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Saturday, August 8, 2015
After their sit-down talk with the education minister failed completely, anti-curriculum change student representatives held a press conference that played out like a real drama.
Friday, August 7, 2015
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will allow schools to "freely choose" textbooks for this school year in a rare sign of political goodwill between the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). According to the MOE, a new committee will soon be established to address demands on curriculum reforms from all sides, while stricter guidelines could be implemented for the membership of the committee, the procedures for reviewing the curriculum and a professional exchange of ideas.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
The controversy over the newly enacted high school curriculum guideline adjustments is itself great teaching material for at least two subjects. First, the government, the Ministry of Education in particular, gives management schools a textbook case of not just how to mishandle a crisis but also how to create one in the first place.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The 2015 U-12 Baseball World Cup of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) concluded this Sunday when the Taiwanese team finished in second place among the 12 competing teams after losing to the United States in the championship game.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The World Youth Athletics Championships held in Cali, Colombia ended two weeks ago, yet Taiwan's news media and netizens held onto it for most of last week. It is not because they were in celebration of a Taiwanese athlete taking away medals or breaking some world record, but rather expressing dismay and general outrage over the Sports Administration and Chinese Taipei Track and Field Association's inability to ship a pole into 17-year-old pole vault contender Yeh Yao-wen's hands, which led to the young athlete's disqualification.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
The government's handling of the ongoing student protests over the curriculum guidelines is symptomatic of the one-directional thinking prevalent among many of our educators: there is a norm, and no one should think differently or deviate from the norm.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
One of the students facing prosecution for breaking into the Ministry of Education building a week ago took his own life yesterday, prompting the president to ask the ministry to resume dialogue with protesters as well as an outpouring of sympathy and support for the family of the victim.
Friday, July 31, 2015
The Economic Daily News last week raised questions about the efficacy of the capital gains tax on securities transactions. According to the daily, securities investors pay NT$200 billion in various stock-related taxes and additional national health insurance premiums each year.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Kuomintang (KMT) held a national party congress on July 19 to nominate Hung Hsiu-chu, deputy speaker of the Legislative Yuan, for president in the forthcoming presidential election scheduled for Jan. 16 next year.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Last week, Taiwanese minors stormed the Ministry of Education (MOE) in a desperate move to generate attention for their months-long struggle to bring changes to the high school curriculum guidelines touching on how the island's history is taught.
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