China: Education Not Delivering ‘Results’

China: Education Not Delivering ‘Results’

About 10,000 Chinese college students look for a job at a job fair in Changzhou

Four in 10 Chinese complain about the yawning gap between large investments in education and its returns, a recent nationwide survey has showed.

The Horizon Research Consultancy Group polled 3,355 residents aged 16 to 60 in both urban and rural areas, including seven metropolises such as Beijing and Shanghai. The survey found that only 16 percent of respondents believed their investments on education gave good returns.

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What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

 

High-school students here rarely get more than a half-hour of homework a night. They have no school uniforms, no honor societies, no valedictorians, no tardy bells and no classes for the gifted. There is little standardized testing, few parents agonize over college and kids don’t start school until age 7.

Yet by one international measure, Finnish teenagers are among the smartest in the world. They earned some of the top scores by 15-year-old students who were tested in 57 countries. American teens finished among the world’s C students even as U.S. educators piled on more homework, standards and rules. Finnish youth, like their U.S. counterparts, also waste hours online. They dye their hair, love sarcasm and listen to rap and heavy metal. But by ninth grade they’re way ahead in math, science and reading — on track to keeping Finns among the world’s most productive workers.

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College Students Buried in Facebook

College Students Buried in Facebook

College students still can’t get enough of Facebook.

According to Youth Trends’ February 2008 “Top Ten List Report,” Facebook was students’ favorite Web site for the seventh straight quarter.

“Among men, CollegeHumor, Break and Digg all experienced gains over the most recent quarter as MySpace missed out making the top ten for the first time in a year and half,” said Josh Weil, CEO of Youth Trends.

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