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What the World Can Teach Us: International Lessons on Choice and Innovation in Education

Home Room – Staff Writer

“Every student in the United States deserves a great education. And, every parent in this country – regardless of background, income or zip code – deserves the right to choose the school that is best for his or her child. To achieve that goal, Secretary DeVos has called for “a transformation that will open up America’s education system.” If we’re going to meet the diverse needs of today’s learners, we need fresh thinking and innovative approaches. There’s plenty we can learn from other countries, as they strive to prepare their students for 21st century realities. Those lessons were the subject of a recent briefing at the Department – the first of a new series of learning sessions the Secretary has launched, focused on effective, student-centered education. The speaker was Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).”(more)

What Do International Students Think of American Schools?

Education Next – Louis Serino

“In 2001, the Brown Center conducted a first-of-its-kind survey of foreign exchange students, asking kids from abroad who have attended U.S. high schools what they think about U.S. education and their American peers. It quickly became one of the most popular studies in the center’s history. In the 2017 Brown Center Report on American Education, author Tom Loveless replicated the survey, hoping to shed light on what is peculiarly American about American high schools. With these new data, Loveless compares the results, more than a decade apart, with a surprising result: Not much has changed.”(more)

Multilingual education is ‘absolutely essential,’ UNESCO chief says on Mother Language Day

The United Nations News – Staff Writer

“Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, the head of the United Nations agency for culture and education has said, marking International Mother Language Day. “There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding of every culture,” said UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova in her message on the Day.”(more)

‘The world needs science and science needs women,’ UN says on International Day

The U.N. News Centre – Staff Writer

“United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged greater investments in teaching science, technology, engineering and math to all women and girls as well as equal access to these opportunities. “For too long, discriminatory stereotypes have prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Mr. Guterres in his message for International Day of Women and Girls in Science, marked annually on 11 February. “As a trained engineer and former teacher, I know that these stereotypes are flat wrong,” he said, explaining that they deny women and girls the chance to realize their potential – and deprive the world of the ingenuity and innovation of half the population.”(more)

International Baccalaureate: how to get a better score

The Telegraph – Boudica Fox-Leonard

“With its diversity of subjects and reputation for rigour and nurturing independent students, the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme continues to snap at the heels of our home-grown A-levels. This summer, 4,303 sixth formers received their diplomas in the UK, marking an increase of 10.4 per cent compared with last year. And British IB students are shining on the world stage, beating the global average of 30.07 with an average of 34.66.”(more)

10 Reasons Why You Should Choose China For Your MBA

Business Because – Christian Robinson

““China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.” Though the iconic French general and statesman Charles De Gaulle passed almost half a century ago, this reductive epithet continues to echo from the general Western population. China is still a big country and it is, indeed, inhabited by many Chinese. But an increasing amount of international students are flocking to its shores, as well as those of the autonomous region of Hong Kong, attracted by everything from scholarships to start-ups. Here are 10 reasons why students are foregoing more obvious choices to venture East:”(more)