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Teaching Manuals Modified to Describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s Territory
The education ministry said Jan. 28 it has revised practice manuals for school curriculum guidelines to underscore the government’s position that the disputed Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets are integral parts of Japan’s territory.
The practice manuals are for junior and senior high school teachers. They are used in textbook screening and deciding how to instruct students at schools.
“As we are striving to develop human resources who can do well globally, it is only natural to teach students about our territories in a correct manner,” education minister Hakubun Shimomura said at a news conference the same day.
The uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China, while the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan are administered by South Korea despite Tokyo’s claim that they are inherently Japanese territory.
The announcement will inevitably spark a backlash from Beijing and Seoul.
(via Teaching manuals modified to describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s territory - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun)

Teaching Manuals Modified to Describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s Territory

The education ministry said Jan. 28 it has revised practice manuals for school curriculum guidelines to underscore the government’s position that the disputed Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets are integral parts of Japan’s territory.

The practice manuals are for junior and senior high school teachers. They are used in textbook screening and deciding how to instruct students at schools.

“As we are striving to develop human resources who can do well globally, it is only natural to teach students about our territories in a correct manner,” education minister Hakubun Shimomura said at a news conference the same day.

The uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China, while the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan are administered by South Korea despite Tokyo’s claim that they are inherently Japanese territory.

The announcement will inevitably spark a backlash from Beijing and Seoul.

(via Teaching manuals modified to describe Senkakus, Takeshima as Japan’s territory - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun)

[TAIWAN] Ministry approves new “brainwashing” curriculum
Ministry Groups yesterday protested the Ministry of Education’s bid to “slightly adjust” the national high-school curriculum, calling the move part of a “brainwashing” policy that would see the new curriculum reflect a more China-oriented perspective.
Despite the groups’ opposition, the ministry later formally approved a new curriculum on Chinese literature and social sciences.
“Taiwanese have fought long and hard to reach a stage where there is much less political influence on our education, so it is therefore unacceptable that the government under the leadership of President Ma Ying-jeou [馬英九] is making an U-turn on this progress,” Jim Lee (李筱峰), a professor at National Taipei University of Education’s Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture, told a rally in front of the ministry in Taipei.
via Taipei Times

[TAIWAN] Ministry approves new “brainwashing” curriculum

Ministry Groups yesterday protested the Ministry of Education’s bid to “slightly adjust” the national high-school curriculum, calling the move part of a “brainwashing” policy that would see the new curriculum reflect a more China-oriented perspective.

Despite the groups’ opposition, the ministry later formally approved a new curriculum on Chinese literature and social sciences.

“Taiwanese have fought long and hard to reach a stage where there is much less political influence on our education, so it is therefore unacceptable that the government under the leadership of President Ma Ying-jeou [馬英九] is making an U-turn on this progress,” Jim Lee (李筱峰), a professor at National Taipei University of Education’s Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture, told a rally in front of the ministry in Taipei.

via Taipei Times

School textbooks rewritten after regime changes

  • Cairo: It is a small photograph of a young man on a page in an Egyptian primary-school textbook. But to many watching closely, it is a big step for education in the Arab world.
  • Khalid Saeed was the 28-year-old Egyptian computer programmer dragged out of an Internet café and beaten to death by Alexandria police after he posted a video of two of them allegedly divvying up drug money after a bust.
  • The Facebook page commemorating his life and expressing outrage over his 2010 death eventually mushroomed into the movement that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak.
  • Khalid Saeed’s story will be taught to all second-graders (seven and eight-year-olds) in Egypt, marking a modest attempt at curriculum reform in an otherwise stodgy educational system.
[CANADA] First Nation Education Act will be ‘transformational’, says Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt
The Harper government is poised to unveil education reform measures for First Nations children that are so historic it could turn the page on more than a century of economic and social ills faced by aboriginals, says a federal cabinet minister.
“We think it is high time, given the importance of population growth of First Nations living on reserves, that these kids get the same opportunities as other Canadians,” said Valcourt.
The problem, he said, is that aboriginal children are served by a “non-system” of education — which results in staggeringly high drop-out rates and which puts those young people in an “intolerable” situation. (via First Nation Education Act will be ‘transformational’, says Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt)

[CANADA] First Nation Education Act will be ‘transformational’, says Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt

The Harper government is poised to unveil education reform measures for First Nations children that are so historic it could turn the page on more than a century of economic and social ills faced by aboriginals, says a federal cabinet minister.

