Category Archives: Internațional

How Japanese boy Yamato Tanooka survived a week in the wilderness
A seven-year-old boy abandoned in the northern Japanese wilderness in cold, rainy weather managed to survive for a week until being rescued – despite being left with no food or water and wearing only jeans and a t-shirt.

Yamato Tanooka’s parents abandoned him in the forests of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, as a punishment for misbehaviour after throwing rocks at cars last Saturday.

Six days later he was found, suffering from exhaustion, inside an unused military building kilometres away from where was last seen, according to reports.
Daily Mail

Parents’ smartphones harming children’s ability to hold conversation, say teachers
Teachers warned of children suffering from a lack of attention and interaction from parents obsessed with their smartphones.

The State of Education report found four-fifths of teachers were worried about poor social skills or children having speech problems. More than two-thirds had seen children lacking “self-help skills”.

Teachers also reported levels of reading, writing and numeracy were lower than they should be.
The Telegraph

How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system
Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.

Here, as in any other Finnish school, teachers are not strait-jacketed by bureaucrats, scripts or excessive regulations, but have the freedom to innovate and experiment as teams of trusted professionals.

Proporţiile abandonului şcolar sau cum se naşte o generaţie de şomeri
Cei care au absolvit cel mult opt clase şi nu mai urmează vreo altă formă de învăţământ sau de formare profesională au ajuns să reprezinte în 2015, 19% din totalul tinerilor cu vârste cuprinse între 18 şi 24 ani. Aceştia nu-şi vor găsi locuri de muncă, fiind cei mai predispuşi la şomaj cronic.

Printre statele membre UE, proporţia celor care se opresc după cel mult opt clase variază de la 3% în Croaţia şi 5,3% în Polonia la 20,3% în Spania şi 18,9% în România.

Între 2009 şi 2015, numărul celor care părăsesc foarte de timpuriu orice formă de învăţământ a scăzut în medie cu 3,3% la nivelul UE, în timp ce în România numărul acestor tineri a crescut cu 2,3%.

Migrant crisis to blame for falling standards in Swedish schools, say officials
The increase of foreign-born children in Swedish schools has played a part in the country’s overall decline in educational achievement and test scores in recent years, officials report. The number of teenagers who failed to qualify for upper secondary school in Sweden increased from ten per cent in 2006 to more than 14 per cent in 2015. A report by the Swedish Education Agency released on Monday concluded that 85 per cent of the increase was explained by immigrant students unable to catch up with Swedes of the same age.

We already know that immigrant students on average have lower performance in school,’ said Education Agency Director Anna Ekstrom. ‘We need more teachers, teachers in their native language, interpreters, etc. in a situation already marked by the shortage.
Daily Mail

We are afraid – Swedish schoolchildren’s desperate letter to the principal
More and more parents keep their children home from school, after children have been abused by newly arrived immigrant students who attend the Central School in Kristianstad.

Children who are beaten, kicked, choked and suffer other degrading treatment – It has now become everyday life at the Central School in Kristianstad. The school has received a large number of new students from the recent asylum chaos, and has two preparatory classes for newly arrived immigrants.

When one of the boys said he did not want to play football because the immigrants cheat, two of them attacked him. It ended with this boy being completely covered in blood before some adults intervened.

Muslim teacher, school owner’s son beat student to death in West Bengal’s Murshidabad
Shamim Mullick met his parents on Monday evening in school-hostel compound, without taking permission from the school authority – this reason has been cited in the report which made the teacher angry. Thereafter the teacher of the school- Hanif Sheikh- and son of the school’s owner- Liton Sheikh- allegedly beat the student so badly that he became unconscious. Later, Shamim Mullick was taken to Kandi Sub Divisional Hospital where he was declared dead.

Hausaufgaben machen die Klugen klüger – und die Dummen dümmer
Wenn Lehrer gar keine Hausaufgaben kontrollieren, haben die Schüler überhaupt keinen Anreiz, diese selbst wichtig zu nehmen. Der Lerneffekt ist dann gleich null.

Bei den Hausaufgaben ist es ähnlich wie beim sogenannten selbstgesteuerten Lernen, die begabten Schüler haben keine Probleme damit und sind zum selbständigen Arbeiten in der Lage, diejenigen aber, die Hausaufgaben am nötigsten hätten, sind dazu gar nicht in der Lage, weil sie viel zu unselbständig sind.

Temele îi fac pe deștepți mai deștepți – și pe proști mai proști
Dacă profesorii nu controleaza temele, elevii își pierd imboldul de a le lua în serios. Efectul educativ este zero.

La teme este la fel ca la învățatul autonom, elevii pricepuți nu au probleme și pot lucra singuri, in schimb cei care au nevoia cea mai mare de teme, nu le pot face, pentru că nu sunt deloc autonomi.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today
When compared to children from the early 1980s, only one out of twelve children had normal strength and balance.

Many children are walking around with an underdeveloped vestibular (balance) system today–due to restricted movement. In order to develop a strong balance system, children need to move their body in all directions, for hours at a time. Just like with exercising, they need to do this more than just once-a-week in order to reap the benefits. Therefore, having soccer practice once or twice a week is likely not enough movement for the child to develop a strong sensory system.
The Washington Post