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Most literate nation in the world? Not the U.S., new ranking says.

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“A new world ranking of countries and their literacy rates puts the United States at 7th. Who’s No. 1? Finland. The study, conducted by John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., analyzes trends in literate behavior and literacy in more than 60 countries. It found that Nordic countries are among the most literate in the world but countries in the Western Hemisphere didn’t do well…In a statement, he said: “The factors we examined present a complex and nuanced portrait of a nation’s cultural vitality, and what the rankings strongly suggest and world literacy demonstrates is that these kinds of literate behaviors are critical to the success of individuals and nations in the knowledge-based economics that define our global future.”…Here are the rankings:”(more)

Education is the topic for the new World Development Report

The World Bank – KAUSHIK BASU

“Education is central to improving human welfare and to achieving the goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Schooling was recognized as vital to achieving the MDGs, and it remains front and center in the SDGs. Yet there has never been a World Development Report (WDR) on education. As a result, I have just announced that the WDR 2018—with a working title of Realizing the Promise of Education for Development—will fill this gap by taking stock of what the development community has learned, and how it can strengthen and expand education systems to drive significantly more development and growth.”(more)

How U.S. Students Stack Up in Math, Reading and Science

U.S. News & World Report – Lauren Camera

“More than 1 in 4 15-year-olds living in economically developed countries – some 13 million students – do not have a basic level of knowledge in at least one of the three core subjects: math, reading and science. In some countries, the statistic is worse, with more than 1 in 2 students lacking such baseline proficiency. And that poor performance holds ramifications that reach far beyond just a report card. Those are just some of the top-line findings tucked inside a 212-page report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, which analyzed data from the 64 countries that participated in the latest international education assessment, known as the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA. “It is urgent to get this right,” said Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the OECD and an author of the report. “Students who perform poorly at age 15 face a high risk of dropping out of school altogether, and when a large share of the population lacks basic skills, a country’s long-term economic growth is severely compromised.””(more)

Why girls’ education is the world’s best investment

Brookings – Rebecca Winthrop, Fred Dews & Bill Finan

“In this podcast, Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, walks us through the evolution of girls’ education and how “Twenty-five years ago, girls’ education was an issue in every single country in the world.” She reminds us that there’s a reason to be optimistic: “There are a lot of huge gains in girls’ education. There is a lot to celebrate. Over the last twenty years, the number of girls who have been out of school have been cut in half.””(more)

Yes! Your creativity is what the world needs

CREATIVE SOMETHING – Tanner Christensen

“For a long time I believed – as I think many of us are taught – that creative geniuses were special.It’s such a common belief that to be someone who solves problems with creativity, you have to be exceptional at what you do. Or the belief that if you want to be an artist you have to be born with an artists mind, that’s a fallacy too.Really, artists and creative geniuses, successful entrepreneurs, famous writers, all of the people you looked up to and still do, they are all exactly like you when it comes to creativity.”(more)