Meeting Confucius in modern times

China Daily- Andrew Moody

“The intriguing aspect of this is to what extent those ideas still continue to spread and penetrate Chinese society.
Many Chinese (even more than Westerners) make fun of some of his more banal sayings while at the same time continue to conform, perhaps unconsciously, to his ideas of family responsibility, order and hierarchy.
Certainly, much continues to be written about how much Confucian thinking informs the business community in China.
Confucius, himself, does not seem to have had much time for commerce, once saying: “The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.””(more)

Business high school

The Economist – Staff Writer

“RADCLIFFE SADDLER began working at IBM, where he analyses market trends, on July 13th. He applies his programming and technical skills to a digital platform that provides market research to his colleagues. It is a good job: he makes $50,000 a year, has a health-care package and a pension plan. Mr Saddler is 18 years old. He earned his high-school diploma last month. A few weeks before finishing school, he also received an associate degree in computer systems technology. Mr Saddler was a pupil at P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School), an unusual school in the Crown Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn which blends a public high-school education with community college courses and paid work experience. He, along with five other pupils, finished the six-year programme two years early. Three of the graduates are going on to four-year universities. The remaining other two will join Mr Saddler at IBM.”(more)

Children Should Create Before They Code

The Huffington Post – Christine Nasserghodsi

“Raise your hand if you’ve received at least one email advertising a coding camp for your child. Keep it up if you have considered it. I have. My children enjoy programming and I see it as an important and empowering skill to have – to be creators, not just consumers of technology. Still, my children will not be going to coding camp this summer…Something is missing from this ad. Children must play before they can invent games. They must build with sticks outside or blocks inside before building in a visual programming language. They need to understand complex problems before they can offer solutions. They need to learn to collaborate with others before they can succeed on their own.”(more)

Avoiding the Summer STEM Slide

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“STEM advocates pour a boatload of time and talent into improving K–12 STEM learning. For many students, however, learning gains achieved during the school year take a substantial hit during the summer vacation months…We hear a lot about the reading slump that occurs over the summer, when many kids tend to put the books aside. The learning slump is every bit as real in STEM subjects—and some studies indicate that the slump is more pronounced in math than in reading…What to do about the summer STEM slide? Summer learning programs can make a world of difference. For example, students who attend quality summer programs return to school in the fall with an advantage in math, with stronger math skills than their peers who do not attend such programs.”(more)

Community colleges expected to triple efforts to internationalize

ScienceBlog – Staff Writer

“Community colleges around the nation expect to have about 24 percent of their programs fully internationalized by 2024, up from only 8 percent now, according to a new study…“We suggest that a target goal of internationalizing 20 percent of community college programming by 2024 is preferred to maintain the international competitiveness of the United States workforce,” said lead researcher Tomas Hult…”(more)

Infant and Toddler Special Education Passed Over for Other Initiatives

Education Week – Christina Samuels

“The end of 2014 marked a busy time for early-childhood education. But the tiny (by federal government standards) program specifically earmarked to serve infants and toddlers up to age 2 who have developmental disabilities continues to get little attention.”(more)