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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Funding boost for Asian languages an important step

Scoop Independent News – Staff Writer

“The Asia New Zealand Foundation welcomes increased investment in Asian language learning in schools…“Given New Zealand’s growing ties with Asia, children and students will need a range of Asia-related capabilities, including language skills, by the time they enter the workforce. Increasingly, those who are multilingual will be advantaged, both in job prospects and in other respects, over those who are monolingual.” (more)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Language Learning Starts From The Cradle

Asian Scientist – Staff Writer

“Babies are good listeners and can absorb information in their native language even before reaching their first birthday, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Science. Furthermore, for tots in a Mandarin-speaking environment, they are able to differentiate the intonations in the language.” (more)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why Asian Nations Dominate Global Education Rankings

Forbes – James Marshall Crotty

“Last week, Pearson Education released its annual global educational performance report…In addition to the rankings, Pearson interviewed seven international experts on education to supplement the research and identify global trends in education and workforce development. The findings from these interviews included:”(more)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Study: Work Ethic Allows Asian-Americans to Outperform Peers

Education News – Grace Smith

“…two studies which tracked white and Asian students from kindergarten through high school revealed that the two groups of students begin school on a level playing ground. It is around the fifth grade that Asian-Americans begin to “significantly outperform whites”…The results suggest that the achievement gap occurs because of the levels of academic drive rather than in cognitive ability differences.”(more)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Among Universities Created In Last 50 Years, U.S. No Longer Leads The Pack

Forbes – James Marshall Crotty

“A prestigious London-based publication has produced its annual list of the world’s best emerging universities. And…the data suggests that Asian nations are emerging as the new hot spots for higher education…while the U.S. is still home to most of the world’s most prestigious institutions for higher education, other countries have invested in their existing schools, and in starting new schools, and, as a result, are able to compete quickly…”(more)

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)