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European royals turning their hand to Mandarin

China Daily – Fu Jing

“The Dutch people have applauded the announcement that Princess Catharina-Amalia, the 13-year-old heir to King Willem-Alexander’s throne, is to learn Chinese when the new semester starts in The Hague. Some have dubbed it the royal family’s “smartest investment”, pointing out the enhanced bilateral relations between China and the Netherlands. Such a move has already been made by the Belgian monarchy. Princess Elisabeth, the Duchess of Brabant, was born in 2001, the first child of King Philippe. She studies Mandarin in a Dutch-speaking school in Brussels. The Duchess of Brabant title is reserved for the heir apparent, and she is likely to become a queen who can speak Chinese as long as she can endure the difficulties of learning a language harder than her mother tongue.”(more)

U.S. Losing Its Grip On Elite Higher Education, Rankings Show

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“New university rankings published today show that the U.S. is losing its grip on the global elite higher education market. While the U.S. still retains the top spot, in the form of California Institute of Technology, it now has fewer universities in both the top 10 and the top 100. And the seemingly unstoppable rise of China and the Far East appears to have come to a halt – at least temporarily…And instead it is Europe, a continent wracked by internal strife and seemingly a busted flush, that appears to be undergoing something of a resurgence. The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators, covering teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. And they make sobering reading for nations that had taken their traditional dominance for granted.”(more)

Learning a foreign language a ‘must’ in Europe, not so in America

The Pew Research Center – Kat Devlin

“A popular stereotype of Americans traveling abroad is the tourist who is at a loss when it comes to coping with any language other than English. Fair or not, the fact is that while the U.S. does not have a national requirement for students to learn a foreign language in school, the typical European pupil must study multiple languages in the classroom before becoming a teen. Studying a second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries. In most European countries, students begin studying their first foreign language as a compulsory school subject between the ages of 6 and 9, according to a 2012 report from Eurostat, the statistics arm of the European Commission. This varies by country and sometimes within a country, with the German-speaking Community of Belgium – one of the three federal communities of Belgium– starting its 3-year-olds on a foreign language, but parts of the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland) waiting until age 11.”(more)

School-wide prevention program lowers teen suicide risk

Reuters – Madeline Kennedy

“(Reuters Health) – After a school-based prevention program, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows. Danuta Wasserman, a professor of psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said the program was likely successful because students “felt that the power of mastering their feelings, coping with stress and choosing solutions was in their hands and not decided or forced by adults.” Suicide is the third leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide attempts are even more common, with some research suggesting that 4 to 8 percent of high school students try to kill themselves each year, the CDC says.”(more)

The American Dream Is Leaving America

The New York Times – Nicholas Kristof

“THE best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken. We expect each generation to do better, but, currently, more young American men have less education (29 percent) than their parents than have more education (20 percent).” (more)