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Asian Americans in elite colleges would rise by 2 percentage points if admission is only based on tests, study says

Editor’s Note: The headline of this article has been updated from its original version to say that the number of Asian American students would increase, not decrease if tests alone were used in college admissions.

Nearly a quarter of Asian Americans accepted to elite colleges would no longer qualify if their acceptances were based on tests alone, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW).

California Passes Bill to Make Ethnic Studies a Requirement for High School Students

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A new California bill headed to Governor Gavin Newsom is set to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement for high school students in the state.

Assembly Bill 331: Should the governor sign the landmark bill, California would become the first state to require that all high school students pass a one-semester ethnic studies course, SF Chronicle reports.  

Don’t Tell Your Parents About the Indonesian Man with 32 Degrees and Certifications

Welin Kusuma, 39, has worked over 21 years to earn 11 Bachelor’s degrees, three Master’s degrees, and 18 professional certifications, reported Vice.

The Indonesian man started his post-secondary education at age 18 in 1999, earning a degree in Industrial Engineering before nabbing 31 more. His title is an architectural marvel: Welin Kusuma, S.T., S.E., S.Sos., S.H, S.Kom., S.S., S.Ap., S.Stat., S.Akt., S.I.Kom., S.I.P., M.T., M.S.M., M.Kn., RFP-I, CPBD, CPPM, CFP, Aff.WM, BKP, QWP, CPHR, ICPM, AEPP, CBA, CMA, CPMA, CIBA, CBV, CERA, CSA, ACPA.

Vietnam Will Start Teaching Statistics to Second Graders in 2020

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Vietnam will soon introduce statistics and probability to second-grade students, raising concerns among parents who worry that the subjects may be too advanced for their children.

The move, which will take effect beginning in the school year 2020-21, is reportedly part of the government’s efforts to improve its education curriculum to meet the demands of the changing times.

China is Arresting, Deporting More Foreign Teachers Than Ever Before

Chinese officials are reportedly arresting and deporting more foreign teachers in an effort to comply with the government’s push for a “cleaner” and more patriotic education system.

For one, Education First (EF), a Switzerland-based education company with 300 schools in 50 Chinese cities, found a “significant” increase in detentions for suspected crimes involving drugs, fighting and cybersecurity, according to Reuters.

Male Teacher Logs Menstrual Cycle to Help Female Students with Their Periods

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A high school teacher is making headlines in Wenling, Zhejiang Province, China for logging his female students’ menstrual cycle and brewing brown sugar water to help them get through their period.

Netizens were less than thrilled after finding out on social media that 38-year-old Mo Qunli was recording his student’s menstrual cycle. But that’s just one side of the story.

‘Am I ‘Likable’ Enough Yet?’: How Asian Americans Can Still Stand Out on College Applications

Gaining admission to elite colleges and universities is increasingly challenging, with admissions percentages dropping across the board. However, according to an article published last Friday in The New York Times,there may be an additional roadblock for Asian-American applicants. Although these students out-rank their fellow applicants in terms of GPA, test scores, and extracurricular quality, Harvard consistently (perhaps systematically) rates them the lowest in “personal rating,” a score that attempts to sum up an applicant’s positive personality traits. Asian-American applicants to Harvard were 25% more likely than white applicants to be described with the dreaded “standard strong” — academically qualified but unexceptional.

Many of the parents and high school students I work with, regardless of race, mistakenly believe that a “standard strong” application is the goal. Often, after having worked with a student to come up with an essay topic that displays their personality and gives them a “hook,” I will hear from the parents. “This essay makes mty kid look like a loser,” they’ll say, or “why aren’t you talking more about his accomplishments?” or “This topic is too weird — why not write about the time she won the big game?”

Teacher Fired After Telling Her Kids Why They Shouldn’t Call Her ‘Chinky’

A teacher who was allegedly called Chinky by her students was subsequently released from her position before the end of the day, according to the Croydon Guardian.

Rosita Wilson, a substitute teacher of Chinese heritage, was scheduled for one day at Harris Academy Benson in Shirley, West Midlands, U.K. The moment she set foot inside the classroom, she heard some of the students calling her racial slurs.