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Education Ticker: The classroom belongs to teachers

The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.

Can parents and teachers get along?

Conflict between parents and teachers can flare up over parents' expectations of what their kids are learning in school, teaching methods or the perception that teachers are not providing sufficient support. The key to resolving these conflicts is understanding that parents can't control what happens in the classroom and teachers can't control the family environment.

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Take a break after high school

The debate over universities that are focused on teaching versus research should be recast as a way to radically modernize institutions. Lectures should be an opportunity to test new ideas, graduate students could teach introductory courses and university admissions should be restricted, with students discouraged from entering universities immediately after high school.

Stress can be decreased for first-year students

Ryerson first-year students have come up with measures that can ease the transition to university, including increasing study space and adjusting schedules to address sleep deprivation. The recommendations were the result of a course that paired newbies with upper year students who mentored the younger group once a week.

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