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Japanese Study: Engaged Parents Raise Happy, Affluent Kids

Education News – Grace Smith

“A new study from Japan has found that children who get authentic engagement from their parents have increased levels of happiness, higher incomes, higher grades, and a stronger moral compass. Katrina Pascual, writing for Tech Times, reports that research team leaders Nishimura Kazuo of Kobe University and Yagi Tadashi of Doshisha University Faculty of Economics examined the consequences of current Japanese parenting practices. They questioned 5,000 women and men about their parental relationships during their childhoods…The key factors the researchers focused on were parents’ lack of interest, rules, independence, trust, time spent between parents and children and disciplinary incidents. Using their survey findings, the group of scientists divided parenting techniques into six categories. They were: Supportive, Harsh, Strict, Average, Indulgent, and Easygoing. The researchers found that kids who were brought up by “supportive” parents had high salary rates, better academic accomplishments, and increased happiness levels. Strict parents were more likely to have children who made high salaries and did well academically, but had reduced happiness levels and increased levels of stress.”(more)

Learn a foreign language for better pay, more opportunities

Hindustan Times – Himani Chandna

“You want to earn a bit extra from your peers? Learn a foreign language…An MBA, or an engineering degree, may not earn you as much money as knowing a foreign language can…The top three languages in demand include Mandarin, Japanese and German. Knowing a foreign language is an added advantage for employees as they help the company communicate with clients in a personal tone and helps in easy sharing of documents and information…And, there’s another side of the story as well. As per a research by a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, bilinguals are better at multi-tasking.”(more)

The Top Degrees For Getting Hired Right Out Of College: Energy Industry Jobs Take A Dive

Forbes – Karsten Strauss

“Finding work after graduation is a concern of almost every student – grad or undergrad or doctoral – in the final year of school. It’s a source of stress and excitement. It turns out, unsurprisingly, that graduates with certain degrees are more successful finding a job right out of school than others. A study released this month by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a Bethlehem, PA non-profit that links college career placement offices with employers, revealed which graduating bachelors degree students in the class of 2015 – by college major – were able to find employment within six months of graduation…It turns out that the field of study that led to the highest rate of employment within six months of graduation was computer sciences, with 72% of students majoring in the concentration finding a full-time job. Those computer science students also reported an average starting salary of just over $69,000 a year—the highest starting salary tracked in NACE’s study. That’s an 11.3% increase in salary over numbers reported last year, according to NACE. Number two on the list of majors that led to quick full-time employment was Business…”(more)

What’s a degree worth? Depends on what you study — and where

The Washington Post – Nick Anderson

“Given rising costs, high debt and an uncertain job market, questions about the value of a college degree have proliferated. As the debate heats up, remember that, overall, college is a good investment. Even if it isn’t uniformly worth a million dollars, college graduates earn more than high school graduates and they are far less likely to be unemployed. But students need to know that not all college degrees are created equal and that some majors will launch them into the middle class relatively quickly while others might lead to years upon years of camping out in Mom’s basement, driving a beater and struggling to pay off student loans…Luckily…many states are reporting what graduates with different majors at different schools earn.”(more)

Report: Career and Technical Education Programs Can Boost Graduation, Wages

The 74 – Matt Barnum

“Taking more career and technical education (CTE) courses helps students graduate from high school, get a job, and earn more money, according to a report released today by the Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank. Written by University of Connecticut professor Shaun Dougherty, the report examines Arkansas’s required CTE program and recommends that other states borrow from its approach…The findings come amid ongoing debates about how high schools can best prepare students for postgraduate success, whether college is “for everyone,” and to what extent schools should create different academic and job preparation tracks…The study’s main finding is striking: “The more CTE courses students take, the better their education and labor market outcomes.”…On balance, the report is clearly good news for CTE advocates, but it also has its limits.”(more)

U.S. Falls Short in Pay Equity, Tuition Costs and Access to Pre-K

U.S. News & World Report –
Lauren Camera

“A sweeping report about the state of education across the globe shows that overall, countries are making big strides on several important education indicators, from prekindergarten through the higher education space and into the workplace. But compared to many industrialized countries, the U.S. is lagging in a number of areas, according to “Education at a Glance 2015,” the 600-page report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. For example, the U.S. still ranks high when it comes to the number of people earning degrees, but other countries are catching up, and tuition in other countries is nowhere near as pricey. On the K-12 front, educators in the U.S. teach for longer hours, but get paid less. And the U.S. ranks at the bottom when it comes to the number of children attending an early childhood education program.”(more)