Learning a foreign language a ‘must’ in Europe, not so in America
Studying a second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries. In most European countries, students begin studying their first foreign language as a compulsory school subject between the ages of 6 and 9.
College-educated men take their time becoming dads
The likelihood of becoming a young father plummets for those with a bachelor’s degree or more: Just 14% had their first child prior to age 25.
Growth from Asia drives surge in U.S. foreign students
Asians, especially Chinese, are responsible for most of the sharp increase in foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities. Foreign students are more likely to study science, engineering and math than U.S. students as a whole, especially at the post-baccalaureate level.
Americans’ ideal family size is smaller than it used to be
Half of Americans (48%) say two is the ideal number of children for a family to have, reflecting a decades-long preference for a smaller family over a larger one.
How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago
Our analysis finds that Millennials stand apart from the young adults of the Silent generation when it comes to education, employment and home life.
South Korea’s Millennials downbeat about payoff of education, future
Young people there were less likely than those ages 50 and older to say children today will be better off financially than their parents.
A college degree wasn’t always a ‘must’ for U.S. presidential candidates
If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins the Republican presidential nomination next year, he’ll be the first major-party nominee without a college degree since Barry Goldwater in 1964.
The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life
In a recent Pew Research survey, more respondents said communication skills were most important for children to have, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic. Science fell somewhere in the middle.
U.S. and European Millennials differ on their views of fate, future
A majority of younger Europeans don’t feel that they can impact the world around them or their future, a stark contrast with their American counterparts.
U.S. students improving – slowly – in math and science, but still lagging internationally
Scientists and the general public agree that K-12 STEM education in the U.S. leaves much to be desired, and test results appear to back them up.