• Who’s Learning What? A look at how countries rank in math and science test scores.  (Average score of a 15-year-old student on science and math literacy tests, out of a possible score of 1000.).
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  • 2009 List: Teachers' Aids Five things that will change education this year. 1 Laptops for all The One Laptop per Child computer is expected to dip to its lowest price ever in 2010, selling for a mere $75. Bonus: The newest model is also rumored to have a touch screen. Expect record orders for it in 2009, with Peru leading the..
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  • Move Over, Dubai Abu Dhabi is bridging the gap to the west with by bringing art (and biopsies, and Econ 101 classes) to its own shores. 1. The Louvre It's still unclear where the Mona Lisa's going to live, but one thing is certain: By 2012, Abu Dhabi will have its very own Louvre, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel...
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  • The Anti-Consumers Five Groups That Aren't Buying It The Amish Estimated Membership: 232,000 Homeland: U.S. & Canada The Amish have been partying the same way since 1693, and though less-strict communities allow for some use of technology (solar energy, hydropower) their commitment to simplicity is impressive: most..
  • Rise of the Global Middle Class America has had the biggest demand in the global economy for so long that we can't remember what it was like when that wasn't the case. But that's all about to change. I'll let you in on a little secret about globalization: It is demand that determines power, not supply. Consumption is king; everybody..
  • Unfree Market In 2008, trafficking of the world's 27 million slaves made up the third-most-profitable criminal enterprise. Here's what the $40-billion industry looks like. The United States abolished slavery in 1865. Now, every country in the world has outlawed the practice. But you'd be mistaken to think that humankind..
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  • Shot Out of Africa During the summers when filmmaker Mira Nair (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding) isn't on set or in the editing suite, you'll find her overseeing the action at the Maisha Film Lab, a film school she founded in Uganda, which provides professional training to emerging screenwriters and film directors from East..
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  • Found in Translation When it comes to reading, there's a lopsided exchange between the English-speaking world and everyone else. A full 50 percent of all books in translation are translated from English, with only 3 percent translated into English. Words Without Borders, a monthly online magazine of translated international..
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