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Why we should all be learning languages

The Scotsman – Emma O’Neill

“…is there any actual benefit to learning a foreign language in high school? The answer is a resounding yes. From economic, to cognitive development, Fhiona Fisher of Scotland’s National Centre for Languages believes there are numerous reasons to learn a second language. “Research shows that UK employers are dissatisfied with applicants’ language skills and it is estimated that £0.5 billion is lost to the Scottish economy every year because of a lack of language skills in the workforce. It is clear that if our young people are to be able to complete in an increasingly global market, then they have to be able to offer a similar range of skills and aptitudes to those of their counterparts from elsewhere in the world…Even a little of a language deepens the learner’s understanding of the people and places where that language is spoken. This, in turn, develops friendship, tolerance and mutual understanding in a way that monolingualism cannot.””(more)

College Search Requires “Sizing Yourself Up”

Forbes – Chris Teare

“During more than 30 years working with teenagers and parents, I have come to regard the balancing of wants and needs as a crucial aspect of any successful college search. There are all sorts of things that young people want—or think they want—from college, but they can lack an awareness of what they actually need. A good way to start getting at these issues is the Fiske College Guide “Sizing Yourself Up” Survey. In 30 questions, the survey asks students to consider various matters, then shows them how their answers add up to certain sizes, locations and personalities of colleges that could be right for them. Until you dig into the qualitative differences that exist between campuses, and employ clear-eyed, accurate self-knowledge, you are only working with whims, which are not enough for a good result in the complexities of the college process.”(more)

U.S. Losing Its Grip On Elite Higher Education, Rankings Show

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“New university rankings published today show that the U.S. is losing its grip on the global elite higher education market. While the U.S. still retains the top spot, in the form of California Institute of Technology, it now has fewer universities in both the top 10 and the top 100. And the seemingly unstoppable rise of China and the Far East appears to have come to a halt – at least temporarily…And instead it is Europe, a continent wracked by internal strife and seemingly a busted flush, that appears to be undergoing something of a resurgence. The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators, covering teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. And they make sobering reading for nations that had taken their traditional dominance for granted.”(more)

Why parents should talk a lot to their young kids — and choose their words carefully

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Parent talk in the first three years of life is the power propelling our brains to develop to their optimum potentials…Why is the effect of parent talk so profound? Because its results are not only predictive of academic success in general, but on reaching potentials in math, spatial reasoning, and literacy, the ability to self-regulate behavior, reaction to stress, and even perseverance…Self-regulation allows us to solve problems constructively, rather than spontaneously reacting in ways that would exacerbate them. Without self-regulation, intelligence is an almost meaningless gift. A central factor in a child’s ultimate ability to control behavioral impulses and emotional responses is parent-caregiver language, including how words are spoken. Emerging research tells us that this actually begins before a baby understands language, per se…Interestingly, bilinguality may be an enhancing factor.”(more)

Picking up STEAM: How the arts can drive STEM leadership

CIO – Bonnie Gardiner

“Right now, governments all over the world seem to agree on one thing — there is not only a damaging shortage of STEM workers in the pipeline, but an entire skills sinkhole that needs to be plugged…Some research would suggest it is not just a lack of STEM-specific skills that are hindering Australia’s ability to remain competitive, however, and despite the unquestionable need to encourage more STEM focus in schools and universities, we may require additional focus on what is normally seen as a completely separate entity – the arts. Changing the acronym to STEAM shifts the focus to arts education existing in conjunction to – or completely blended with – STEM studies. This could encourage creativity and design, drive more engagement and interest in STEM, while also enhancing cognitive abilities required for science and technology-focused subjects…where you bring the two things together, that’s where the greatest innovation occurs.”(more)