By Fareed Zakaria
“If you were to tell someone in Hong Kong or Singapore how much you pay for your broadband Internet service in the U.S. and the speeds you receive in return, they would be shocked. America may have invented the Internet, but we have seriously fallen behind with the speed of our broadband networks and how much we pay to access a utility that has become essential across the world,” writes Micah Singleton for the Daily Dot.
“The U.S. is ranked 30th in the world in broadband speeds, behind the likes of Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Russia, and the U.K. To put that ranking in perspective, the U.S. Mens Soccer Team – a sport that 99.1 percent of Americans quit before their 10 birthday – is ranked 13th in the world, and we definitely didn’t invent soccer.”
“[India’s] election might prove to be a big step towards the economic modernization of India that was relaunched in 1991. But this round of reforms will also be far harder than those were,” writes Martin Wolf in the Financial Times. “It is not now just a matter of pulling the state out of the way. It is more about making the government an effective and honest servant of the Indian people. This challenge is possibly an order of magnitude more daunting than those Mr Modi once overcame in Gujarat.”
“The challenge for China’s educators has been balancing the understandable desire to ace a one-time exam that can transform an entire family’s fortunes, and the likelihood of the language being used in real life,” argues Adam Minter for Bloomberg. “For now, at least, the balance tilts to the former, resulting in a plague of so-called ‘dumb English,’ whereby grammar is mastered on paper but is unable to be used properly. Like so many problems in China this one is often taken to symbolize broader issues with Chinese educational institutions that can produce internationally-renowned test-takers (the best in the world, by some measures), but have yet to turn out a Chinese Steve Jobs. Reducing the role of English on the gaokao won’t soon change those facts.”