Singapore tops OECD’s global school ranking, US placed 28th

CNBC – Luke Graham “Asian countries have topped the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s ranking of school performance across 76 countries, according to a report released on Wednesday. The high-profile report, which ranked...

21st Century Skills: Case Studies From Asia

Education Week – Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing “Innovation is high on the agenda of education systems in the Asia-Pacific region, and the million-dollar question is how schools should change to foster 21st century skills. Education policies and curricula...

Asia Shifts From Rote Learning to 21st Century Skills

Education Week – Satoko Yano and Mark Manns “Across education systems in the Asia-Pacific region, there is a growing emphasis on transversal competencies, better known in the U.S. as 21st century skills, and a move away from “traditional...

Michelle Obama heads to Asia to promote girls’ education

Reuters – Susan Heavey “First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month as part of a U.S. global effort to support education for girls, the White House said on Tuesday. She will visit Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan from March 18 to March...

Interest in Asian Studies at FIU Explodes

FIU Magazine – Deborah O’Neil “Growing up in Miami far from any cultural connection to Asia, Jennifer Garcia ’09, MA ’11, became enchanted with the hit Japanese anime TV series Sailor Moon. At the time, she didn’t really know anything about this...

Losing focus: Why so many Chinese children wear glasses

The Economist – Staff Writer “The incidence of myopia is high across East Asia, afflicting 80-90% of urban 18-year-olds in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan…The biggest factor in short-sightedness is a lack of time spent outdoors…if a child has...