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Around the World in 30 Days -- July 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

This month, I continued my conversations with leaders from around the world on today's pressing issues in education -- from the challenges of graduates seeking jobs to the psychological burden of bullying to the Japanese academic community's protests for peace.

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - What are several real ways you have seen bullying reduced?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Dr. Tracey C. Burns is a Project Leader at the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Directorate for Education and Skills in Paris (@OECD_Edu). She is considered a global expert on the subject of bullying.

With the OECD, the United States Can Lead Against Inequality

OECD | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
OECD

Though inequality has been rising for decades, the Great Recession catapulted the issue to the top of the policy agenda, costing millions of Americans their jobs and widening the gap between rich and poor. As the United States looks to reverse this trend, it faces a historic opportunity to lead a global transition to an inclusive model of economic growth.

It's Time for the 30-hour Week

Harlan Green | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Don't look now, but we should soon have the 30-hour work week as the standard, instead of the 40-hour work week last enshrined during FDR's New Deal. Why, when Americans now work more hours than any other developed country?

Here's How a New Social Contract Can Empower the Individual Under Globalization

Kemal Dervis | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Kemal Dervis

ISTANBUL -- A new social contract is needed to account for the increasingly important role that individual preferences, and individual responsibility, play in today's world. Each citizen should feel empowered, not isolated and abandoned, in the face of globalization and technological transformation.

The Recipe for a Better Life

OECD | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
OECD

Apart from providing fascinating insights, the Better Life Index is a way for policy-makers and policy-shapers to see what citizens want and expect, and where policies to improve people's lives should be focused.

HRH The Prince of Wales: We Need to Make Fundamental Changes to Survive

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
HRH The Prince of Wales

The circular economy strikes me as worthy of support at the highest levels. Whether as a means of combating the proliferation of plastic debris in the world's oceans, capturing nutrients or preventing the waste of scarce minerals in defunct consumer goods, the benefits would be wide-ranging and have local, national and international benefits.

Dutch PM: Investment in Innovation Is Urgently Needed

Mark Rutte | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Mark Rutte

Investment in innovation is urgently needed. With aging populations, a rise in productivity is required to maintain growth and guarantee the sustainability of pensions, health care and other public services. Furthermore, innovation requires investment in human capital -- also crucial yet hard to measure.

Here's the Kind of Economy We Need to Switch to, Now

Angel Gurría | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Angel Gurría

Investment in capital needs to be complemented with investment in people, to maximize productivity and promote well-being and inclusiveness. Governments should devise comprehensive policy packages so that investment translates into more and better jobs.

Ending the $73 Billion in Public Financing for Overseas Coal Projects

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Billions of dollars' worth of government support continues to flow towards fossil fuels and, incredibly, towards overseas coal projects. If governments are serious about addressing climate change, they must stop publicly financing the expansion of overseas coal projects. Some countries have joined the effort of late, but a few are still dragging their feet.

Countering Violent Extremism -- Put Youth at the Center of the Narrative

Erik Solheim | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Erik Solheim

Kenya is preparing to host a summit to counter violent extremism in June 2015. A timely and vital initiative by a country reeling from tragic terror attacks.

Improving Millennials' Financial Literacy With Mobile Technology

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

The global growth of handheld digital devices among younger people is transforming the way consumers are getting their information in general, and financial information in particular. On April 15, the 2015 Financial Literacy Summit brought together international financial literacy experts to discuss how mobile technology can improve financial literacy for today's young adults.

Those Gruelling U.S. Tax Rates: A Global Perspective

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The Tax Foundation released its inaugural "International Tax Competitiveness Index" (ITCI) on September 15th, 2014. The United States was ranked an abysmal 32nd out of the 34 OECD member countries for the year 2014.

Are Low Oil Prices Here to Stay?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It's often said that you can't get economists to agree on anything. Well, oil economists certainly can't agree on future prices, with commentators suggesting anything from $20 to $200. Seldom has there been such a discrepancy in forecasting, though the median forecasts seem to be somewhere between $60 and $70.

Responsible Gold Also Means Supporting Livelihoods of Artisanal Miners

OECD | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
OECD

The push for "conflict-free" minerals has created new challenges for mines in eastern Congo, like Mukungwe, to access formal gold markets, mainly because of unreasonably high expectations from the market that go beyond international standards.

Celebrating #WorldWaterDay

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

March 22nd, World Water Day, is a day to celebrate one of the planet's most precious resources, fresh water. But that resource is being rapidly depleted.

New Report Sheds Light on Overseas Coal Financing by Export Credit Agencies

Nicole Ghio | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Nicole Ghio

As the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) met in Paris last week, Oil Change International released a new report with a shocking revelation.

The Global Search for Education: Education and Gender

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

PISA's just-published report, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence, gives a much-needed update on the status of gender in education today. Francesca Borgonovi (PISA Analyst) and Marilyn Achiron (Education Editor) compiled and wrote the PISA findings. To discuss the report further, I invited them to share perspectives.

Rebecca Klein

It's Official: Girls Are Dominating Boys When It Comes To Academic Achievement

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents

Girls are academically outperforming boys in many countries around the world -- even in places where women face political, economic or social inequali...

Financial Literacy and U.S. Teens: Global Study Reveals Path for Improvement

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Despite midrange results for U.S. high school students in PISA's first-ever global financial literacy test, best practices from other nations can provide a strong path for U.S. students to learn and master these skills.

Congress and Lack of Immigration Reform: A Study on How to Undermine the U.S. Economy and America's Place in the World

Edward Goldberg | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

What is most surprising about the U.S. Congress today is how harmful its parochial views have become to America's long-term global economic interests.

The Global Search for Education: Education and Economy

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

What role should education play in the success of economies? How can the schools of today better represent the world of 5, 10, and 25 years from now? Will educational inequalities exacerbate economic inequalities? How can we break the chain?

How I Taught a 6-Year-Old Algebra in Four Months

Ravé Mehta | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Ravé Mehta

The U.S. educational culture is more focused on doing well in sports or being popular. In many cases, these priorities lead kids to being rebellious or defiant, and sometimes not doing well in school, just so they're not perceived as a nerd.

Wealth Inequality: Trickle-Down or a Sinking Ship?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 02.22.2015 | Money
Misha Pinkhasov

Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.

Good News on Health Care in 2014, But We're Still Spending Way Too Much

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Millions of Americans are still filing for bankruptcy because of medical debt, even though they have insurance. In 2015, families could be on the hook for 13,200 in out-of-pocket expenses before their coverage kicks in. That's far more than many household budgets will allow.