Betsy DeVos reveals her longtime education secretary aspirations: “I literally had never given it a

Her Senate confirmation last week—won by a hair’s breadth—didn’t help to make US education secretary Betsy DeVos any less blisteringly controversial. Neither, surely, will this. In an interview with Axios’s Jonathan Swan published this morning, DeVos—a Michigan billionaire with no personal experience in public education—revealed she was apparently just as taken by surprise by president Donald Trump’s choice to nominate her as the rest of the US was. Recalled DeVos: It was the day after the election that somebody with whom I’ve worked for a number of years actually e‑mailed…

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Trump’s New Education Secretary Wants More ‘Virtual Schools’ and Her Agency to Be Destroyed

The Trump regime’s newly confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is ready to shake up the establishment. How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.” What does the last part mean? Damned if we know. In a new interview published this morning, political website Axios asked DeVos about what she expects to get done in the next four years. DeVos, an enemy of public schools, pledged to “slim down the department…

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How A Betsy DeVos Department Of Education Could Lead To A Massive Transfer Of Public Funds Into The Private Sector

On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. Since DeVos’s name first surfaced as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, a stubborn, nation-wide procession of feet has emerged in stride to protest what many fear is the beginning of the end of…

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TN school education minister ‘Ma Foi’ Pandiarajan joins OPS camp; Sasikala seeks appointment with governor

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam got a shot in the arm when school education minister ‘Ma Foi’ Pandiarajan, Namakkal MP PR Sundaram and Krishnagiri MP Ashok Kumar joined his camp. Pandiarajan is the first cabinet minister to join the OPS camp. Pandiarajan, Sundaram and Ashok Kumar met the chief minister at his residence and extended support to him. The leaders told reporters that several MLAs, who are staying at a resort near Mahabalipuram+ , want to leave the party general secretary V K Sasikala camp and join the…

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AAP govt and Delhi education: A look at the hits, misses and future plans

Education is one sector in which the AAP government is trying to make a mark. So much so that education was the main theme at this year’s Delhi tableau at the Republic Day parade. The government highlighted its model schools and the mega parent-teacher meetings (PTMs). Hindustan Times takes stock of the AAP government’s hits and misses during its two year stint in the field of education and analyses its election promises. New schools Unable to find land to build 500 “new” schools it promised two years ago, the Delhi…

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Javadekar: Quality of primary public education deteriorating, need to prioritise importance of skill

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar flagged off the India Today Education Summit by talking about the problems, reforms and solutions the education sector needs today. Javadekar’s speech touched on a host of subjects. He talked about how education holds the key to our future with 40 crore parents being directly connected to it. “Every time a child goes to school, a new parent joins the force. The constituency keeps growing. The most important thing is prioritising the importance of skill,” the minister said. 10 HIGHLIGHTS OF JAVADEKAR’S SPEECH The teacher-student…

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Government keen to improve quality of education: Minister

The two-day international conference on ‘Role of Higher Education in National/International Development’ got under way at the Sri Krishna Arts and Science College here on Saturday. The Association of Indian College Principals and Sri Krishna Arts and Science College are holding the 18th edition of the conference. State Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbalagan, who inaugurated the conference, said that the State’s gross enrolment ratio at 44.8 per cent was higher than the nation’s 23.6. The State’s ratio in enrolment of girls in higher education too was higher than the national…

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Budget 2017: Education, skills and jobs

“My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the service of others, and obedient – good to themselves and the country at large”….Swami Vivekananda The increased focus on human capital development in Budget 2017 to empower the youth is indeed a welcome step. The several key announcements in education, skills and youth development shall have structural and long term impact on quality of education, availability of qualified manpower and preparing the next generation for the hyper age of automation and AI. All aspects…

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How AI will transform education in 2017

Education has mostly followed the same structure for centuries — e.g., the “sage on a stage” and “assembly line” models. As AI continues to disrupt industries like consumer electronics, ecommerce, media, transportation, and healthcare, is education the next big opportunity? Given that education is the foundation that prepares people to pursue advancements in all the other fields, it has the potential to be the most impactful application of AI. Key trends The three segments of the education market — K-12, higher education, and corporate training — are going through transitions. In…

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Chinese PhD education ‘shifted from Soviet to US model’

Chinese doctoral education has shifted from a Soviet to a US model, according to a working paper that demonstrates the growth and improvement of PhD education in the country. The paper, “From the former Soviet patterns towards the US model? Changes in Chinese doctoral education”, finds that although there is still evidence of the impact of Soviet ideas, PhD study has become increasingly influenced by the US since the mid-1990s. Futao Huang, professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University and international co-investigator for the UCL Institute…

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