International Students in the US at a Record High, US Students Overseas Increase

More students from overseas are coming to the US to study, according to a new study that was released today by the Institute of International Education. The report also says that more US students are going overseas to study. The International student data is from 2012/13 while the US student data is 2011/12. The top…
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The Good Points of World University Rankings

University rankings have good points. Some believe that colleges spend too much time and money on the ranking game. However, this often has a good effect. From the Chronicle   Competition to improve rankings drives universities to better themselves. They must improve education.  They have to make their student to faculty ratio better.  They have…
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Kids in Japan to learn English from Third Grade . . . someday.

Let's study English!頑張ろう! Kids in Japan are going to start learning English earlier. In another dramatic move, (with the same goal as changing the Center Test) the government announced today that kids will start learning basic English, earlier than the fifth grade, which had been the previous plan.  They will start in the third grade.…
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Japan’s Center Test to Become an Achievement Test, or Goodbye Center Test

The Japanese government is considering changing the Center Test from an entrance exam into an achievement test, something like the America's SAT.  By this, the government aims to change the college exam system from an test-based system to a system that looks at grades, achievement, activities, and ability.  Since the Center Test is the largest…
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University Rankings: When are they important?

Many places rank universities, but do these rankings matter? It depends.  Few people choose universities based on rank only, but sometimes, rankings are useful. Elmira College, taken by HckySo But first, where do the university rankings come from? The USA Today puts out a well-known ranking of US colleges and universities.  For international universities, probably…
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Education and Memorization meet the Information Revolution

These days, you can look up nearly anything.  You can learn by watching tutorials on You Tube.  You can take a class at Coursera.  You can walk the streets of most famous cities with Google Street View. And you can do it all in your hand, anywhere, with a smart phone or tablet. That's now.…
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Stop Lecturing!

The lecture. I have no doubt that most of us remember many boring lectures in our years in high school and college. Some will say enduring such torture is part of learning, but I disagree.  In the internet age, we can hardly blame students for turning their attention to more interesting things, like their Facebook…
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International Students and Two Year Colleges

Two year colleges and international education Lately, many international students are choosing to study at two-year colleges, or community colleges.  I noticed this a few years ago when some of the Japanese students I taught began looking for colleges to attend.  Why? Cost.  The cost of college is not cheap, and international students end up…
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What is so great about project-based learning?

What Is So Great about Project Based Learning? Project based learning.  We talk a lot about it.  Some educators say that students using project based learning outperform those who are taught by the standard (horribly boring) lecture method.  I am one of those, but what is so great about project based learning anyway? To answer…
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Hidden Curriculum–Cleaning the School

Students Cleaning the School? You have probably heard of “hidden curriculum.” What does this mean?  Hidden curriculum are things that students do in which they learn something important but are outside of classes or the normal educational course of study. One of the most interesting examples of hidden curriculum is cleaning the school. Everyday here in Japan, usually…
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