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Education Around the World

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"A glimpse inside the life of students from Senegal to Vietnam and China."


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What does this do to your ethnocentric beliefs?

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:57 PM

In the United States, we are constantly trying to improve education so that we can help students succeed in the global community. Our education system is often compared to those in other countries to see how American education "measures up." However, there are many differences between schools around the world.

 

BONUS: After looking at the pictures, compare American education and education in other countries. Write a paragraph explaining the similarities and differences that you INFER from the pictures and captions.

Tony Hall's curator insight, March 11, 2013 5:48 PM

Little bit different to my school:)

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Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

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The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.
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10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy

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Great example of vertical and horizontal integration. Some surprises here, although not all are actually owned by the indicated parent company, but do have connections

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The world's shifting centre of gravity

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How the world's economic centre of gravity has shiftedIT IS not exactly news that the world's economic centre of gravity is shifting east. But it is striking how...
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Interesting graphic for economic unit
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16 Children And Their Bedrooms From Across The World. This Truly Opened My Eyes...

16 Children And Their Bedrooms From Across The World. This Truly Opened My Eyes... | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Where they sleep says a lot about the world they live in.
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We believe everyone is or should be like us, but that is not how things are In reality. 

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What are the most gerrymandered House delegations?

What are the most gerrymandered House delegations? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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Both dems and reps work the districts for their own benefit. 

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New Kenyan Population Policy a Model for Other Countries

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Kenya. Making an effort to control population growth to improve their economy

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Bye-Bye, Baby

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Birthrates are falling around the world. And that’s O.K.
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Baby boom,  baby bust. What the future holds. 

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The dividend is delayed

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HOW unusual is Africa’s demography? If you take a selection of countries, from Algeria and Tunisia in the north to Botswana and South Africa in the south, you may...
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China looks abroad for greener pastures

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BEIJING — When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a staple of the poor. The last thing he would have dreamed of was becoming a farmer.
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Thanks to Richard Giddens for this post

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America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

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The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.
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Don't Touch Your Phone for 10 Minutes, Provide a Day of Clean Drinking Water For a Child In Need

Don't Touch Your Phone for 10 Minutes, Provide a Day of Clean Drinking Water For a Child In Need | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
UNICEF recently teamed up with clothing designer Giorgio Armani for the latest campaign in the UNICEF Tap Project, which has been striving to increase access to clean water for children worldwide s...
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This is something to think about and make a difference.

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Rwanda Reaches for New Economic Model

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A country is looking to attract investors, not donors, to transform a tiny rural economy into a financial and high-tech hub for the region.
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Rwanda was savaged with a civil war and genocide in the early 1990s and now it is creating an economic model to embrace high tech industry for the region. Progress

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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities

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The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.

 

By 2210, the global population is expected to grow from just more than 7 billion to 11.3 billion — with 87 percent of the population living in urban areas, according to a new working paper by researchers from NYU’s Marron Institute.

Most of these individuals will be in what’s now the developing world — creating a host of environmental and health problems.

If projections are correct, these new urban dwellers will require the world’s existing cities to expand six-fold to accommodate triple the residents, Richard Florida wrote in The Atlantic. Plus, the world will need 500 new “megacities” of 10 million or more, he wrote.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 25, 3:42 PM

Pointed out in the latest report on Construction Industry 

Trends by Accenture, the rise of the Megacities will empower construction whilst raising many environmental and health problems.

Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, March 28, 1:46 AM

Or will there be a natural come back to the country side?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2:42 PM

 Cairo, Egypt has a population density of 9,400 residents per square kilometer. THese numbers are crazy think about it compared to MA or RI and our major cities.

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Navigating the East China Sea

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How to ease tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over an uninhabited string of islands.
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Islands equal territorial rights to the surrounding seas' fishing and natural resources 

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Latitudes not Attitudes: How Geography Explains History | History Today

Latitudes not Attitudes: How Geography Explains History | History Today | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

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Environmental determinism or possiblism? The debate goes on, but who do we listen to?

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A County-by-County Map of America's Ethnic Roots

A County-by-County Map of America's Ethnic Roots | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The Washington Post has come out with a map that shows the dominant racial ancestry in the United States' 3144 counties. Some results are not surprising: Did you know that there are a lot of Irish people in Boston? It's not a surprise to see African Americans dominate the South and Mexicans dominate the border counties.
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Ethnic roots in the US. 

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National Geographic Investigates the Future of Food

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By 2050, Earth will likely be home to more than nine billion people. That's a lot of mouths to feed. In a special eight-month series, “The Future of Food,” National Geographic investigates how to meet our growing need for nourishment without harming the planet that sustains us. Join the discussion in National Geographic magazine and online at NatGeoFood.com.
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Disconnected from our food?

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Video: The Deadly Cost of Fashion

A photojournalist who covered last year’s deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh draws connections to New York from clothing labels he found in the rubble.
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What do we know about where and how our clothes and other goods are produced?

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French Schools No Longer Allowed To Offer Special Lunches To Muslim Students

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PARIS, April 4 (Reuters) - Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to F...
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Are we going backwards in multiculturalism?

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Dhaka: fastest growing megacity in the world

A five-part, multimedia series on the coming dystopia that is urbanization.
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Dhaka, Bangladesh 

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Watch NYC Gentrify Right Before Your Eyes

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New York City has always been changing. But recently, the city has seen a wave of luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and dive bars.

To make sure we don't forget the city's past, two New York-based photographers, James...
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A picture is worth a thousand words! Gentrification documented in photos

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The English empire

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YANG YUANQING, Lenovo’s boss, hardly spoke a word of English until he was about 40: he grew up in rural poverty and read engineering at university. But when Lenovo...
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The spread of English as the lingua franca of business

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Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change

Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Though countries like Bangladesh have contributed little to the industrial pollution driving climate change, they will suffer the most from the devastating consequences.
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Bangladesh is dangerously close to sea level. There have been disastrous floods, but rising sea levels are an enduring threat. 

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This map shows what the loss of Crimea really means for Ukraine

This map shows what the loss of Crimea really means for Ukraine | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In practical terms.
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There are stated reasons and underlying reasons for political decision s. 

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These 22 Far Away Perspectives Of Famous Places Will Change The Way You See Them Forever

These 22 Far Away Perspectives Of Famous Places Will Change The Way You See Them Forever | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

AmaMany of us only know the world's most famous landmarks through images that show them in all their beautiful, historical glory. The world has changed since these structures were built, so the surrounding landscapes might not be what you'd expect. 

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Amazing from a different perspective

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How just 6 cities dominate America's economy — in one astonishing chart

How just 6 cities dominate America's economy — in one astonishing chart | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
These cities make up nearly a quarter of the entire U.S. economy
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