New curriculum, text books as Chinese schools start academic year

Children run after getting new textbooks at Xuyi Shiyan Primary School in Xuyi County, east China’s Jiangsu province

— As millions of Chinese students entered new primary and middle schools on the first day of the academic year on Friday, they received newly-edited books and a new curriculum, adjusting the educational emphasis toward different subjects.Yi Mide, a grade one student in the No. 2 Primary School of Qigong Street, Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning province, said he did not have English on his curriculum like older students, but had science, which was new to grade one students.Less EnglishPreviously, studies of Chinese and English had the same weighting, and Chinese students started English study from grade one in primary schools.The revised curriculum followed a slew of reforms announced by China’s Ministry of Education last year on the National College Entrance Exam, or the gaokao, asking universities not to base their judgement of applicants solely on the gaokao scores of three major subjects — math, Chinese and English — but take consideration of selective classes as well as evaluations of morality, physical health, art cultivation and social practices.

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For the second year, Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to find the best office cultures in America. For more companies, tips and profiles, check out the rest of 2017’s Top Company Cultures package. Work should be gratifying. We should appreciate our colleagues. Our peers should inspire us. And our happy, efficient, productive workplaces should — and will — lead us all to greater success. “A high-performance culture le

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Jayesh Menon, HR Director, Moet Hennessy Asia-Pacific Singapore, shares six ways in which HR can create a value-added culture.About the authorJayesh Menon, HR Director, Moet Hennessy Asia-PacificMenon has over 15 years’ HR experience, and has been hands-on in setting up new locations and global shared services across multiple countries in the Asia-Pacific region.He has also been instrumental in staffing leadership teams from scratch, to managing HR operations for about 80,000 employees, and leading a team of about 197 HR team members in several Fortune 500 companies.Just before I started writing this article, I came across an apology from the chairman of a US$13 billion company for the way they fired an employee as part of “cost optimisation”.The employee who was let go had secretly recorded the conversation and uploaded it, which created a backlash against the company. While it was a generous offer from the chairman of the group, I felt terrible for the HR person who was heard on the call and was at the receiving end of the backlash against the entire process.Though I can’t be 100% sure, I will take a calculated bet that this was not an HR decision alone and that it was a company culture that was driven by the senior leadership, and which just happened to be executed by the HR person in the spotlight!Once again, in this case or any case where HR issues come to light, thanks to social media causing extreme embarrassments to the company leadership – even contributing to the forced resignations of CEOs – HR can help take the front seat in driving a cultural change that would add a lot of value to the company and its standing in the world.Peter Drucker famously said: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. The truth is that in today’s social media-savvy workforce and generation, who and what consumed this “breakfast” are all laid threadbare for everyone to have an opinion and impression.

Source: How HR leaders can help drive company culture | hrmasia

Workplace culture could either be a boon or bane for a company’s success. When organisations put efforts in turning its visions and values into meaningful culture and infuse it to the workforce, this will result in loyal, highly-engaged, and goal-driven employees. That being said, workplace culture could be a powerful tool to engage and retain talents in the longer term. However, recent study suggested that more than 60 percent employers in Asia Pacific still face talent attraction and retention challenges.

Source: How Starbucks Brews Its Workplace Culture: A Guide to Employee Engagement and Talent Retention – HR in ASIA

We are facing a dynamic and consistent cultural shift in the U.S.

Population research conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that by 2020 over 50% of the children in the U.S. will be majority-minority, and by 2044 the general adult population will follow suit. The leadership terms, training and methods made successful so many years ago will most likely have to adapt to the cultural shift in the workforce in order to maintain relevancy in a continually culturally diverse workplace.


Source: More Than Just Diversity, HR Must Develop a Cultural Competence | TLNT