Covid-19 has posed the ‘wicked problem’ of how to maintain internationalisation in higher education





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Covid-19 has caused frantic activity in southern African and global higher education, and a vibrant discourse on the characteristics of post-pandemic internationalisation has emerged, among others.

Drawing from the notion of a “wicked problem”, we argue that post-Covid-19 internationalisation of higher education, and higher education itself, indeed has elements of “wickedness”. A wicked problem does not mean the question is “malevolent”, but rather that solutions might lead to new challenges, and that solutions cannot be classified as “right” or “wrong” (Zhao, Wehmeyer, Basham, & Hansen, 2019), and require diverse thinking.

Internationalisation of higher education is a complex space, full of “social and institutional uncertainties” and involving “multiple interacting systems” (Mertens, 2015, p3). Thus any attempt at a “best” way to advance internationalisation in higher education will be futile. We believe we should rather

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Education commissioner leans on 16 remote-only school districts – News – Wicked Local

BOSTON — The Baker administration has left school reopening plans up to local officials but the state education commissioner is now asking 16 districts to lay out plans for when they will bring students back into the classrooms, citing a “stark discrepancy” between their reopening models and local public health metrics.

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley on Friday night wrote to officials in the districts that are offering remote-only instruction and have COVID-19 transmission rates that fall into the lowest risk categories in the state’s color-coded assessment system — Amesbury, Bourne, Boxford, East Longmeadow, Gardner, Pittsfield, Provincetown, West Springfield, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public, Hoosac Valley Regional, Gill-Montague, Mohawk Trail, Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont, Manchester Essex Regional, Belmont and Watertown.

He asked for more information about their fall reopening plans and gave them 10 calendar days to respond.

“In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening

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Police investigating racial slur, ‘vile language’ that disrupted online learning at two Needham schools – News – Wicked Local

“These were cowardly, contemptible, and despicable acts that caused a significant disruption but will not detract from our learning or undermine our values of respect, equity, and community,” said Superintendent of Needham Public Schools Dan Gutekanst.

Needham police are investigating incidents involving “racist, ugly, and hurtful language and taunts” and a racial slur used by an elementary school student that disrupted remote learning instruction at two Needham schools this week.

Superintendent of Needham Public Schools Dan Gutekanst notified the school community of the “hate-filled” incidents in an email sent around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday and Tuesday, “an unknown person or persons managed to get into several Zoom sessions and disrupt classrooms at Pollard [Middle School] with racist, ugly, and hurtful language and taunts,” Gutekanst wrote; adding a description of a second incident at Sunita L. Williams Elementary School involving a student who directed a racial slur toward another student

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Quincy city council to discuss voting access, special education center – News – Wicked Local

Councilors will meet for a regular meeting and a finance committee meeting Monday.

QUINCY — City councilors will meet for the second time since summer recess on Monday and are set to discuss the city’s new special education center, a $3.6 million appropriation for a new emergency radio system and the upcoming presidential election.

The finance committee will meet first at 5:30 p.m., and the regular city council meeting will start at 6. The meeting will be broadcast on Zoom and councilors will not meet in person at city hall. The meeting ID is 863 1445 1110.

The finance committee will discuss spending $14 million to turn a three-story building near Central Middle School into a special education center. The council already approved $8.5 million for the project — $6.8 million to buy the building and $1.7 million to start the renovation. The center will focus on the district’s autistic

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