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Learning a second language still matters

The Times Higher Education – Wendy Ayres-Bennett

“There are huge benefits from being able to step outside a single language, culture and mode of thought and see the world through other people’s eyes. We know from research carried out by the British Academy’s Born Global project that it is the combination of language and intercultural skills that makes linguists attractive as employees. The Arts and Humanities Research Council is also funding four major, multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research programmes under the Open World Research Initiative to demonstrate the strategic importance of language-led research.”(more)

Girls need to see women who are succeeding in finance

The Tennessean – Jennifer Pagliara

“Did you know that today in the United States, only 21 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women? That’s right, it’s nearly 2017 and only a paltry 4.2 percent of America’s biggest companies are led by the sex that comprises over half of our country’s population. Even more shockingly, that percentage hasn’t really changed in over 40 years. As a woman, that makes me rather sad and rather angry, all at the same time. That figure had a similar effect on Maura Cunningham in 2012, only she decided to do something about it.”(more)

Cybersecurity in U.S. : A Boost From STEM Education [Video]

The University Herald – Julia Ramirez

“People have become dependent on the internet. The comfort brought about by technology is paired with its challenges. Cyberattackers constantly exert effort to illegally obtain sensitive data and destroy systems from smartphones and online banking to passwords. With the complexity of digital economy, there is an increase in the demand for highly trained cybersecurity professionals. The following are the four reasons why cybersecurity would benefit from an education that targetson science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a commentary from Charleston Gazette Mail..”(more)

Child nutrition reauthorization stalls out

Feed Stuffs – Staff Writer

“It already has been more than a year since the bipartisan Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act expired, and there was hope that an agreement could be reached on how to balance the more bipartisan approach championed in the Senate or the House’s version. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry held a hearing in May 2015 and unanimously approved the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity & Access Act of 2016 in January. The House had approved its measure earlier this spring as well. However, it looks like politics will prevent the bill from crossing the finish line before Congress adjourns for the year.”(more)

Getting children into school is not like going to Pluto, says Julia Gillard

Reuters – Nita Bhalla

“The world is facing a crisis if countries do not increase their education budgets and get more children into school, warned Julia Gillard, chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a global education funding agency. There are 260 million children and adolescents out of school globally, says the Education Commission, a global organisation of former prime ministers, academics and business leaders set up last year to campaign for investment in education.”(more)

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Engagement is a crucial part of learning, but ensuring students are actively engaged is more complex than whether a student is paying attention or not. As technology has made its way into the classroom many educators describe how attentive students are when on devices, but a quiet, outwardly behaved student is not the same thing as one that is truly engaged. The kind of engagement that leads to learning is three dimensional.”(more)