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Early childhood education key for business growth, speakers say

The Richmond Times-Dispatch – John Reid Blackwell

“Early childhood education should be seen as an investment that will pay off in long-term business and economic growth, several speakers said Tuesday at a conference in Richmond. About 85 percent of brain development occurs in a child’s first three years, so quality day care and preschool programs can set children on a path toward success in later education and careers, according to the speakers, who included a pediatrician and an entrepreneur. Let’s make sure that early childhood development is a top priority in our companies” for employees’ families, said Shawn Boyer, a Richmond businessman who founded the hourly job search site Snagajob.com.”(more)

3 Corporate Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language And Why You Should Care

Forbes – Brian Rashid

“At the pace with which businesses are expanding the world over, this is not the time for you to remain a monolinguist. With the evolving business landscape, and thinning borders. It would be a huge disadvantage for you as an individual or business-person to be limited to just one language. You’d be doing yourself a whole lot of disservice.”(more)

Learn languages for life skills

The Baylor Lariat – Staff Writer

“Even though business students now have room to take foreign language classes to the second level and are encouraged to do so by professors, there should be nothing optional about engaging in the global community through second language instruction. Furthermore, two semesters of course work is not sufficient to move past a basic level of proficiency. Every other major, including pre-medicine biology majors who have notoriously challenging course schedules, is required to fulfill a four-course requirement. All business majors should be required to take four semesters of a language as it promotes cultural understanding and makes students more marketable in the business world.”(more)

Lighting the way for STEM students

The Ventura County Star – Ramon Flores

“I found the biggest issue for young Latina/o students is understanding how to go about getting a college education. With parents who have no knowledge of the labyrinthine world of college and financial aid applications, students with my background struggle to understand how to get into college step-by-step. My inspiration and support came from my parents. Even though my father attended school for only one day before declaring he didn’t like it, he went on to teach himself to read, write and do math. My mother, who worked full-time, would spend her evenings at my high school in Sun Valley learning English. She was a strict taskmaster, making sure I not only got high marks, but the very best possible grades. Their examples gave me the drive to excel. I want to share that passion to succeed in STEM with other young people — especially Latina/os.”(more)

Teachers: Should you use business tactics for happier classrooms?

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“In recent years, school leaders have debated what, if anything, schools can glean from the way businesses are run. Should schools be managed like business organizations? And to what extent? Now, three educator-researchers are sharing their findings on the topic as they wonder if classroom teachers can use successful, proven business strategies to run their classrooms better and increase both student happiness and engagement.”(more)

Schools can raise girls’ aspirations by partnering with businesses

The Guardian – Patsy Kane

“The absence of aspiration and understanding of opportunities that I see in some students from disadvantaged backgrounds – especially girls – is something I want to address directly. I believe the answer to the lack of female leaders within our society and businesses could partly lie with us in education, and we have found partnerships with the business community leads to stronger results.”(more)