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The Demise of the SAT2 Subject Tests: Good News or Bad News for College Admission?

This week there was a general outcry of “huzzah” and “hallelujah” in College Admissions Land.  The College Board announced yesterday that the SAT2 Subject Tests would be eliminated.As the Munchkins of Oz might have sung, “Ding Dong, The Wicked Subject Tests are Dead!”But, as with the death of any reviled demon, the question remains, “what’s next”?What will this mean for competitive students?  What will it mean for the elite colleges that have required them?  What will it mean for the College Boa...
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A Princeton professor warned students not to take his class while in China amid the country's tightening grip on dissent

Blair Hall at Princeton University. Loop Images/ UIG/ Getty Images. Rory Truex, an assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, told students not to take his course on Chinese politics if they currently reside in China. Truex told the Daily Princetonian the course covers subjects the Chinese government may consider sensitive and could endanger students. American academics fear for their Chinese students in the wake of China's increasingly bold crackdow...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Education, College, China, Trends, Higher Education, Chinese communist party, Freedom Of Speech, Princeton, Truex, Princeton University, Academia, Communist Party, Daily Princetonian, Tiananmen Square Massacre

The Anti-Gluttony Door in Portugal’s Alcobaça Monastery Shamed Plump Monks to Start Fasting

Consider that you eat the sins of the people —inscription carved above the entrance to the Monastery of Alcobaça‘s refectory Apparently, the Monastery of Alcobaça‘s resident monks were eating plenty of other things, too. Eventually their reputation for excessive plumpness became problematic. A hefty physique may have signified prosperity and health in 1178 when construction began on the UNESCO World Heritage site, but by the 18th-century, those extra rolls of flesh were considered at odds with ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, College, China, Wikipedia, New York City, Religion, Architecture, Food & Drink, Portugal, David Bowie, Macao, Unesco World Heritage, Facebook Twitter, Beckford

YC-backed Blabla raises $1.5M to teach English through short videos

Short, snappy, entertaining videos have become an increasingly common way for young people to receive information. Why not learn English through TikTok-like videos too? That was what prompted Angelo Huang to launch Blabla. Originally from Taiwan, Huang relocated to Shanghai in 2019 to start Blabla after working in Silicon Valley for over a decade. A year later, Blabla was chosen as part of Y Combinator’s 2020 summer cohort. The coronavirus had begun to spread in the U.S. at the time, keeping mil...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, Funding, Tech, Taiwan, Shanghai, Tencent, Silicon Valley, Telefonica, Latin America, Yc, Huang

'China-watching' is a lucrative business. But whose language do the experts speak? | Yangyang Cheng

The question of whether one needs to be able to speak Chinese to understand China has never been so fraughtI remember the muted pain in my classmate’s voice when he raised his hand to speak. He wanted to know why, as a Chinese person studying science in China, he was required to take English and pass proficiency tests in order to graduate. “Leave English to the English majors,” he said.The teacher explained that English is the global language of science: the best journals are published in Englis...
Tags: Education, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Yangyang Cheng

If you want to truly understand China, do you need to be able to speak Chinese? | Yangyang Cheng

As a student, I learned English was the language of opportunity – a belief that keeps most Chinese invisible to the global eliteI remember the muted pain in my classmate’s voice when he raised his hand to speak. He wanted to know why, as a Chinese person studying science in China, he was required to take English and pass proficiency tests in order to graduate. “Leave English to the English majors,” he said.The teacher explained that English is the global language of science: the best journals ar...
Tags: Education, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Yangyang Cheng

Inside SuperCharger Ventures’ debut virtual edtech accelerator

Before the pandemic, edtech companies went decades without raising financing due to lack of interest from generalist venture capitalists. Now, more than a year since COVID-19 began, the sector is showing signs of maturation, from first profits to unicorns, potential IPOs and a rush of talent. Momentum in mind, cross-border venture capital firm SuperCharger Ventures is launching a debut accelerator exclusively for early-stage edtech founders. The 12-week accelerator, which kicks off today, is bei...
Tags: TC, Asia, Accelerator, Europe, Education, China, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, BSD, COVID, Supercharger Ventures, Janos Barberis, Barberis, NextView Ventures NextView Ventures, Taylor Freeman Axon Park

