· January, 2008

Stories about Education from January, 2008

China: A melee in and out of the college

  19 January 2008

A physical brawl between a college profeesor and his girl student in class incurred unusually opposite voices. The situation was even more complicated due to the resignation of another professor and was ending in a political debate between the liberal and the left wing.

Ukraine: Crimean Politicians

  18 January 2008

Orange Ukraine writes on how Crimean politicians “are asking for testing of Ukrainian language to be conducted in Russian” – or else they wouldn't let the country's PM enter the peninsula.

Russia, UK: View From BC's Former Employee

  17 January 2008

Interesting insight into the British Council scandal from Dmitri Minaev of De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis – in this post's comments section at Siberian Light: “These attacks never really stopped, but the British embassy managed to keep the offices running till in 2007 Russia finally demanded that some offices be...

Russia, U.K.: More on the British Council

  17 January 2008

Ongoing coverage of the British Council row – at A Step At A Time: “An interesting feature of the present crisis, which was obviously prepared in advance by the Russian authorities, is the flooding of British media comments boards (the Mail and Telegraph are the two leading examples at present)...

China: Contradictory Statistic

  17 January 2008

In a Shanghai survey 76% of the primary and secondary school students said that they had never been to the Arts Museum while 84% said that they like the Arts Museum. Zhang-qing wonders how the two figures can co-exist (zh).

Jamaica: Crime Analysis

  16 January 2008

“Just in case any Jamaican is scratching their head wondering where much of our crime comes from, it's not only from a poor economy and significant disparity”: Francis Wade explains…

Tajikistan: Freezing Schools

  16 January 2008

Vadim reports that because of the cold classes in secondary schools were cancelled by teachers, but not by the Ministry of Education. At the same time, he opines that teachers should keep on working, as not going to school will not save students from getting cold-related diseases because most of...

Jamaica, Haiti: Every Life Counts

  15 January 2008

“We must refuse to accept any idea that does not hold every human life as priceless. Every life counts”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp draws on an experience he shared with Haitian writer Félix Morisseau-Leroy to emphasize the dangers of becoming immune to disturbing news.

China: University School Fee

  11 January 2008

Some scholars suggested that China should raise university school fee as the poor only constitutes 10% of the university population, government subsidy is sponsoring the rich. Wei Yinjie from my1510 points out that at present the wealth redistribution mechanism is not functioning and the income disparity political, not caused by...

China: Discrimination Against Illegitimate Child

  10 January 2008

A 17 years old girl, Ling Ling, committed suicide because she didn't have a proper household registration (her mother was not married when giving birth) and could not apply for university. Liu Xiaoming criticizes the Beijing family planning committee regulation for discrimination against illegitimate child (zh).

Kazakhstan: Pranks and Politics

  10 January 2008

The row of dayoffs in Kazakhstan brought a dead season for news and blogosphere, following the 2005 law on national holidays, which made both Qurban Eid and Christian Orthodox Christmas non-working days along with the New Year celebrations. However, some developments were discussed by the bloggers, who have noticed some...

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