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Sunday, November 3, 2013

In Spain, even toddlers learning Chinese to boost job hopes

The Japan Times – Staff Writer

“Numerous schools and language centres here have started holding such lessons as Spaniards look to China’s fast-growing economy for opportunities after five years of on-off recession in Spain.”(more)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In Spain, even toddlers learn Chinese for job hopes

The Economic Times – Staff Writer

“”Xiang jiao! Banana!” says Fu Huijuan, beaming as she waves the fruit in front of her three-year-old pupil, Leon, at a Madrid nursery school. He and his four classmates have barely learned to speak even in their native Spanish, but already they are absorbing Mandarin Chinese-as are many adult Spaniards concerned for their job prospects. “Chinese seems to me an essential language in today’s world, and the best way to learn it is from an early age…It is a long-term strategy, for his job prospects in the future,” says Leon’s mother, Sara Vergara.”(more)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

What Do Students Think About School?

The Huffington Post – Andreas Schleicher

“All in all, students’ attitudes towards schooling and their reading performance are mutually reinforcing, as are their attitudes towards schooling and the atmosphere in the classroom.”(more)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spanish Government Eyeing Education Cuts in Austerity Plan

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“As Spain’s government deals with critical financial issues, education, as with other government sectors, will face cuts.”(more)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

In Troubled Spain, Boom Times for Foreign Languages

The New York Times – Raphael Minder

“With a 20 percent unemployment rate, twice the European average, labor mobility has become a burning issue in Spain, prompting some business leaders to call for an overhaul of the Spanish education system that would make better language training a priority. Emilio Cuatrecasas, chairman of Cuatrecasas, one of the biggest Spanish law firms, said recently that “Spain has to take seriously the need to reform its education, particularly in terms of teaching English.”(more)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Harvard uses top chefs to spice up science

Boston Globe – Devra First

“This is Science of the Physical Universe 27, the hottest course at Harvard this fall. Also known as Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science, it uses the culinary arts as a way to explore phases of matter, electrostatics, and other scientific concepts. . . . Adria gave a lecture at Harvard two years ago; its success helped spark the creation of this class. He is one of several Catalan chefs involved in Science and Cooking, a collaboration between the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Spain’s Alicia Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to food and science.”(more)