The largest factory in the world

Now that China is nearing its goal—in about 15 years China’s middle class will outnumber the entire population of the United States—it has an excess of steel and is exporting that excess at lower prices to other countries creating stiff competition across the globe. For instance, the ISSB reports that from 2013 to 2014 China increased its steel exports by 53% from 57.9 million to 88.6 million tonnes while the United States saw a 5% drop in its steel exports.

With the United States so obsessed to be #1 in everything—except for reducing the poverty rate—its capitalist oligarchs must be obsessively stressed out and worried that they are going to lose their Imperial crowns.

The future of learning

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Test known as Gaoko in China
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College Entrance Exams have begun in China. The difficult test known as the “Gaokao” will determine the futures of millions of students. And as such, preparations have not been taken lightly.
It’s 2 hours before the Gaokao officially starts, but the entrance of this Beijing middle school is already packed. The college entrance exam is so important, even the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit postponed their meeting for a half-hour so students would have a better chance of making it through the heavy traffic. The heads of these exam hopefuls are filled with feelings of anxiety, excitement and dreams for the future – and it shows. They are competing with 9 million other students around the country in this make-or-break exam

As a high school kid in New Jersey, in the United States, who is soon to be a university student in the same country, Qi is among a fast-growing group sidestepping China’s national college entrance exam.

The test also known as the “gaokao” is being held across the country from Thursday to Saturday. Millions of youngsters are hoping to pass it and qualify for further education in China. But many like Qi opt instead for study abroad, often qualifying through a range of foreign pre-university examinations, or to pursue alternative domestic education.

“Gaokao” authorities have seen four consecutive years of dwindling registrants since 2008, when the figure was 10.5 million. In 2012, it is 9.15 million. Three and a half decades after China resumed the exam in the wake of the 10-year Cultural Revolution, Chinese are reassessing how essential it is in defining their futures.

A Little More Education, a Little Longer Life?

Long-term study found an association between the two
By Barbara Bronson Gray
HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) — It’s graduation season, and new research offers yet another reason to congratulate someone who has completed at least nine years of education: They’re likely to live longer.
An unusual, comprehensive study involving 1.2 million Swedes shows that students who were exposed to nine years of education rather than eight had a lower mortality rate after age 40. While the finding suggests an association between level of education and longevity, it does not establish a cause-and-effect link.

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Education “The times are a changing”

Just as the invention of print took one’s memory, the invention of the computer will take one’s brain (if you let it). Oh yes, and don’t forget about data mining our brains for profit too! Weigh the benefits, and balance out with historical knowledge (learn from the past). Are we creating scatter brains, with attention deficit disorder? Will we need medication for this too? Thanks for the video.

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Purpose of schools

Examples of the purpose of schools include:[3] develop reasoning about perennial questions, master the methods of scientific inquiry, cultivate the intellect, create positive change agents, develop spirituality, and model a democratic society.