Two News Stories From Abroad Suggest American Education Is On The Wrong Track

News about schools in England and Finland challenge a prevailing assumption in American education–that it’s better for students to learn on their own than to be explicitly taught. GETTY It can be risky to look to other countries’ education systems for models. Nevertheless, two recent news stories from abroad raise doubts about prevailing American views on how students learn. Too often, American education reformers and policymakers have called for emulating other seemingly successful systems without taking into account the myriad differences between any two countries. An approach that has worked…

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How investment platform Groww is making investing as simple as shopping online for millennials

“Investing should be as simple as shopping online,” says Harsh Jain, who co-founded Groww, India’s fastest growing investment platform, with former Flipkart colleagues Lalit Keshre, Neeraj Singh and Ishan Bansal in 2017. In fact, it is this simplified approach to investing that is attracting a new generation of first-time investors into the market. According to research by Groww, by 2020, nearly 76 percent of India’s population will comprise of millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996), who are arguably the most digitally-savvy generation ever. They also have very different perspectives than previous generations…

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New framework looks at how technology is changing our cities

The Urban Land Institute, a non-profit grop creating sustainable communities, has launched an Urban Technology Framework to help cities advance into the next generation. The Urban Technology Framework has identified 12 current trends that will shape metropolitan hubs, the group said. This in turn, will help developers and architects who are responsible for delivering future cities. Key tech trends include 3D printing transforming the way we build, and the Internet of Things (IoT) progressing smart buildings from stationary structures to machines. Digitalisation will transform business models, causing the existing sharing economy to…

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7 subtle signs which show your mental health is getting worse again

When it comes to battling mental health conditions, a lot of people try to put up a facade for as long as they can take it. While it is a personal choice to put on a brave face when your mental health is in shambles, there are certain, subtle signs that can actually tell the truth. With mental health issues, we all have our good days and bad days, but some days can be really unforgiving. Those are the days when you don’t even have enough courage or strength to…

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‘Investment in 8-10 stocks should be good enough if your budget is between Rs 2-5 lakh’

For most people, financial decisions pertaining to investing, buying insurance or taking loans are erratic, rather than an informed and planned process. This means that they have innumerable stocks and dozens of mutual funds without taking into consideration, the impact on their financial goals. In this article, I am going to highlight some of the asset classes to help you determine the optimum mix and how much is too much per investment instrument. Mutual Funds: Most of the people are often confused as to how they should segregate their funds.…

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Why Sterling Holidays is pivoting its business

The scalability issues with timeshare vacation business have galvanised Sterling Holidays to pivot its business. Chennai-based Sterling Holiday is going whole hog into becoming a regular hotels company. Unlike in the past where it owned resorts or leased them from developers, the company is actively looking at managing properties which are owned by developers, an asset-light model which is famous with international branded hospitality chains in India. Sterling has already signed five management contracts and is hoping to sign 10 hotel properties this year under the managed model, adding 400…

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