Elmo and Friends Lead Education Effort for Refugee Children

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In refugee camps everywhere, there is no shortage of curious young minds: more than half of the world’s displaced population are children. But the barriers to receiving a quality early education are huge. “There are 250 million children whose developmental potential is at risk around the world,” said Sarah Smith, Director of Education at the International…

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Meet Julia, Sesame Street’s First Autistic Character

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In early April, beloved children’s show Sesame Street will debut Julia, the program’s first character with autism. Julia has been part of the online interactive Sesame Street family since last year, and her popularity among viewers prompted show creators to bring the character to television. The Sesame Street team hopes Julia will help children become more…

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How Music Shapes Children’s Minds and Wellbeing

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect”—the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence—has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter.” This interest in the relationship between musical aptitude on ability and intelligence has been around for some time. But despite these…

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Can homeschooling replace public schools?

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Editor’s note: China’s top education authority stressed that compulsory education cannot be replaced by any form of teaching last week. However, some experts argue that the philosophy and the teaching methods of public school cannot satisfy the needs for some children. Could compulsory education be replaced by homeschool? China Daily readers share their ideas. Ted180 (Canada)…

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