Education

Foreign Affairs Article

College Goes Global

Author: William Brody

The market for higher education, like others, is becoming increasingly globalized -- and dominated by U.S. institutions. But despite predictions that U.S.-based global universities will surge as geographic and disciplinary barriers come down, the era of the global "megaversity" may not quite be at hand.

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Oxfam: Free, Quality Education for Every Afghan Child

According to this report from Oxfam half of the children in Afghanistan still do not go to school despite a 500 per cent increase in enrolments in the last six years. This briefing paper outlines some of the key concerns, and proposes a plan for not only increased funding, but also reforming budget allocation and planning within the Ministry of Education and amongst other actors in the education sector.

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WashPost: This is a Saudi textbook. (After the intolerance was removed.)

Author: Nina Shea

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, a 2004 Saudi royal study group recognized the exigency to reform educational material in Saudi Arabia's public school curriculum. The study found that the Saudi public education system advocates a problematic legacy in their religious curriculum that condones violence, repression, and intolerance. Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, made public claims that the Saudi curriculum had been recently reviewed and revised to meet the needs of a more modern education. However, recent copies of Islamic Saudi textbooks that have been translated into English reveal a lack of modernization, which contradicts assertions of Saudi educational reform.

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Wired: The Mandarin Offensive

Author: Michael Erard

Mandarin Chinese is already the most popular first language on the planet, beating out English by 500 million speakers. And it's the second-most-common language on the Internet. Now, just as China requires students to learn English, Beijing wants to make Chinese the must-take language for English speakers - and everyone else.

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Educational Reform in Latin America (A CFR Paper)

Authors: Allison L.C. de Cerreño and Cassandra Pyle

This report states that in the face of rapid and exponential urbanization, Latin American countries must now begin to focus on a variety of social issues. For example, while national economies are indeed growing, there are still great disparities in in-come and wealth; and though few countries can now be considered authoritarian, many still have not implemented all the changes at all levels of society which are necessary to become truly democratic.

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Daughters and Sons Event: A Conversation with Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Each year, the Council invites members to bring their guests of high school-age and older to a special “Daughters and Sons” meeting. These events feature topics and speakers with cross-generational appeal. This spring, as NASA prepares to retire its space shuttle program, join NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., for a discussion of the intersection of space, technology, and U.S. foreign policy.

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Education and U.S. Competitiveness

Please join Michael Barber and Margaret Spellings to discuss the state of elementary and secondary education in the U.S., focusing on workforce development and the preparedness of American students in comparison to others around the globe.

On the occasion of CFR's 90th anniversary, we will examine through a series of meetings and other projects how policies at home will directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.

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U.S. Education Reform and National Security: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Independent Task Force reports are consensus documents that offer comprehensive analysis and policy prescriptions for major U.S. foreign policy issues facing the United States, developed through private and nonpartisan deliberations among a group of high-level experts.

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative and asserts that fixing the nation's underperforming education system is critical for strengthening the country's security and increasing its economic competitiveness. The report offers guidance to policymakers on education reforms that will transform K-12 public school systems to ensure America's economic and political growth and security.

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