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Language skills can seal the deal for business students

North Jersey – Antoinette Rainone

“Interested in conducting business around the world? It may seem obvious, but it’s highly beneficial to speak the language of the people you’re doing business with. “Business is conducted all over the world in real time in multiple languages,” said Dr. Maria Ann Roglieri, professor of foreign languages at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. “People in international business need to understand the language – and culture – of their clients.” Dr. Gladys Torres-Baumgarten, associate professor in international business at Ramapo College of New Jersey concurs. “In international business, there could be a scenario where someone in an international market is faced with doing business with two potentially viable business partners, but if one of them speaks the decision-maker’s language, chances are that the foreign language speaker will be given the business.” In pragmatic terms, it cannot be assumed that clients are fluent enough in English to conduct an entire meeting in English.”(more)

The US is failing to invest enough in one of the most critical periods in children’s education

Quartz – Jenny Anderson

“Considerable research shows that well-designed early childhood programs can help children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, build social, emotional and academic skills that can help them as students and in life. The US seems to have missed that memo. In 2014, it had one of the lowest enrollment rates for children in early childhood and pre-primary programs among the world’s richest 35 countries. Only three do worse than the US at offering programs for kids aged three and four: Turkey, Switzerland and Greece. In the US only 42% of three-year olds and 68% of four-year olds were enrolled; among countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation the average is is 71% and 86%, respectively.”(more)

Parents cite lack of need as reason for not getting kids flu shots

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don’t perceive the need, according to a new case-control study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The study is especially timely in the wake of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that only flu shots (not nasal spray flu vaccine) be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. This development will likely have implications for public health as data from recent flu seasons suggests nasal spray flu vaccine accounts for about one-third of all flu vaccines given to children, and many children have a fear of needles.”(more)

‘It builds confidence and independence’: the many benefits of making pupils into mentors

The Guardian – Ryan Wilson

“There’s nothing we can do to overcome our status as teachers. But peer mentoring offers a way to sidestep it. There are no teachers wagging fingers; just friendly faces offering the benefit of their experience. But what does peer mentoring look like in practice? And does it work? The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (pdf) defines it as a one-to-one relationship, where the mentor volunteers their support to another student. Normally, it’s during a time of transition in the mentee’s life. Birmingham’s Hamstead Hall Academy runs two strands of the scheme: one for more able students, and another for those experiencing personal or family issues. Attendance is voluntary and pupils are encouraged to share experiences and work on specific subject areas.”(more)

Parenting Is Educating

The U.S. News and World Report – Liza McFadden and Doro Bush Koch

“As millions of children headed back to school earlier this month, educators across the nation prepared their classrooms and lesson plans with high hopes for a successful academic year. While the learning that takes place within those classroom walls is undeniably important, we must remember that it does not represent the entirety of a child’s educational experience. This week, as we celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, we must focus on a critical, and often overlooked, component of K-12 student success: parents. Nationwide, concerns about student achievement are well documented. Mounting data makes us question whether our children are receiving the education they need and deserve. The U.S. spends more per student than other countries on K-12 education, but that spending does not translate into better performance. Only 36 percent of our nation’s fourth graders are proficient in reading, earning the U.S. a ranking of 17 out of 34 counties surveyed by the Program for International Student Assessment.”(more)

White House to bolster STEM education, close skills gap

CIO – Kenneth Corbin

“On paper, the Obama administration has taken many steps toward advancing education and training in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math — a critical policy priority for many businesses that say they struggle to hire qualified workers. But White House officials are quick to acknowledge that more work needs to be done, particularly in recruiting girls and minority students into computer science and other technical fields. They are hoping that a newly launched advanced placement course will help attract more interest in computer science by integrating the field with other disciplines and emphasizing real-world applications.”(more)