Jan 25, 2015

Sri Lanka scraps military training for teachers, students

Sri Lanka’s new government said Saturday it is scrapping compulsory military training for school teachers and undergraduates. The three-week army training, which was mandatory under ousted President Mahinda Rajapakse’s administration, had resulted in at least three deaths in recent years and was deeply unpopular ...

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

Jan 20, 2015

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

China’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors they must champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on political power and cracks down on the ...

Bullying finds fertile ground in social media

| Jan 19, 2015

Bullying finds fertile ground in social media

by Shusuke Murai

Smartphones have become an essential tool for people of all ages, but they also pose serious challenges for parents and teachers trying to protect children from online abuse. The July suicide of a high school girl in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, serves as an example ...

Jan 19, 2015

Man sues women's university for rejecting application

A man who applied to a women’s university in the city of Fukuoka filed for damages Monday, arguing the public college’s rejection of his application amounts to gender discrimination and is unconstitutional. In the complaint filed with the Fukuoka District Court, the man in ...

Kids do better when they go to preschool all day

Jan 17, 2015

Kids do better when they go to preschool all day

by Sonja Elmquist

Full-day preschool may prepare children better for learning and social development than part- time programs, new research showed, bolstering the case for putting kids in classrooms at younger ages. The findings from a study of 982 low-income and ethnic-minority 3- and 4-year-olds, enrolled in ...

Unified college entrance exams begin across Japan

Jan 17, 2015

Unified college entrance exams begin across Japan

The annual unified college entrance examinations began across the nation on Saturday, with nearly 560,000 applicants and a record-high 849 public and private schools taking part. The two-day exams mark the start of this year’s contest among students seeking entrance to four- and two-year ...