Chinese Authorities Take Action against Illegal Sex-Selective Abortions

China announced the arrest of ten gang members guilty of providing sex-selective abortions. The One-Child policy in China has led to a preference for male children over females. This has contributed to the abortion, killing, abandonment and trafficking of female children. The gang worked out of a clinic in Zhengzhou since 2010. Pregnant women would come from around the country …

Amanda LubitChinese Authorities Take Action against Illegal Sex-Selective Abortions

Corporal Punishment of Children Has Lasting Psychological Effects

Corporal punishment in schools continues to be an accepted method of discipline in many countries around the world. In these regions, many argue that physical punishment is a normal, natural and harmless part of their culture; yet, human rights activists argue that the practice is damaging and must be abolished.  German researchers responded to debates on this issue by releasing …

Amanda LubitCorporal Punishment of Children Has Lasting Psychological Effects

Shanghai Students Top PISA Global Education Rankings

For the second time, students in Shanghai, China, have come out on top of the global Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test rankings. The newly released PISA results stem from the 2012 exams, which tested the mathematics, reading, and science skills of more than half a million secondary school students from 65 countries. The PISA test is conducted every …

Carla DrumhillerShanghai Students Top PISA Global Education Rankings

Thai Students Learn Chinese Culture Through Strengthened Bi-Lateral Relations

Premier Li Keqiang visited the Chongfha Sin Seng School in Chaing Mai, Thailand; a 112 year old bi-lingual school that teaches traditional Chinese education in the country. The Chinese Prime Minister visited Thailand to strengthen the “familial affection” between the two countries; ties that have played a central role for China’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). …

Rachel PozivenecThai Students Learn Chinese Culture Through Strengthened Bi-Lateral Relations

Cultural Diversity Playgroup in Hong Kong Benefits Refugee Children

The Hong Kong refugee organization Vision First holds a weekly Cultural Diversity Playgroup for children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. The concept behind this group is to provide children and parents with a setting where Hong Kong locals can interact with refugees and children of other nationalities. This program helps to build community ties and …

Amanda LubitCultural Diversity Playgroup in Hong Kong Benefits Refugee Children

China Introduces Education Reforms to De-Emphasize English Language Curriculum

The Beijing Municipal Education Commission proposed education reforms that will de-emphasize English language curriculum in the gaokao, China’s national higher education examinations. The proposition aims to relieve pressure on China’s students to master the language and counteracts fears of the English language eventually overtaking Mandarin. The decision was met with conflictual opinions from China’s students, parents, and educators. Beginning in …

Rachel PozivenecChina Introduces Education Reforms to De-Emphasize English Language Curriculum

Global Slavery Index: Almost 30 Million People Currently Enslaved

A new report published by the Australian-based Walk Free Foundation revealed that nearly 30 million people worldwide are forced into practices of modern slavery. According to the Foundation, “’slavery’ refers to the condition of treating another person as if they were property – something to be bought, sold, traded, or even destroyed,” and includes sexual exploitation of women and children, …

Rachel PozivenecGlobal Slavery Index: Almost 30 Million People Currently Enslaved

Child Abduction in China Feeds the Adoption Industry

Upon the news that the Chinese government has rescued 92 children from a kidnapping ring, there has been renewed international attention to the rise in human trafficking throughout China over the past few years. Some estimate that up to 70,000 children are abducted from their families annually, making this a problem of epidemic proportions. The majority of these children are sold …

Amanda LubitChild Abduction in China Feeds the Adoption Industry

Beijing Conference Tackles Education Barriers for Disabled Students

The Beijing Forum on Human Rights has drawn attention once again to the state of education for disabled students in China. Amidst reports of discrimination and exclusion, human rights experts have announced policy recommendations aimed at making education more accessible for children with disabilities. Conference participants learned that according to China’s Education Ministry, 28% of children with disabilities are not enrolled …

Carla DrumhillerBeijing Conference Tackles Education Barriers for Disabled Students

Education Reform in China Demands More Creativity, Less Testing

China’s Ministry of Education recently proposed a lighter workload for Chinese students. If enacted the new regulations would signify a major change in predominantly test-based, competitive Chinese schools. Among the proposed changes are reduced testing and a ban on written homework for primary school children. Young kids would instead be given “experiential homework” like hands-on crafts, field trips, and other …

Cassandra MooreEducation Reform in China Demands More Creativity, Less Testing