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Surge in number of students learning Chinese Mandarin

Stuff – Ruby McAndrew

“Each week, Li Ling Ho organises more than 20 Mandarin language classes and story time sessions, many of which are full to the brim with toddlers and schoolchildren learning the world’s most spoken language. Ho founded Ni Hao Children’s Community, a charitable organisation in Wellington, just over two years ago as a way to teach Chinese Mandarin in a fun way. With the number of participants on the up, it appears to have struck a chord. “So far, even just as a start up, people are really interested and keep asking us to start classes in different suburbs,” Ho said.”(more)

The 5 most (and 5 least) valuable college majors

USA Today – Daniel B. Kline

“A college degree can open up the path to a better life. In many cases that little piece of paper unlocks better jobs, higher earning potential, and a better life. Not all four-year degrees are created equally. There are majors where graduates earn more money and most certainly ones where people earn less. Anyone deciding what to study — and how much you are willing to borrow in order to earn your diploma — should at least consider that earning power varies greatly based on what you study.”(more)

Leaders Highlight Early Education for Drug Misuse Prevention

The U.S. News and World Report – Holly Ramer

“More than 100 children in New Hampshire’s largest city have witnessed an adult overdose in their home since 2016. Now, a police program that officials hope will be replicated elsewhere is working to prevent kids from meeting the same fate. Political and law enforcement leaders came together Friday to promote early childhood education and intervention to prevent substance misuse.”(more)

Does England’s rapid expansion of charter-like ‘academies’ hold a lesson for the U.S.?

Chalk Beat – Matt Barnum

“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants more schools to be free from what she characterizes as ineffective, bureaucratic rules. “In too many places there isn’t the kind of autonomy at a building level to really kind of break out of that mold and do things differently to meet students’ needs,” DeVos said in a recent interview. But is that autonomy itself likely to improve schools? .”(more)

Want a more peaceful world? Start by learning about other cultures and languages

The Fresno Bee – Andrew Fiala

“If we want to broaden our thinking, we must enlarge our vocabularies. Recent research shows how learning a foreign language changes the way we think about ethics. Experiments conducted at the University of Chicago indicate that non-native speakers tend be less emotional and more impartial in ethical decision-making.”(more)