Pearson’s chairman needs more lessons on how to say ‘no’

A while ago, Lombard likened Pearson to Philip Larkin’s description of a good book — “a beginning, a muddle and an end”. John Fallon will reach his end as chief executive this week. But he leaves the business still in a muddle and its chairman Sidney Taurel right in the middle. And it is still not clear that Pearson has good tale to tell.

Mr Fallon presided over seven profit warnings during the seven years he was chief executive. And Mr Taurel, recruited in 2016, was there for at least four of them. 

Mr Fallon’s plan was to turn the media and publishing conglomerate into a focused online education business, selling off the Financial Times among other assets. That has done a lot to strengthen Pearson’s balance sheet but little else.

The past five years have been marked by disappointments, poor sales growth and erosion in margins and market share

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How Can Video-Conferenced Lessons Affect Learning for the Youngest Students?

What the Research Says

Preschool and early elementary teachers face some of the greatest unknowns when dealing with remote learners during the pandemic. There has been very little research on very young students learning remotely, but emerging research on video lessons could provide clues for educators working to stem learning loss.

One new analysis in the journal Child Development finds that children ages 6 and under scored, on average across tests and learning domains, half of a standard deviation higher if they had been taught information via face-to-face instruction compared to video. To put that in context, if young children learning through video performed at the 50th percentile on a given assessment, those learning in-person would be performing at the 69th percentile.

Researchers Gabrielle Strouse of the University of South Dakota and Jennifer Samson of Queens University of Charlotte analyzed the effects of video lessons on children ages 6 and

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Christian school worker loses sacking claim for posting about LGBT lessons

A school worker who claimed she was sacked because of her Christian beliefs is to appeal after losing her employment tribunal case.

Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire, last year after sharing Facebook posts criticising plans to teach LGBT relationships in primary schools.

The mother-of-two, from Fairford, shared and commented on posts which raised concerns about relationship education at her son’s Church of England primary school.

Students were to learn about the No Outsiders in Our School programme, which is a series of books teaching the Equality Act in primary schools.

Mrs Higgs, who was posting on Facebook under her maiden name, shared two posts in October 2018 to around 100 friends.

One of the posts referred to “brainwashing our children” and added: “Children will be taught that all relationships are equally valid and ‘normal’, so that same sex marriage is exactly

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iD Tech is Revolutionizing STEM Learning with Fun, Personalized Online Math Lessons

The best-in-class tech education company revolutionized summer back in 1999 by blending fun STEM learning with the traditional camp experience, and then again by bringing that entire experience online when COVID arrived.

Both the in-person and virtual programs have been tremendously successful given the desire for quality STEM education, yes, but also because the programs are built around student interests in order to maximize inspiration and engagement.

Today presents a new challenge. With in-person school attendance being pushed back for a number of districts, and knowing that even when kids do return to the classroom the new learning environment will take some getting used to, it’s anyone’s guess as to how long it will be before student life is once again “normal.”

This prolonged uncertainty and disruption is requiring kids and teens to adapt to new learning scenarios, which means valuable knowledge might be left vulnerable, and important skills potentially

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iD Tech is Revolutionizing STEM Learning with Fun, Personalized Online Math Lessons | News

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — iD Tech, the global leader in STEM education, has launched online math tutoring as part of their popular Online Private Lessons—live, one-on-one remote instruction customized to students’ interests, skill levels, and goals. Sessions are led by subject-matter experts – who serve as mentors as much as they do teachers – and are being rolled out to meet the growing need for new and dynamic learning experiences that are also relevant and personal in nature.

The best-in-class tech education company revolutionized summer back in 1999 by blending fun STEM learning with the traditional camp experience, and then again by bringing that entire experience online when COVID arrived.

Both the in-person and virtual programs have been tremendously successful given the desire for quality STEM education, yes, but also because the programs are built around student interests in order to maximize inspiration and engagement.

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Homegrown enrichment provider offers learning lessons amid online education revolution, Business News & Top Stories

Ask any student in Singapore what school life has been like these past few months and they’ll likely mention video classes, computer-aided lessons and other virtual tools and platforms.

Online learning is here to stay, even as students of all levels returned to brick-and-mortar classrooms and learning centres after months of home-based learning earlier this year.

The shift to blended learning — a mix of e-learning and face-to-face teaching — among schools and enrichment centres has opened portals to growth opportunities for homegrown enrichment provider I Can Read (ICR).

Set up in 2000, the firm provides English language training for teachers and literacy courses for pupils from 2.5 to 12 years old. It began developing online resources and platforms for teachers and students in 2018 and now operates in 13 markets across Asia and the Middle East.

“We’ve been working on ways to deliver our training programmes and curriculum online

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Asynchronous Learning or Live Lessons? Which One Works Better for Me?

If you work in education in 2020, you are making tough decisions about how to best reach and teach your learners in the midst of a global pandemic. There is a dearth of evidence to help teachers make informed choices on how to allocate time to asynchronous vs. synchronous online learning. By looking at research into online learning and human development, we can begin to grapple with the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Let’s start with the basics. “Synchronous online learning” generally refers to live learning activities that must happen at a set time (often over Zoom or a similar platform), while “asynchronous online learning” refers to almost everything else (completing assignments, doing readings, watching videos, etc.). Research studies don’t provide strong evidence that synchronous learning universally leads to better student engagement and learning outcomes than asynchronous learning or vice versa. Each approach is best suited to different contexts.

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Talking About Education – Lessons From The Melting Pot

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Los Angelenos
All come from somewhere
To live in sunshine
Their funky exile”
– Billy Joel

Los Angeles is known as a city of migrants. According to the last census, 50.6% percent of the population was born outside of the County of L.A., including the 35% who were foreign-born. This melting pot of cultures provides an opportunity to learn from best practices and mistakes, but to do that we must have conversations with one another.

Last weekend, I set up a Zoom meeting for what I hope will be a series of roundtable discussions with two of my fellow neighborhood council volunteers. We all share a passion for education so it seemed fitting that in this first session we discussed our own educational backgrounds and how they related to what our children face

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Lessons learned from the forced experiment in online education

Dean Van Doleweerd, assistant head of learning, and a student during orientation week at Lakefield College School.

Simon Spivey/Lakefield College/Handout

After Lakefield College School had to close, like everyone else, because of the pandemic, they came up with the idea of offering virtual French cooking classes and other topics for the larger community.

Surprisingly, they found that their own students signed up in droves, which made them realize something: Students were interested in learning; they were not tired of Zoom, they just needed some variety, says Dean Van Doleweerd, assistant head of learning.

With about 40 international students unable to start the year in person, the school, near Peterborough, Ont., is still functioning partly in remote mode.

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“The private schools pivoted fantastically” to move students online, says educational consultant Elaine Danson, who works with families with children in the public and the private school systems.

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7 life and money lessons every young adult needs to know

Different generations, no matter how old or young, are all very different, and that’s part of life’s excitement. But the core teachings about success remain largely the same.

I have two sons, a daughter and several grandchildren. And I don’t plan to retire anytime soon. In fact, I’m still running the same billion-dollar money management firm I’ve been at for decades, while also working on my thirteenth book.

Since we can’t all have such a hands-on experience, here are seven essential life and money lessons every young adult needs to know:

1. Ask the pro to (a virtual) lunch.

Knowledge about the past will help you so much with your future, which is why I always tell young people to seek out the oldest people in their company — or the ones who have worked there the longest — to lunch. If they’re still employed after long service, they must

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