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March 31st, 2014

New REAP Partner Program Founded at Shaanxi Normal University

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The Center for Experimental Economics of Education (CEEE) was officially inaugurated at Shaanxi Normal University this week. Housed in a high profile new building on campus, the center will serve as new hub for REAP-style "action research" in the region and throughout China, and represents the latest in a series of new REAP partnerships that will strengthen the group's capacity to improve lives for vulnerable communities in China through policy oriented research and advocacy. Read more »

March 22nd, 2014

Michelle Obama promotes study abroad during speech at Stanford center in Beijing

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Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. +VIDEO+
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March 11th, 2014

Eyeglasses boost test scores in rural China

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Test scores jump following a massive effort by FSI's Rural Education Action Program to screen the vision of 20,000 children in rural China. REAP scholars partnered with Chinese ophthalmologists and scores of graduate students to orchestrate the massive project, the first to examine vision problems in rural China. Read more »

March 7th, 2014

FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

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The International Policy Implementation Lab will bolster research, teaching and long-term engagement with urgent problems around the world. The lab, which is being supported in part with an initial $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, launches by supporting six projects led by Stanford faculty. Another round of funding will be available later this year. Read more »

March 3rd, 2014

Caixin Column 6: A Tale of Two Travesties

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his sixth column, Rozelle asks why rural China continues to be plagued by poor vision and intestinal worms. Read more »

February 13th, 2014

Apple and REAP partnering to protect student workers in China from exploitation

Rural Education Action Program (REAP) at Stanford University has launched a project with Apple to assess the quality of vocational schools--the main source of student workers in China. "Making our findings widely available will not only help Apple to selectively partner with good schools, but also allow hiring managers across the industry to protect and educate workers," says REAP co-director Scott Rozelle. Read more »

January 27th, 2014

Caixin Column 5: How to Cure China’s Largest Epidemic

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his fifth column, Rozelle explains how China's "National Nutritious School Lunch Program" became a National Free But-Not-Too-Nutritious School Lunch Program. Read more »

December 17th, 2013

REAP research highlighted in CNN article - Mind the gap: China's great education divide

Once again, 15-year-olds in Shanghai have scored at the top of the PISA global education assessment, ranking number one in the world in reading, math and science -- but is it the same across China? CNN cites data from REAP to paint a stark picture of how Shanghai's education success is not repeated in China's less wealthy, rural interior. Read more »

December 16th, 2013

Caixin Column 4: Behind Before They Start - The Preschool Years (Part 2)

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his fourth column, Rozelle explains what can be done to help increase rural kids' educational readiness. Read more »

December 2nd, 2013

Caixin Report: Giving Rural Children Eyeglasses

How prevalent is poor vision in rural China and why isn't the problem being addressed? Read more to learn about REAP's efforts to shed light on the issue. Read more »

November 25th, 2013

Caixin Column 3: Behind Before They Start - The Preschool Years (Part 1)

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his third column, Rozelle explains why rural children are unprepared for preschool. When they do attend, rural preschools are not only hard to find but also of notably poor quality. Read more »

November 19th, 2013

Xinhua News: Who Can Save the Sight of Rural Children?

Xinhua News asks, "Who Can Save the Sight of Rural Children?" Read more »

October 31st, 2013

Chinese Education Reimagined: REAP co-director Scott Rozelle's Interview with Center for Education Innovations

“So, imagine, if you had unlimited resources to change two or three things about China’s education, what would they be?” Read more »

October 28th, 2013

Caixin Report: Anemic Babies

Why are rural children falling behind even before they enter school? Read more to learn about efforts to tackle China's "nutritional poverty" problem. Read more »

Caixin Column 2: China's Inequality Starts During the First 1,000 Days

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his second column, Rozelle makes the case for meeting the nutritional needs of Chinese rural children in their first 1,000 days of life. Read more »

October 9th, 2013

Caixin Column 1: Why We Need to Worry About Inequality

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle begins a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." Rozelle explains why continued high income inequality could spell trouble for China's future growth and stability. Read more »

September 30th, 2013

How to Get Pupils in Developing Countries to Learn

Getting children in developing countries into school is only half the battle. The Guardian cites REAP's computer-assisted learning, school lunch, and multivitamin projects as examples of ways to help kids learn once they are there. Read more »

August 27th, 2013

How A 4-Cent Multivitamin Could Close China's Education Gap

An article in Huffington Post quotes REAP co-director Scott Rozelle on the implications of iron deficiency anemia in China: "Rural kids aren't staying on the farm anymore. They're entering the labor force, and if they aren't able to learn the skills they need to land a job in China's advancing economy, that's going to spell trouble for both economic growth and social stability." Read more »

August 23rd, 2013

China’s Growing Global Impact: What it Means For U.S. Teachers and Students

On August 5th and 6th , 40 teachers from more than 35 public and independent secondary schools, representing 8 Bay Area county unified school districts, attended the 1990 Institute’s Inaugural Teachers Workshop on China’s Growing Global Impact. REAP co-director Scott Rozelle and Project Manager, Matthew Boswell, presented the curriculum units in "China in Transition: Economic Development, Migration, and Education," a publication of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). Read more »

August 20th, 2013

Stanford scholars find varying quality of education in BRICs

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In an effort to create world-class university systems, Brazil, Russia, India and China are funneling resources to higher education institutions. FSI affiliates Martin Carnoy and Prashant Loyalka look at the effects of such an expansion and whether these grads can compete in the global knowledge economy. Read more »

May 21st, 2013

Stanford research team influences Chinese health policy

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The Rural Education Action Program has a proven record of influencing policy decisions in China when it comes to improving children's health and nutrition. In interviews with NBC Bay Area, REAP co-director Scott Rozelle and members of his team talk about their work and the changes they've helped make. Read more »

State Council Moves to Narrow Rural-Urban Education Gap

Universities in China have been urged to enroll more students from rural areas in a major effort to close the gap between rural and urban higher education. The Chinese government announced at a State Council Standing Committee meeting on May 15th, the decision to increase the quota of students from poor rural areas attending key universities from 10,000 to 30,000 this year. Read more »

China: The Next Mexico?

REAP Co-Director Scott Rozelle recently spoke at a Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation event about China and the middle income trap. Using the contrasting experiences of South Korea and Mexico as a guide, Rozelle provided a glimpse into the economic ramifications of allowing the gap between rural and urban education in China to grow wider. Read more »

April 24th, 2013

Stagnation to modernization: How agriculture vitalized China's economy

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Over the last thirty years, China’s rural income per capita has risen an astounding 20 times. Millions have been lifted out of poverty and have moved from the rural sector to China's thriving big cities. China expert Scott Rozelle credits this remarkable growth to the government's decision to put land in the hands of farmers, deregulate markets, and heavily invest in the agricultural sector. Read more »

March 26th, 2013

REAP's survey of would-be innovators in China and the US highlighted in the Wall Street Journal

We surveyed 800+ engineering students at top universities in China and the US and while they all dreamed of starting their own firm, only 3% of Chinese students said they would actually take the plunge. Why? Our study points to a wide gap in perceptions on the availability of financing, mentorship and other innovation resources. Read more »

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