Published on Aug 6, 2013
Chinese schools choose results and bonuses over disabled children
According to a recent Human Rights Watch report, almost a third of Chinese babies born with mental or physical disabilities don’t get to go to school, and those that do often have a tough time. The government has promised to make mainstream schools more accessible to disabled students and to raise their enrollment rate, but France 24 reporters discovered that many schools are more worried about results and bonuses than about social equality.
An exclusive in-depth report from a FRANCE24 correspondent, followed by comment and analysis with the author and the anchor in the newsroom in Paris.
Published on Sep 19, 2012 by NTDTV
The percussionists in this Sao Paulo school band can’t hear the music.
Instead, they feel the vibrations from the drums and speakers.
Their teacher, Fabio Bonvenuto, started teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing pupils in 2005.
Called “Music of Silence”, the band also has hearing members.
And Bonvenuto says that combination has produced positive changes.
[Fabio Bonvenuto, Music Teacher]
“The first thing we noticed was the change in the (deaf) students’ social skills, since they began to interact more with others. They also learn to respect boundaries.”
Bonvenuto says the hearing-impaired process sound differently, but it’s all done in the same part of the brain.
The band even performs with other schools, which improves the kids’ confidence and amazes their parents.
[Fabio Bonvenuto, Music Teacher]
“The families get involved. Many parents walk up to me and say: ‘I didn’t know my child was capable of playing music. I didn’t know she was part of such a great project’.”
“Music of Silence” will hit its highest note in 2014 when the young musicians perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup.
Published on May 31, 2012 by VOAvideo
Advancing digital technology is bringing major changes to higher education, after upending journalism, the music business, manufacturing and many other industries. In a few cases, this digital revolution means tens of thousands of students can sign up for one class taught by top professors. Experts tell VOA’s Jim Randle, the pace of change in higher education is getting faster, and will affect teaching, student evaluation, and access to knowledge.
Opens with a somewhat graphic view of a human cadaver.
Oct 24, 2011
Becoming a doctor takes many years of training at a medical school and tens of thousands of dollars in tuition. But anyone can get a taste of medical training, from real medical school professors, in just two months, for free, at a mini medical school in Denver.
Nov 18, 2011
Students in the United States in their last year of high school are not performing as well on the same science tests as their peers in many other countries. Educators say there should be more emphasis on science in American schools. A visit to one school where a retired engineer is using his expertise in science to help both teachers and students shows how it can benefit everyone.
Jun 22, 2011
It’s the sole New York school reachable only by ferry, a short ride from the lower tip of Manhattan to Governors Island, a 70-hectare former military base where birds and trees greatly outnumber human visitors. The Urban Assembly Harbor School is located in a renovated Coast Guard building. A basketball court and a garden tended by students flank the entrance; inside, the rooms include a greenhouse, an aquaponics lab where tilapia and oysters are raised, and a boat-building workshop, where a sloop patterned on one that sailed the harbor in 1849 is under construction.