global competition

Former Australian prime minister to focus on girls' ed in U.S. think tank

Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia, has joined the Washington D.C.-based Brookings Institution as a non-resident senior fellow, where she will work to advance the center's key initiatives on global education, in particular, for girls in developing countries.

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Tech companies angle for big bucks in education

Enthusiasm for transforming education into a dynamic, personalized experience for kids is fueling innovative ideas and attracting a lot of money. While education leaders call for student access to useful tools and skills, entrepreneurs and investors see a market ripe for penetration.

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Unequal ed spending threatens U.S. global competitiveness

The U.S. education system is slipping behind other nations, and the widening achievement gap between rich and poor students is threatening the country's global competitiveness, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

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The global ed tech market will be worth $59.9 billion in 2018

With rapid, relentless and continuous advancement in technology, the requirements of students and teachers are also undergoing a tremendous change. The report "Education Technology and Smart Classroom Market: Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2013-2018)," defines and segments the global ed tech market.

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President Obama closes the broadband gap for students and teachers

Last week, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched the ConnectED initiative—a call to connect 99 percent of schools across the country to broadband internet within five years. President Obama described fixing that problem as an essential step in the high-quality education that will keep America a leader in an increasingly competitive global economy.

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Geography Lessons Make a World of Difference in Education

A new nationwide survey finds overwhelming public support for geography at all levels of education and recognizes the discipline’s value in government and business.

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Thirty Years Later: A Nation Still at Risk?

This April marks the 30th anniversary of the controversial Reagan-era report “A Nation at Risk”—and little has changed since.

Getting Education Rankings Right

The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report, which assesses the economies of 144 countries and ranks them based on more than 100 indicators, had something to say about education. This is hardly surprising. The question, though, is whether the index – which relies heavily on business executive assessments for the ranking – really gets education right.

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Should Schools Write Off Penmanship?

Many school systems in this country no longer teach penmanship, especially cursive writing.

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U.S. Lags in International Education Assessments

The results for international assessments on math, science, and reading are in: Students from East Asian countries, along with a select group of European countries, outperformed those in the United States, according to the results for the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released Dec. 11.

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