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Saturday, January 24, 2015

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)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

‘Remarkable increase’ in young Europeans learning Spanish

Euro News – Chris Harris

“The data, released to coincide with European Day of Languages on September 26, shows the percentage of EU pupils studying the language jumped by 64.9 percent in the seven years leading up to 2012.” (more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26 is European Day of Languages – Staff Writer

“The European Day of Languages is 26 September, as proclaimed by the Council of Europe…The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are to: alert the public to the importance of language learning and diversify the range of languages learned in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding; promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity…” (more)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

E.U. Fights to Get Everyone Speaking Same Language on Education

The New York Times – PETER TEFFER

“In 2002, government leaders of the member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age,” and in 2005, the Union’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective ‘to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.'”(more)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Europe’s Educational Evolution

Project Syndicate – Mary McAleese

“Europe is grappling with great challenges – too great for any one country to address. Facing economic crisis, widespread unemployment, and rising competition from developing economies, Europe must adjust to technological advances…Education holds the key not only to better jobs and stronger GDP growth, but also to the cultural, political, and social development that is needed…”(more)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Inflexible education exacerbates EU youth crisis – study

Reuters – Martin Santa

“In a study published this week, based on a survey of 5,300 young Europeans, 2,600 employers and 700 technical schools, colleges and universities, McKinsey found a severe mismatch between graduates and the skills businesses say they need.”(more)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Poland: Education’s superpowers have a new kid on the bloc

The Sydney Morning Herald – Alicia PQ Wittmeyer

“Shanghai (which, as many have pointed out, is not a country), Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Korea and Japan continue to dominate in maths. The US continues to stagnate and declinists continue to fret. But overlooked amid this familiar routine is the ongoing rise of Poland: eastern Europe’s new education powerhouse.”(more)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Malala makes impassioned plea for child education

The Kansas City Star – Staff Writer

” In a speech accepting the EU’s top human rights award, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has urged the 28-nation bloc to better help the millions of children who are denied a formal education.”(more)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Commission highlights benefits of foreign language skills for UK students and business

Europa – Press Release

“More needs to be done to encourage British students to study languages at A Level and university, according to the European Commission. The importance of foreign language skills is self-evident in all EU countries, given that businesses increasingly operate internationally…” (more)