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How Being Multilingual Can Affect Your Financial Future

Odyssey – Serena Hajjar

“With growing interdependence among countries, multilingualism is becoming an increasingly important asset, especially in the workplace. Today, the most prosperous economies in the world are driven by open- and free-trade principles. This requires constant interaction with people from all around the world, people from vastly different cultures. To successfully participate in this globalized economy, it’s important to recognize that not everyone will speak your language (that would be a rather pretentious assumption)…the law of supply and demand plays a significant role in determining the economic value of various languages…to maximize your earning potential, learn a language which is in high demand, but low supply.”(more)

Could dual language immersion be the future in our schools?

The Sheridan Press – Mike Dunn

““Today’s kindergarten class will graduate in 2029. What will that year look like?” Brian Deurloo said addressing parents and teachers Tuesday night. Deurloo is a Sheridan native, Casper resident and one of the leaders of a collaboration between parents, teachers and legislators called the Dual Language Immersion Parent Organization…These programs have been launched across the country…Deurloo said it’s very simple: If Americans don’t learn to speak more than one language today, they will be left behind in the business world tomorrow. While the most commonly spoken language in the world is English, a 2011 Bloomberg article stated that Mandarin Chinese is close behind. Spoken by more than 845 million people, Deurloo said Americans could have an advantage in business if they speak with clients in their foreign language. “The world is getting smaller. We can no longer afford to be monolingual,” Deurloo said.”(more)

100Kin10 Looks to Increase US STEM Teaching Corps

Education News – Ina Krasteva

“In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama set an ambitious goal of preparing 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021. In January this year, the President announced a $4 billion “Computer Science for All” plan that aims to provide computer science education to all American kids and especially girls from minority groups. As a response, the education group 100Kin10, a coalition of tech companies, state agencies and foundations, has come together to support and foster science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education nationwide…However, the lack of enough STEM teachers is not the only problem that both government and non-profit sector need to solve.”(more)

Should you treat your school like a business?

E-School News – Laura DeVaney

“As parents have more choices regarding where their children go to school, some districts are beginning to view students and parents as “customers” — with surprising results. The idea of treating students, parents and the school community as customers isn’t an entirely new one, but it’s still one that makes some school leaders balk. After all, schools are institutions of learning, and traditionally, they have not been thought of as businesses. But with the growth of charter schools and online schools, parents have other options to explore if their child’s school does not meet expectations — and when students leave, so, too, does funding. And in an effort to increase parental engagement and ensure that parents and community members feel as though they are part of their children’s school, the newly-passed Every Student Succeeds Act includes multiple methods to increase parental engagement, including expanded accessibility, regular two-way communication, and enhanced parent and family engagement policies.”(more)

BASF taking innovation where markets are

China Daily- Zhu Wenqian

“BASF director says the firm is coasting on its long history with China to industrial glory
BASF SE’s association with China goes back all the way to 1885. Over the last 130 years, the Ludwigshafen, Germany-headquartered 150-year-old multinational, which deals mainly in chemicals, plastics, performance products, crop protection products, petrochemicals, nutrition and health products, oil and gas, has made China key to its growth and evolution.
Sanjeev Gandhi, 49, one of BASF’s executive directors, now heads the company’s operations in Greater China and Asia Pacific. A BASF veteran, Gandhi has risen through the ranks over 22 years to reach the Board of Executive Directors.”(more)

Business gets schooled

Fortune Magazine – Peter Elkind

“When Exxon Mobil, GE, Intel, and others pushed for the education standards, they incurred the wrath of Tea Party conservatives and got a painful lesson in modern politics. In February 2014, two of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Charles Koch, dined together at a West Coast restaurant. They made quite the odd couple: the Seattle Microsoft MSFT 0.31% co-founder, now devoting his time and fortune to changing the world, and the Kansas industrialist, still running his private conglomerate while working to shrink government to the size of a pea. The two discussed many subjects and even touched, diplomatically, on topics they disagree about, such as climate change. There was a second sensitive subject that Gates broached, and it didn’t come up by chance. His team at the Gates Foundation had engaged in a process it calls a “faction analysis” and identified Koch as a key opponent on a crucial issue. Gates had a mission that night: He wanted to persuade Koch to change his mind about Common Core.”(more)