Getting them to read

by Bangkok Post | 26th September 2019

In fact, even toddlers who have yet to learn to speak, much less read, can benefit from books this way.

Reading isn’t just an acquired skill. It’s also an acquired habit. When children are encouraged to read for pleasure from an early age, they are far more likely to continue reading throughout their school years and beyond. Children are expert imitators and often pick up the habits of other people around them, especially their parents, siblings and classmates. That is why children of parents who read a lot will likely become avid readers themselves.

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Thai English proficiency drops

by Bangkok Post | 5th November 2018

Thailand has dropped 11 spots in the proficiency rankings for non-native English speaking countries.

The kingdom is now ranked 64th among the 88 listed countries and territories in the EF English Proficiency Index 2018. This year's ranking, conducted by Switzerland-based Education First, a language school operator with branches worldwide, is based on test data from 1.3 million adults who took the EF Standard English Test (EF SET) last year.

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Addicted to smartphones

by Bangkok Post | 26th September 2019

Numerous psychologists go so far as to argue that constant distractions on our smartphones are rewiring our brains while long-term smartphone use is “making us dumber.”

By the time many youngsters enter secondary school they have had several years of extensive smartphone use, which has left a marked impact on their mental development, not least in the form of shortened attention spans. Children’s and teenager’s ability to pay attention has been slackening, according to several studies.

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Learning to unplug

by Bangkok Post | 26th September 2019

The problem of veritable smartphone addiction among children, teens, and young people is of grave concern to experts and educators alike - or should be. Whole new generations are growing up with their views of the world reshaped by small devices in their hands, often for the worse.

"I think we’re entering an era where different people of different ages have very different brains,” argues Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School in New York and author of The Attention Merchants. “That’s the new generation gap. And some of the advantage goes to older people [who grew up without smartphones].”

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Students across Asia Pacific embrace computer sciences

By Daniel Maxwell | 4th December 2017 | Originally published by Asian Correspondent

STUDENTS are embracing coding and computer sciences in increasing numbers, with millions expected to participate in the global Hour of Code initiative taking place this week.

Over the past five years, the number of students in the Asia Pacific region who are learning to code has increased dramatically, with China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, introducing education reforms which have placed computer science on the curriculum alongside traditional subjects, such as numeracy and literacy.

This growing interest in computer science is excellent news for economies across the region which are gearing up to compete in the fourth industrial revolution, an economic landscape which will be dominated by digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence and next-generation transportation.

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