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Thailand has been a major destination for migrants from the neighboring Burma (Myanmar) for decades. In the past, members of ethnic groups residing along the Thai-Burma border, such as the Karen, the Mon, and the Shan, often crossed the borders to visit friends, buy goods, or seek healthcare services. In the 1980s, under the military regime administration in Burma, this temporary migration continued unofficially even though border crossings were not officially allowed. A large number of asylum-seekers fighting against the government of Burma started to enter Thailand to take refuge in the same period. Since the 1990s, migrants from Burma, both members of ethnic minorities and Burmans, have come to Thailand mostly for economic reasons.
Many U.S. public schools, especially those in inner city districts and rural areas, are having trouble recruiting teachers, particularly in math, science, and special education. Baltimore has pioneered a new strategy of hiring foreign educators. Most of those teachers come from the Philippines, a country whose public school system was established by American educators when the United States took possession of it in 1898.
Last month, GeoCurrents wrote about a ranking of “smartest cities” in the U.S. published by the Business Journals website. Recently, a more direct metric for measuring the “brain performance” or cognitive capacity of various locales has become available.
The issue of gender stereotypes in Ukrainian society remains ignored. Last week this issue was brought to the fore in the Ukrainian press by sexist remarks made on May 17 by the country’s Minister of Education Dmitry Tabachnik.
The Business Journals website has released a list of “smartest cities”. In this ranking, educational attainment in 269 U.S. urban centers with 100,000 or more residents were considered. Unsurprisingly, the top three spots are occupied by the three of America’s best-known college towns: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cambridge; and Berkeley, California.
In a recent New York Times article, Thomas L. Friedman discusses a correlation between natural resource exploitation and human resources development. The correlation is negative: the more oil a country pumps or the more diamonds it digs, the lower its high school students score in standardized testing of math, science and reading comprehension skills.
The restive Hazara region of Pakistan is not inhabited by the Hazara people, whose homeland, Hazarajat, lies instead in central Afghanistan. But the Hindkowans of Hazara and the Hazara of Hazarajat face some similar issues. Both have tense and sometime violent relations with the Pashtun people who live between them. And in both areas, development