The Benefits of Being Bilingual

 

 

  • By CRISTINA COSTANTINI

 

It was once thought that learning a second language too early could inhibit a child’s acquisition of a primary language. However, new research suggests that our brains actually are strengthened by speaking more than one language.

Inspired by wave of YouTube explainer videos over the past couple of years like the Draw My Life series, ASAP Science and RSA Animate among others, I decided to try my (very untrained) hand at this whiteboard explainer game with a video on bilingualism — a subject close to hearts and minds of many Latinos in the U.S. like myself.

Check out our video above and for more on bilingualsim take a look at this infographic byVisual.Ly and the reporting of Yudhijit Bhattacharjee for The New York Times.

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An Interesting Map Comparing Educational Levels of States in the USA with Other Countries

Ever wonder how your education compares with other countries? Well, the educated people at Home Snacks made a map of the United States comparing each state with a foreign country that is said to have similar education levels, using the United Nations Development Program index. Understanding this map will take knowledge of both United States and world geography, which means you’ll be most likely to get it if you live in the Northeast.

Are you surprised?

Americans like to think they’re the best when it comes to just about everything, when measured against other nations. While we’re certainly the richest, most freedom loving, and pretty much the bodyguards for the poor and defenseless, we’ve known for years that we’re certainly not the smartest country on earth.

Recently, we ranked 28th when it came to math and science scores, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

We’re really smart, people. Just not the smartest. And we’re working on it.

We thought it would be cool to align each state’s educational attainment to a country of similar intelligence.

We used the U.S. Census to get the numbers on each state’s high school graduation rate, and then compared those numbers to the education index of each country in the world, provided by the United Nations Development Program

Many things stand out. For instance, most of the northeast – considered the ‘smartest’ region in the United States – is very similar to Europe’s education levels. Check out the map below.

Source: An Interesting Map Comparing Educational Levels of States in the USA with Other Countries

The Impact of Discrimination on the Early Schooling Experiences of Children from Immigrant Families | migrationpolicy.org


How the young children of immigrants experience their early school years may in large part determine their academic future and negatively affect their emotional, social, and mental development. This report maps the types of personal and structural discrimination that young children of immigrants may experience at school, and the consequences for children, their families, and schools.

Source: The Impact of Discrimination on the Early Schooling Experiences of Children from Immigrant Families | migrationpolicy.org