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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

B-schools use Mandarin mantra for global success

Hindustan Times – Apoorva Puranik

““China is a growing market and will soon become the most dominant global economy. For management students, knowing English and Mandarin means they can communicate with half the world’s population,” said Bala V Balachandran, founder of the Great Lakes Institute of Management. “Knowledge of Mandarin puts students at a great advantage.””(more)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Why Businesses Should See Early Childhood Development as a Smart Investment

Brookings – Emily Gustafsson-Wright

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, both job-specific skills and “soft skills” such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, are fundamental. Research shows that the development of these skills begins during the first few years of childhood.”(more)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

U.S. Education System is Bad For Business?

Forbes – Julia Pimsleur

“American kids have fallen far behind their peers in other countries, leaving them at a strong disadvantage in the globalized information economy, Ripley notes. In a ranking of student performance on an international test called the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which gauges the teaching of creativity and critical thinking – correlated with success in the workplace – the U.S. comes in below 36 other countries.”(more)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

How Businesses Use Your SATs

The New York Times – Shaila Dawn

“THE news about the SAT has been confusing lately. On one hand, so many colleges and universities have opted not to require it that the College Board, which administers the SAT, has announced a top-to-bottom revamp because the test is out of step with today’s academic expectations. On the other hand, many employers are still asking job applicants for their test scores, even if they are years out of date.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why You Should Learn A Foreign Language

ValueWalk – Tricia Drevets

“More than 50 percent of Europeans speak more than one language. By contrast, only about 18% of Americans speaking a language other than English. Therefore, learning a second (or third) language is a tangible way you can distinguish yourself in our global business world.”(more)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Businesses urged to donate more to global education

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“Big businesses should make a commitment to give at least 20% of philanthropic spending to education projects, according to an international campaign.”(more)

Pass It On: Encourage Your Kids to Become Entrepreneurs With These 5 Lessons

Entrepreneur – Maggie Lord

“Entrepreneurs often credit their upbringing for their success or drive to own their own business…From an early age, I was given the tools to build my own business. These are gifts you can pass on to your child whether you’re an entrepreneur or not.”(more)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Big Data Goes To School

Forbes – Gail Dutton

“Public schools nationwide are taking a cue from business, harnessing big data to improve student outcomes, help school districts make better hiring decisions and help governments use their education dollars more effectively.”(more)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Why Students in Oklahoma Have a Brighter Future

Time – Dan Kadlec

“Oklahoma is about to coronate one of the most comprehensive statewide school-based financial education programs in the country. Beginning this May, to graduate from high school students must demonstrate an understanding of 14 wide-ranging money management concepts.”(more)

Why It’s Time to Rethink the Role of Business in Education

The Huffington Post – Melissa Jun Rowley

“Most students aren’t engaged the way they should be, and their individual talents are not nurtured and celebrated nearly enough. On the contrary, in many schools individuality is shunned, which results in little to no communication skills or desire to collaborate among students.”(more)