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More employers want to hire graduates who speak a foreign language

The Daily Universe – Kaleena McKell

“The global economy is shifting away from the English-speaking world, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. The report reads: “Since 1975, the English-speaking share of global GDP has fallen significantly and will continue to fall. The Chinese economy will surpass the US economy in size soon after 2030. Latin America (Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking) and South Asia (Hindi- and Urdu-speaking) are growing strongly as well.” As individual countries’ economies become increasingly international, the demand for foreign languages continues to grow.” (more)

The Importance of Purpose in Education

Edutopia – Matthew Howell

“I recently met with an eighth-grade student who had been accepted to a specialized high school focused on science. I wanted to compliment her on her achievement and learn more about the academic experiences that led to her choice of high school. I already knew her to be a young lady who was determined, hardworking, and intelligent—but I didn’t know what made her tick.” (more)

Personalized Learning Isn’t About Tech

Edutopia – Paul France

“Many teachers shy away from personalization due to its complexity. While the ultimate goal of technology-powered personalized learning is to minimize this complexity, the typical approach of pairing students with individualized content is reductive, at best. Scalable and sustainable personalized learning environments should instead maximize the power and potential of individuals and strengthen interpersonal connections. Technology-powered personalized learning simply cannot provide this.” (more)

Understanding the Hype: Media Literacy

Education World – Lois Lewis

“Every day, we are bombarded with messages when we watch television, go online, or read newspapers and magazines. What do those messages mean? What is their purpose? How should we process media messages? Noted author, educator, and media literacy expert Catherine Gourley shared with Education World her thoughts about media literacy and its role in education. Gourley’s book, Media Wizards: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Media Manipulations, introduces techniques to help students crack the codes of media messages.” (more)

Malala Yousafzai’s Courage: Student Discussion Guide

Education World – Jason Tomaszewski

“An assassination attempt was not enough to curtail the human-rights work of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. In fact, her brush with death at the hands of the Taliban only served to strengthen her resolve and led to her recognition as a joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The 17-year-old Pakistani rose to prominence as a vocal advocate for girls’ right to education. The Taliban, which ardently disagrees with Yousafzai’s position, was fearful that her activism would inspire others to act. The group planned to silence the teen, and while she rode a school bus, a Taliban gunman shot her in the head.” (more)