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Friday, April 18, 2014

How Learning An Additional Language Could Influence Your Business

Forbes – Cheryl Conner

“To be successful, international businesses (which is pretty much all of us these days, as foreign trade has become a substantial component of the U.S. economy) need to adapt to the needs of foreign clients as well as to communicate with foreign partners effectively…Nearly 80% of business leaders surveyed believe their overall business would increase notably if they had more internationally competent employees on staff…”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Learning A Language Is For Life, Not Just For Business

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“The ability to speak another language is seen as crucial to success in a globalized economy but advocating learning languages based on their usefulness is flawed…Rather than seeing language acquisition solely as a passport to success in business, we should see it as a way of connecting with other cultures…It opens our eyes, broadens our horizons and gives us an insight into other people’s lives…Knowledge of another language enriches us far beyond helping us get rich.”(more)

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)