COVID, BLM, Kobe, fires and more: Pixels from 2020, by staff photographer David Crane

Back in January I visited my friends’ house and noticed he had a huge box of 500 surgeon’s masks in his entry hallway which had just been delivered by Amazon. I thought it was a strange purchase as he is not a doctor or works in the medical field, and in fact, has been retired for a few years. He went on to tell me about a virus in China and he thought it might spread to other countries so he figured he should order some masks just in case and asked if I would like some. At the time, I told him ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, South Korea, Business, Elections, News, Education, Government, China, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Tokyo, San Jose, Local News

Photos: Staff photographer Keith Birmingham shares his images of the year 2020

  Brandi Chastain (#6) tears off her uniform top and cheers after scoring the winning shootout goal for the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team at the Rose Bowl in 1999. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) USA’s players from left: Jullie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain are seen during the medal ceremony after the gold medal women’s soccer game between USA and Brazil for the Athens 2004 Olympics at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens, on Thursday A...
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5 Great Business Ideas For College Students To Make Money In 2021

New Post From The Franchise King® (Guest Post: 5 Business Ideas For College Students In 2021) Setting up a business and becoming self-employed is simultaneously one of the most challenging and also one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. On the one hand, it will be challenging, uncertain, risky, and take a lot of hard work and determination, not to mention a willingness to put yourself out there and risk failing. On the other hand, you might actually find something profi...
Tags: College, Ebay, China, Sales, Business Ideas, Business Trends, College Students, Dslr, Michael Turner, 2021, Business Ideas For College

The Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery: A Kyoto Woodworker Shows How Japanese Carpenters Created Wood Structures Without Nails or Glue Anyone can develop basic woodworking skills — and, per the advice of Nick Offerman, perhaps everyone should. Those who do learn that things of surprising functionality can be made just by cutting pieces of wood and nailing or gluing them together. Fewer, however, have the patience and dedication to master woodworking without nails or glue, an art that in Japan has been refined over many generations. Traditional Japanese carpenters put up entire...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, China, Architecture, Nick Offerman, Seoul, Wood, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Iwakuni, Yamanashi, 21st Century Los Angeles, Dylan Iwakuni

Party-State Capitalism in China

China’s political economy has evolved from “state capitalism” to a distinctly party-driven incarnation. Party-state capitalism, via enhanced party monitoring and industrial policy, deepens ambiguity between the state and private sectors, and increases pressure on foreign capital, prioritizing the regime’s political survival above all. [Author: by Margaret Pearson, Meg Rithmire, and Kellee Tsai]
Tags: College, China, Party, Meg Rithmire, Kellee Tsai, by Margaret Pearson, and Kellee Tsai, Margaret Pearson Meg Rithmire

Henry picks up cash to be a Lambda School for Latin America

Latin America’s startup scene has attracted troves of venture investment, lifting highly-valued companies such as Rappi and NuBank into behemoth businesses. Now that the spotlight has arrived, those same startups need more talent than ever before to meet demand. That’s where one seed-stage Buenos Aires startup wants to help. Henry has created an online computer science school that trains software developers from low-income backgrounds to understand technical skills and get employed. The company ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Education, Mexico, China, Tech, United States, Argentina, Isa, Edtech, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Nubank, Henry, Luz

Children and the Internet at UN Internet Governance Forum: Issues around gaming, online harms, education

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed children into spending more time online, whether it be for education, recreation, or simply by the virtue to being stuck indoors. It has also increased challenges for parents, policymakers, and companies alike, given that children are exposed to online harms as they spend more time online. On the other hand, the pandemic has shown the deep digital divide, wherein millions of children do not have access to a device and internet connection. The United Nations Inter...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, News, Education, Microsoft, Children, Australia, Youtube, China, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, United Nations, Commission, Portugal

When ABBA Wrote Music for the Cold War-Themed Musical, Chess: “One of the Best Rock Scores Ever Produced for the Theatre” (1984) Chess is amazing. The simplicity of its characters and plot (capture the king!) can be appreciated and understood by children; the complexity of its tactics can consume an adult life. Despite its medieval origins—and stumpers for us moderns like the strategic importance of a bishop on the battlefield—chess remains as much a potent allegory for power and its tactics as it was 1,500 years ago in India when it was called “chaturanga.”  The game ha...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, London, College, China, India, New York City, Time, Theatre, Bbc, New York Times, Broadway, Moscow, Abba, Andrew Lloyd Webber

