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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Parents Should Coach Academics as Seriously as They Do Sports

The New York Times – Jennifer Arrow

“It sometimes seems that the American success ethic stops at the schoolhouse door. We encourage ambition in youth sports and entrepreneurial enterprise, but our families are often suspicious of the value of scholastic competition…Dr. Huang’s thoughtful book makes a persuasive argument that, in light of the demands of our current cutthroat global economy, American parents may do well to think of themselves as cognitive coaches for their kids. We should look at the homework spread across the dining room table playing field and say with all appropriate gusto: “Game on.””(more)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Study reveals strong correlation between employability and creativity

Networks Asia – Staff Writer

“Creative expression is a must for all students regardless of their stream of study, according to a study that surveyed educators across Asia Pacific…However, the study also highlighted the gaps in the current education system as 37 percent noted that it does not place enough emphasis on creative expression. This clearly implies that students are not gaining the necessary skills required for the modern workplace.”(more)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Opportunities Abound For Bilingual Workers

Job Informations – Staff Writer

“Hispanic and Asian populations in the U.S. are expected to triple over the next fifty years, according to population projections by the U.S. Census Bureau…In this evolving cultural picture, bilingual workers in skilled trades become more and more valuable. Opportunities for Spanish speakers can be easily found in finance, social work, business, and healthcare. On the West Coast, job seekers speaking Japanese, Chinese, and Mandarin are looking more attractive to prospective employers.”(more)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Debunk Asian stereotypes by learning their languages

WA Today – Shannon Smith

“So why does our education system continue to stereotype Asia and fail to better prepare our children for the future? Our politicians need to push for the implementation of Asian studies in this latest flourish of discussion about Australia’s place in the Asian century.”(more)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Acing School Reform: Lessons from Asia

Education Week – Anthony Jackson

“In a globalized economy, where graduates in Brooklyn compete with those in Berlin or Beirut or Beijing for jobs, we owe it to youngest generation to adopt better education practices, and quickly. Top school systems have several traits in common. Here are five practices the United States would do well to adopt:”(more)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

An Interview with Cornelius Grove: Author of “The Aptitude Myth”

Education News – Michael F. Shaughnessy

“Aristotle says that, at birth, a child gains a fixed mental capacity. Dweck’s research shows not only that Aristotle’s belief is wrong, but also that the resulting “fixed mindset” directly undermines a child’s capacity to excel in school. A “growth mindset,” which animates effort, promotes excellence in school.” (more)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

High Expectations, Commitment Drive Asian Students’ Success

Education News – Muhammad Nadeem

“According to Dave Breitenstein of the Fort Myers, Florida-based News-Press, parental demands, a fear of failure, competition and pride are the main factors behind Asia’s academic success.” (more)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Asian students carry high expectations for success

USA Today- Dave Breitenstein

“Critics are hammering the U.S. as other nations ascend international rankings, net astounding test scores and produce coveted scientists and engineers to steer a 21st century economy.” (more)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Business calls for greater Asian language skills

ABC News – Christina Zhou

““Employers everywhere are increasingly aware of the rhetoric that surrounds the Asian century, they’re increasingly attuned to the reality that China, and also Asia more broadly, are underwriting so much of the Australian economy,” he said. “Not only proficiency in Asian languages but also ‘cultural IQ’ is going to be an increasingly important asset to that company.””(more)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Becoming ‘Asia Literate’: Learn Chinese, but Don’t Stop There

The New York Times – Sue-Lin Wong

“Governments are increasingly recognizing the opportunities that exist for people like Mr. Stead who are able to marry technical skills or hobbies with “Asian literacy.” Also called “global competence,” it represents an understanding of other cultures and languages…”(more)