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The Extraordinary Benefits of Multilingualism

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Education

Learning a second language is about more than getting ahead — it teaches a whole new way of thinking.

How 'Global Citizenship' Education Can Fill the Skilled Workers Gap

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Education

"Non-cognitive" skills such as critical thinking and creativity are just as vital as traditional skills in helping 21st century students.

'Questioning My Own Culture' and Other Ways Chinese Learners Say Mandarin Unexpectedly Changed Them

Student reads from a Chinese language textbook. (Adek Berry/Getty)
Education

In the wake of Asia Society's 2015 National Chinese Language Conference, accomplished students of Mandarin share what they've gained from the language.

Interview: For Asia Society Staffer, Teaching Chinese to Prisoners Demonstrated 'Power of Education'

Inmate in New York State carries a book through a prison corridor. (Bard Prison Initiative promotional film screen grab; Winton/duPont Films)
Education

Yun Qin, who taught Mandarin to inmates at a maximum security prison in New York State, recounts her experience ahead of next week's National Chinese Language Conference in Atlanta. 

Interview: Educator Who Inspires Oprah Defines 'Global Competence'

Education activist Dr. Tererai Trent is the keynote speaker at Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning Conference in Brooklyn, New York on June 27, 2014.
Education

Education activist and "favorite" guest of Oprah Winfrey Dr. Tererai Trent talks to Asia Society in advance of her keynote at the Partnership for Global Learning Conference on June 27, 2014.

Kevin Rudd: Don't Believe These Five Myths About China [VIDEO]

L to R: College Board President David Coleman, Asia Society President Josette Sheeran, Director-General of Hanban Xu Lin, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the start of Asia Society's 2014 National Chinese Language Conference on May 8, 2014.
Education

Speaking before an Asia Society audience about the future of U.S.–China relations, Australia's Chinese-speaking, wisecracking former prime minister argued strongly for Chinese-language education in the West.

State of the Union: An Educator's Take on Obama's 'Year of Action'

President of the United States Barack Obama. (Pete Souza/Official White House Photo)
Education

Can we finally make education the great equalizer Horace Mann said it could be, nearly 200 years ago? Tony Jackson cites some common practices in East Asian school systems that are among the world's best.

Shanghai Responds to School Ranking Cheating Allegations

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Education

Shanghai's world-leading education system results from unremitting education reform during the past decades, not from cheating, writes Zhang Mingxuan.

Has Recent Coverage of Global School Rankings Missed the Point?

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Education

The United States and China have a number of ideological differences — but is education policy one of them? Ahead of an Asia Society New York panel discussion on December 10, four education experts assess a hotly debated new global education study.

Why Young Americans Need to Spend More Time Abroad

American students traveling in Yunnan, China. (moso2011/Flickr)
Education

People-to-people exchanges can pave the way for a deeper mutual understanding between countries, writes U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel.