Hello teachers & educators! A warm welcome back to Costcutter Corner, the place where we share the latest and greatest news, views and ideas published online in the world of education – every month!

This April, take a closer look at how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is tackling social equality in the US by ensuring more public high school students thrive in higher education, share your favourite online resources with Teachers Without Borders and find out why some educators think we should ban homework.

Why are 75% of US high school graduates unprepared for higher education?


Here’s an interesting post from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation. It may concern education across the pond, but recognising global education trends and issues is a good way to recognise strengths and weaknesses in our own system.

We were surprised to read that just 25% of US public high school graduates have the skills they need to succeed academically in higher education (at college). With a college education a well-worn path to economic success in the States, ensuring more young people from the public sector succeed at this level is essential to boosting social equality in America.

Read on to find out more about how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is using better teaching, better learning and more innovation to tackle the gap.


Teachers Without Borders share resources


The Teachers Without Borders resource section is full of fantastic stuff for educators all over the world, whether you plan to teach exclusively in the UK or have a more global approach to your craft. We’re sharing a link to their “bookmarks” section today, but the whole site is well worth exploring, and sure to get your creative teaching juices flowing!

In this section, teachers from all over the world share bookmarks to the online content they’ve found useful, inspiring or practical; from teaching peace, to the best Facebook apps you can use in the classroom.

Does homework do more harm than good?


Any teacher who has had to repeatedly hound pupils for homework, demonstrate consequences and then complete a massive mound of marking knows that homework is at least as big a headache for teachers as it is for students.

This article from the Goldwater Institute, again focussing on education on the other side of the pond, suggests that homework should be ruled out altogether. With students spending close to a full working day at school, should they be expected to work more in the evenings and weekends?

Do you think homework is a help or a waste of everybody’s time? How much more would you be able to do as an educator without the burden of setting, chasing and marking homework? Have your say below…

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