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14 Classrooms Around the World

As a visual guide to our podcast episode How Teaching Became Women's Work (which you should certainly listen to if you haven't already), let's take a look at what learning looks like around the world.

How Teaching Became Women's Work

A majority of teachers around the world are women -- why? Cristen and Caroline chart the feminization of the teaching profession and how gender at the front of the classroom affects student learning.

Is learning cursive handwriting good for kids' brains?

... In a New York Times Room for Debate segment on cursive in the classroom, University of Southern California education professor Morgan Polikoff argued that since few adults regularly employ it and that most workplace communication is conducted via keyboard, teaching penmanship only gobbles up valuable classroom minutes. Speaking to NPR, a New Jersey school principal said bluntly, "It's just that with all the state mandates, we don't have time." Most kids are board with abandoning cursive as well, not surprisingly; in reporting on public schools' collective move away from cursive, The Wall Street Journal cited a Scholastic survey, which found that 79 percent of middle schoolers polled dislike the fancy handwriting.

Blaming Gender: 5 Reasons Boys Are Slipping in School

Canada and the United States share are common problem in schools these days. While girls are excelling like never before, the boys are falling behind. Educators have been tackling this issue for years now, even testing out sex-segregated classrooms to find out whether tailoring teaching to gender is more effective. Male students typically lag in overall grades and reading in particular (a learning gap that emerged in the early '90s).