ByteDance launches its first gadget in a big education push

ByteDance on Thursday unveiled its first consumer hardware product, a smart light lamp with a display, that it says is part of its education technology portfolio as the Chinese internet giant continues to expand to categories beyond social video. The Dali smart lamp features a display, camera, and a built-in digital assistant. The Dali smart lamp (in Chinese), which starts at $119, is aimed at school-going children who can use the device to finish their homework, ByteDance said (in Chinese) a...
Tags: Asia, Hardware, Education, China, India, Tech, New Delhi, Dali, Bytedance, Tiktok, Rita Liao, Dali Education Dali, Dali Education

Trump used the news of his son Barron's coronavirus infection to call on schools to reopen

Barron Trump with his parents, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump referenced his son Barron's coronavirus diagnosis while arguing that schools in the US should reopen their campuses. Using incorrect terms at his Wednesday rally in Iowa, Trump said: "Barron Trump, he had the corona-19. He had the China virus, right?" Trump said Barron was asymptomatic and recovered quickly, then added: "It happens. People have it, an...
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Academics warn of ‘chilling effect’ of Hong Kong security law

Exclusive: global scholars on China call for agreement to resist interference in researchSome of the world’s leading scholars on China have called for a united international front in defence of university freedoms, amid claims of an increased Chinese threat to academic inquiry since the passing of Hong Kong’s national security law.Individual universities will be picked off unless there is a common agreement to resist Chinese state interference in academic research and teaching on China, a group ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Education, China, Germany, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Universities, US UK Australia

Hong Kong primary teacher deregistered 'for talking about independence'

Teacher accused of violating legislation, reportedly discussing freedom of speech with pupilsA Hong Kong primary school teacher has been deregistered after being accused of using pro-independence materials in class, reportedly to teach students about the concepts of freedom of speech and independence.The education bureau accused the teacher of a premeditated act in violation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its de facto constitution, by having “spread a message about Hong Kong independence”. Continue r...
Tags: Hong Kong, Education, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Freedom Of Speech

Explore a Digital Archive of Student Notebooks from Around the World (1773-Present)

To bring back memories of your schooldays, there's nothing quite like the sight of your old exercise books. This holds true whether you went to school in Ghana in the 2010s, Italy in the 90s, France in the 80s, China in the 70s, Japan in the 60s, or India in the 50s. All of these examples and many more have come available to view at the Exercise Book Archive, an "ever-growing, participatory archive of old exercise books that allows everyone to discover the history, education, and daily life of ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Japan, Education, College, France, China, Germany, India, Spain, History, Pennsylvania, Italy, Switzerland, Archives

Mulan Re-Disneyfied: A Pretty Much Pop Culture Podcast (#62) Discussion with Actor Michael Tow Is the new Mulan the equivalent for Asian-Americans what Black Panther was for African-Americans? The largest entertainment machine we have featured an all-Asian cast telling a traditional Chinese story aimed at the widest possible audience. Did it work? Actor Michael Tow joins your hosts Erica Spyres, Mark Linsenmayer, and Brian Hirt to discuss the development, aesthetics, and political c...
Tags: Google, Podcasts, Film, College, China, Disney, Mulan, Brooks Barnes, Michael, Facebook Twitter, Time Review, Rebecca Ford, Amy Qin, Pretty Much Pop, Brian Hirt, Erica Spyres Mark Linsenmayer

Oxford moves to protect students from China's Hong Kong security law

Students will submit work related to China anonymously and told not to record classesWho runs Hong Kong: party faithful shipped in to carry out Beijing’s will‘Back where we were’: history repeats for freedom swimmersQuiz: how well do you know Hong Kong’s national security law?Students at Oxford University specialising in the study of China are being asked to submit some papers anonymously to protect them from the possibility of retribution under the sweeping new security law introduced three mon...
Tags: Hong Kong, Education, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Oxford, University of Oxford, Oxford University

