make-up

  27 February 2008

Angel apple from Duller feels sick of local Beijing Olympic news report. Some local newspapers keep on publishing guidelines and reminding citizens how to behave harmoniously during Olympic. For example, women are advised to wear light make-up.

Is President Bingu Malawi's “Moses”?

  26 February 2008

Some artists read the times and strategise accordingly. A popular song titled Mose wa Lero by Joseph Nkasa makes many Malawians sing along even if they did not want to because of the way the artist has related the biblical Moses to Malawi's president Bingu wa Mutharika. In the song which is on Mutharika's blog, the artist Nkasa says Mutharika has led Malawians move out of Egypt where they had hunger and different problems.

Jamaica, Bermuda: Rogue Children

  26 February 2008

“A Bermudian member of parliament…is convinced that when you have ‘bad bruk pickney’ you must punish parents as it is the parents whose responsibility it is to ensure that children are socialised properly”: Jamaican Lifestyle hopes that “the sentiments of one man won’t be the basis of a policy that...

Burkina Faso: teachable moments, missing bathrooms and road rage

  25 February 2008

Pity the school teachers of the Peace Corps. While their compatriots toiling in health clinics or with micro-credit programs pretty much work loose hours and come and go from social events in the capital city at their leisure, teachers are stuck at home with a inflexible schedule, classrooms full of hundreds of students and loads and loads of homework to correct each night.

Bermuda: Education System

  25 February 2008

Bermuda Longtail thinks that “discipline is an aspect of the education system that…needs some careful consideration when we look at revamping the education system.”

Hong Kong: The Death of a Bookseller

  25 February 2008

Law Chi Wah, a well known independent book store owner in Hong Kong, was killed by the collapsing book boxes in his small warehouse before Lunar New Years. His body was found two weeks later, already rotten. Douban (zh) has set up a special page for this book martyr. His...

Bahrain: Lost causes?

  22 February 2008

Recently a number of bloggers have complained about a lack of real education, a lack of critical thinking, and a lack of political engagement in Bahrain. Ayesha Saldanha tunes into the Bahraini blogosphere to bring us the story.

Afganistan: Story Behind Pictures

  22 February 2008

Mohammad posts a number of pictures of Afghanistan's children in “schools” in remote areas, and says that the current authorities spend billions of western aids on luxurious houses, top model cars and jewelry instead of improving humanitarian situation.

Barbados: Hair Them Out

  22 February 2008

“Why should these young men be barred from finishing their studies and leading productive lives because they made a hairstyle choice?”: Cheese-on-bread! blogs about the latest controversy in Barbados – students being banned from classes because of how they choose to wear their hair.

Armenia: Realpolitik and Blat

  21 February 2008

The BBC's Matthew Collin provides readers of his blog, This is Tbilisi Calling, with a very depressing and sobering look at how some feel about this week's presidential election in Armenia.

Jamaica: School's Out

  21 February 2008

“Jamaican teachers have taken a stand that they will no longer tolerate the impish, rude, violent and classless behaviour which takes place in our schools”: Jamaican Lifestyle blogs about the island's “bad behaving school children.”

Chile: Participation in OLPC

  21 February 2008

Educalibre [es] finds the comments of Nicholas Negroponte as curious, in reference to Chile's decision to join the countries that have pursued the One Laptop Per Child project.

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