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Survey Finds College Applications from International Students Are Down, and Local ‘Nature Schools’ Cultivate Life And Learning Skills

Five financial literacy lessons parents should teach their kids, from author Beth Kobliner

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio Twitter

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh heard from Beth Kobliner, a financial journalist, who recently published “Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not): A Parents’ Guide for Kids 3 to 23.” Previously, Kobliner published the New York Times bestseller “Get A Financial Life.”

Should financial conversations with your children really start as early as age three? For Kobliner, the answer is an emphatic ‘yes.’

“Research shows that by age three, kids actually understand basic money concepts like exchange (we give money and get something back) and value (a house is worth more than socks),” Kobliner said. “At age three, four and five they also understand needs versus wants. Pointing out the difference between needs and wants is a good way to start children to think in those terms. We have to talk about it and really make an effort to talk about it now more than years ago because financial transactions are done online.”

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High school students taught financial literacy lessons

Sy Becker | WWLP

Chicopee Comprehensive High School students are learning real life lessons, such as how to stay out of debt when they grow up.

Every year for the last nine years, the school has been setting aside an entire day to educate 11th graders on financial literacy. It is called the “Financial Literacy Day Challenge.” They learn about making a household budget; paying the mortgage, the grocery bills, and when they marry, the cost of day care.

School administrator Kara Blanchard wishes her generation had had an opportunity to receive this kind of real life preparation.

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Survey Finds College Applications from International Students Down

Lauren Camera | US News Twitter

Colleges and universities in the U.S. could see a sharp decline in enrollment of international students if initial figures from a survey are an early indicator of what’s to come.

Nearly 40 percent of responding U.S. institutions are reporting a drop in international student applications, particularly from students in the Middle East, according to initial findings from a survey of 250 schools. Declines are also reported for students from China and India at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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UK to Promote International Education

Dr. T. P. Sethumadhavan | Mathrubhumi

UK Government is planning to implement student friendly programmes for the International Students. ‘Oxford Economics for Universities UK studies’ report reveal that International students contribute 25.8 Billion Pound to UK economy. UK used to get an annual income of around 4.2 billion Pounds through tuition fee from non-European countries.

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Local ‘Nature Schools’ Cultivate Life, Learning Skills

Bekah McNeel | Rivard Report  Twitter

Much has been made of Finland’s superior education system. It’s high schoolers outperform even most of their Scandinavian peers on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year olds in 65 nations and territories around the world. They leave the United States in the distant rearview mirror.

Yet, before they are studying math, science, and reading, Finnish students are doing something valuable for their development, something U.S. children are doing less and less: playing outside.

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Further Reading
  1. Forbes – Don’t Make These Mistakes When Teaching Your Kids About Money
  2. USAToday – College applications from international students are taking a hit
  3. Econotimes – Whitsons Expands Commitment School Menus With All-Natural, Organic, and Non-GMO Ingredients
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