Weak foreign demand sinks German industry orders

BERLIN (Reuters) – Weaker demand from abroad unexpectedly dragged down German industrial orders in December, data showed on Wednesday, in a further sign that factories in Europe’s largest economy are shifting into lower gear due to a slowing world economy. Contracts for ‘Made in Germany’ goods were down by 1.6 percent – compared with a 0.3 percent rise forecast by economists – after an upwardly revised drop of 0.2 percent in the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office said. “The decline in orders in December indicates that the industry’s phase…

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Is big data ruining education?

Standardized tests may not be making kids smarter. If you’ve ever had the sneaking suspicion that standardized tests are a waste of time, you’re not alone. Simon Rodberg, the District of Columbia International School’s founding principal, recently wrote about how the promise that data will improve education is failing students. “The drive for data responded to a real problem in education, but bad thinking about testing and data use has made the data cure worse than the disease,” he wrote. In 2001, No Child Left Behind mandated more standardized testing and made…

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Coursera Says Machine Learning Most Subscribed by Indians in 2018

Owing to the growing demand for emerging technology experts, Machine Learning (ML) was the most subscribed subject by Indians on Coursera in 2018, the US-based online education company said on Wednesday. Technology courses constituted 80 percent of the list of the 10 most popular courses. Besides ML, Artificial Intelligence and Python programming were the other leading courses on the platform. The list reflects that learners chose the Coursera platform to meet career advancement, personal development or knowledge building, the company said. “Technology is playing a crucial role and transforming the…

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Development Vs Education? Metro Threatens 90-Year-Old School In Chennai

  The 90-year-old Good Shepherd Convent in Chennai could lose a major part of its sprawling campus if the Metro authorities have their way. The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) has issued a notice alerting the Good Shepherd Convent of its plans to acquire 3,590 square metres of land to build the Sterling Road Station as part of its phase-II network. This would result in the school losing its playground, stadium gallery and a junior block housing classes up to 5. The school management has obtained a stay from the…

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Trump administration stymies release of salary, loan debt data from certain colleges, advocates say

Susan Goldman | Bloomberg | Getty Images File photo of an ITT Technical Institute campus in Anaheim, California. At a recent conference on financial aid, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that every school should help its students graduate with high-quality career prospects and little debt. Students should be equipped, she added, with information that allows them to be responsible consumers. “They need to have the best possible tools, data, advice and support,” DeVos said, at the Georgia World Congress Center in late November. Yet at another session at the same…

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CAT 2018 Exam Over; Slot 2 Similar To Slot 1 Question Paper, Say Experts

CAT 2018 Exam Over; Slot 2 Similar To Slot 1 Question Paper, Say Experts New Delhi:  CAT 2018 exam was concluded yesterday. The exam was conducted in two slots. As per an expert on CAT preparation, the question papers in both the slots were similar in difficulty level, with the Quantitative Ability section being the toughest section in both the slots. The paper was moderately difficult overall. The breakup of questions was same – that is 27 out of the total 100 questions were non-MCQ. Experts have predicted that 60…

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Development of nation associated with concepts such as education

MANGALURU: Future development of any nation is associated with concepts such as education, globalisation and economic competencies from which whole set of national development index is determined. Today’s graduates are tomorrow’s backbone of nation. They are the templates of future national development with planned progress, noted Tsuyomo Ikenoue, president, University of Miyazaki, Japan here on Saturday. Delivering the 8th annual convocation of Nitte (deemed to be university) at Kshema campus, Deralakatte, Ikenoue said global education has many components like demographic systems, knowledge exchange and appearance of new information and communication, diffusion of personal ability with cognitive…

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Chapter Twelve: Sabotaging Education (Part II)

The Epoch Times is serializing a translation from the Chinese of a new book, How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World, by the editorial team of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Table of Contents (continued) 2. Communist Elements in Primary and Secondary Education a. Dumbing Down Students b. The Destructive Nature of Progressive Education c. Education: A Means of Spoiling Students d. Psychological Manipulation e. The Infiltration of Education 3. The Goal: Destroying Education in the East and West Conclusion: Returning to Traditional Education References * * * 2. Communist…

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Private education spending in Australia soars ahead of other countries

Boys from a private high school. Australia is among the highest contributors to education spending in the world, at about 6% of gross domestic product. Photograph: Dan Peled/AAP The proportion of public money being spent on private schooling in Australia is higher than in any other advanced economy and has increased significantly over the last decade, a new report reveals. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released on Tuesday night its annual education at a glance report, a major compendium of statistics measuring the state of education across the world. The…

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On Day 1, MBBS counselling fails to take off amid row over cap on fee

With the state’s department of medical education and research failing to release the seat distribution and fee structure for MBBS admission till Friday late evening, Baba Farid University for Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, the nodal agency, did not start the first round of scheduled counselling. There are 1,025 MBBS seats in eight medical colleges. BFUHS had uploaded the merit list on its website, but MBBS seats and fee in three private medical colleges including Adesh Medical College, Bathinda, Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar and Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, are not uploaded….

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