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Want to strengthen your brain for the fall semester? Try learning a second language.

The Courier – Tessa Morton

“Americans are largely monolingual, and that’s not a good thing. During the recent immigration debate (which is definitely not what this opinion piece is about), I heard the same, dare I say, ignorant phrase: if you’re in America, you should speak English. On its face, the argument makes sense. In America, English is the language that most people speak, so if you want to be understood, that certainly would make sense. However, why would hearing foreign languages ever be considered offensive? Speaking multiple languages is a strength that should be valued, and bilingualism is a skill that should be revered and aspired to, rather than jeered at.” (more)

OPINION: Choosing a career is no game for today’s students

The Hechinger Report – Duncan Young

“A 13-year-old has a wide array of career paths available, just as a Plinko disk has a wide array of outcomes down the board. But a student’s path is rarely a straight line toward the destination. One’s educational and career goals can often be jostled and driven off course. Recent research from Gallup and Strada Education Network found that more than half of Americans who pursued higher education would change their experience if they had the chance at a do-over.” (more)

Survey: Boys have waning interest in STEM careers

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Boys’ interest in STEM careers has dropped over the past year, while girls’ interest remains the same, according to an annual survey from Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP. Last year, 36 percent of surveyed male high school students said they wanted a STEM career, but this year, only 24 percent reported the same. For two years straight, just 11 percent of female high school students say they want to pursue a STEM profession.” (more)

Young adults with college degrees financially stable

Education Dive – Valerie Bolden-Barrett

“Regardless of family education or financial background, a significant number of young adults aged 22 to 35 (41%) who completed a degree are financially healthier than those who didn’t attend college, according to a new report. Money Under 35, a report from the asset management firm Navient, shows that young adults who completed their degree also faired notably better financially than those who started but didn’t complete their degree. The national study of 3,011 young Americans offers a snapshot of their financial state in the current economy.” (more)

STEM-focused program will test high-schoolers’ soft skills

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“A nonprofit organization that works with K-12 schools to prepare students for jobs in careers such as computer science, engineering and biomedical science hopes to give employers and higher education institutions some data on whether students are gaining so-called “soft skills.”” (more)

STEM is key to growth [Opinion]

Houston Chronicle – Dave Tredinnick

“We know STEM education helps kids develop critical thinking, supports innovation and boosts science literacy and an understanding of how the world works. Actually, it’s true for people of all ages. For college-aged students, it can also open up a tremendous world of career opportunities. And for those who are already in the workforce, it can make all the difference in evolving and building skills to keep up with industries that are rapidly changing along with advancing technology.” (more)