Bizarre virtual kidnapping in Australia highlights risk to Chinese students

Virtual kidnappings targeting young Chinese adults are estimated to have netted billions of dollars worldwideWhen someone falls victim to fraud, the common lament is that the con sounded too good to be true. But for the victims of so-called ‘virtual kidnappings’, it is the opposite; it sounds so terrible that it couldn’t be real.In the latest case revealed by police in New South Wales this week, a 22-year-old man was convinced by the scammers that he had to take a female high-school student – a ...
Tags: Education, Australia, China, Australia news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, New South Wales, Crime - Australia, Australian education, International Students

Pandemic glossary: Terms that became part of our daily dialogue in the past 6 months

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of Americans, and reshaped our vocabulary along the way. Here are a few words and phrases you may not have known before the outbreak arrived in Southern California in March, but have become part of daily conversation since: This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 novel coronavirus. (CDC via AP) Coronavirus: It’s not just the disease that we first caught wind of in new...
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VCs pour funding into edtech startups as COVID-19 shakes up the market

A few weeks back, The Exchange looked into the pace of edtech exits, noting that over time, the sector has delivered rising exit volume. All startup verticals want to demonstrate a history of liquidity, so you might imagine that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, edtech fundraising was rising due to its improving exit profile. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. And dollars invested int...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Education, China, India, Shanghai, Edtech, Silver Lake, Zuoyebang, Exchange, Jenny Lee, Owl Ventures, Byju, The Exchange, Labster, COVID

In 1183, a Chinese Poet Describes Being Domesticated by His Own Cats

Here in Korea, where I live, cat owners aren't called cat owners: they're called goyangi jibsa, literally "cat butlers." Clearly the idea that felines have flipped the domestic-animal script, not serving humans but being served by humans, transcends cultures. It also goes far back in history: witness the 12th-century verses recently tweeted out in translation by writer Xiran Jay Zhao, in which "Song dynasty poet Lu You" — one of the most prolific literary artists of his time and place — "poem-l...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, China, Poetry, History, Harvard, Korea, Seoul, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Lu, Zhao, Colin Marshall, Michael Puett, Lu You

Equity made Estonia an educational front runner

Estonia became a top performer in the most recent PISA, a worldwide study of 15-year-old students' capabilities in math, reading, and science.PISA data showed that Estonia has done remarkably well in reducing the gap between a student's socioeconomic background and their access to quality education.The country's push toward providing equal-access to learning technology is a modern example of the culture's dedication to equity in education. As I performed my interviews for this article, one fact...
Tags: Europe, Supreme Court, Education, China, Singapore, West Virginia, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, United Kingdom, Testing, Innovation, Korea, Silicon Valley, OECD

9 charts show the emotional toll sending kids back to school is already taking on American parents

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. LM Otero/AP Many US school districts are starting to reopen for in-person classes or are preparing to reopen in the coming weeks. However, some have reported coronavirus cases among teachers and students. We decided to look at various surveys to get a sense of how parents are feeling about schools reopening — or no...
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Campus activists show us how to end gender-based violence

Protest and resistance thrive proudly on many university campuses. In recent history, students and faculty have organized to protest the Vietnam war in the United States, recognize the occupation of Tiananmen Square in China, resist capitalism in France, and react to many other injustices. More recently, activism to decolonise SOAS in the United Kingdom, to challenge ongoing racism at the University of Missouri, and to push back against tuition hikes in Montréal, Canada, have resulted in meaning...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Activism, Education, Sexual Assault, France, China, Hungary, United States, United Kingdom, Amnesty International, Campus Sexual Assault, Social work, Department Of Education, Social Sciences

University of California campuses to phase out single-use plastics, including cups and water bottles

While some efforts to restrict the use of single-use plastics have been stalled by the pandemic, the University of California has announced an aggressive policy to phase out such waste at its 10 campuses and five medical centers. The plan calls for an end to the use of plastic bags at UC retail and food establishments by January, an end to plastic straws and utensils by next July, and a switch to reusable plates, cups and food containers by July 2022. The sale and distribution of plastic beverag...
Tags: News, Education, California, Senate, China, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, UC Berkeley, UC, University Of California, David Phillips, CALPIRG, Top Stories LADN

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