“We think it is high time, given the importance of population growth of First Nations living on reserves, that these kids get the same opportunities as other Canadians,” said Valcourt.

The problem, he said, is that aboriginal children are served by a “non-system” of education — which results in staggeringly high drop-out rates and which puts those young people in an “intolerable” situation. (via First Nation Education Act will be ‘transformational’, says Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt)

The Mozambican Ministry of Education believes that Mozambique is close to achieving the main education target in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is universal access to primary education, but recognises that the quality of education is still low. The goal is that, by 2015, all children, both girls and boys, can complete a full course of primary education.
China just began a major education reform effort that is aimed at reducing the importance of standardized testing in determining school quality and including factors such as student engagement, boredom, anxiety, and happiness.
It also seeks to cut back on the amount of school work students are given. As scholar Yong Zhao notes in the following post, the approach is the opposite of the education reform path in the United States, which in recent years has increased the importance of test scores for accountability purposes. (via China’s new education reform: Reducing importance of test scores)

China just began a major education reform effort that is aimed at reducing the importance of standardized testing in determining school quality and including factors such as student engagement, boredom, anxiety, and happiness.

It also seeks to cut back on the amount of school work students are given. As scholar Yong Zhao notes in the following post, the approach is the opposite of the education reform path in the United States, which in recent years has increased the importance of test scores for accountability purposes. (via China’s new education reform: Reducing importance of test scores)

Croatia says no to Sex Education

CROATIA’s top court in its capital Zagreb, recently suspended Sexual Education lessons in all public schools.

It said that the government failed to consult parents when it introduced the classes that are fiercly opposed by conservative groups and religious authorities.

“Enabling parents to take part in the preparation of a curriculum, is a country’s constitutional obligation,” said judge Mato Arlovic.

Consulting pupils’ parents was “notably important in a curriculum linked to different attitudes and beliefs,” he added.

The suspension came after complaints from various quarters which claimed that the lessons violated the constitution because it was implemented without parental approval.

A joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has welcomed the plan by the Department of Basic Education to incrementally implement the use of African languages in all South African schools.
According to the Department of Basic Education, the programme will be implemented as from 2014 for Grade R and Grade 1. This will incrementally increase to include Grade 12 by 2025. The language selection for First Additional Language (FAL) would be Xitsonga, any Nguni language, a Sotho language, Tshivenda or Afrikaans. (via Parliament welcomes use of African languages in all schools (English))

A joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has welcomed the plan by the Department of Basic Education to incrementally implement the use of African languages in all South African schools.

According to the Department of Basic Education, the programme will be implemented as from 2014 for Grade R and Grade 1. This will incrementally increase to include Grade 12 by 2025. The language selection for First Additional Language (FAL) would be Xitsonga, any Nguni language, a Sotho language, Tshivenda or Afrikaans. (via Parliament welcomes use of African languages in all schools (English))

Teachers' Union in Gambia Explores More Alternatives to Corporal Punishment in Schools

The Gambia Teachers’ Union (GTU) through its women’s wing on Wednesday organised a day’s training for 20 lower basic school teachers on alternative measures to corporal punishment in schools, at its secretariat along MDI Road in Kanifing.

The latest training is among series of others to be organised by the GTU in its bid to discourage corporal punishment in schools and promote the agenda for the attainment of quality education. Through this synergy, the GTU advocates for teachers to adopt other disciplinary measures as opposed to physical punishment, as in line with Principle 1 of the GTU Code of Conduct for teachers.

Rwanda: New Curricula to Streamline Teaching of Genocide

The Ministry of Education is currently revising the curricula for schools at nursery, primary, and secondary levels, a process that will streamline how best to teach students about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, among other changes.

Under the new curriculum, the teaching of Genocide will be reinforced, in line with Genocide prevention. Teaching the younger generations about the Genocide and Rwanda’s history is widely considered as a key element in cementing the on-going reconciliation efforts and ensuring sustainable unity of the Rwandan people.

(via AllAfrica.com)