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Language Immersion


There have been several studies done over the years that suggest that students who attend language immersion schools have long term academic benefits when compared to their counterparts in traditional schools. As more and more language immersion schools pop up all over the country, more and more qualitative data is available in this area. It has long been known that cognitive development is significantly impacted by the environment and a student’s surroundings. How does language immersion affect this process? Well it seems that for many students the process of learning multiple languages actually enhances the development of critical thinking and problem solving at a young age. The data appears to show a link between basic problem solving skills at specific ages and the amount of time spent in a language immersion schooling environment. This is of course correlated data, and should not immediately be looked at as causal.  However, it does open the door to an interesting discussion. What other types of benefits could language immersion provide aside from enhanced problem solving? Are there any areas where students’ are not as proficient as they otherwise would have been in an English only setting? The pros and cons of immersion learning will continue to be a subject of interest for many years to come as our world becomes more globally connected.

International Education


With the recent effects of the earthquake in Haiti firmly on the minds of many people all around the world, I think this is a good time to discuss how 3rd world countries handle the education of their citizens. Now the term “3rd world” is in itself contraversial, but we won’t get into that in this post. The question that I would like to address here is simply: “How should poor countries handle the education of their most promising minds?” This question is really paramount to the future prosperity of all developing nations. Many nations choose to send their best talent abroad to be educated in the finest universities in other parts of the world. However, this model has its drawbacks. For one, many times these citizens never return to their homeland and spend their adult lives enriching the countries where they were educated. This does little to benefit their native countries. So how should these countries handle the education of their citizens? I have my theories which I will share in a subsequent post but I would like to hear what you think about this topic. Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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