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This past school year, K-12 English teachers across Moldova teamed up to launch Operation P.E.A.C.E: the Practical and Entertaining Adventure for Conflict Resolution and English Teaching Program.

The teachers founded the initiative based on a belief that, in an ideal education system, learning techniques to solve interpersonal conflicts and build cooperation could be incorporated into all classroom subjects.

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From kindergarten through high school, these formative years are a time of rapid learning: a period of setting the foundation for critical thinking, attaining new knowledge, preparing students to graduate and ultimately, to go out into the world as leaders of the next generation.

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This is a tale of two college campuses in the U.S.

At College A, you sense it immediately: upon entering the gates of campus or walking the greens, you see faces of all colors, shapes, and features; you hear voices in different tones, styles, and languages; you witness gesticulations from subtle to vibrant.

At College B, there is less of a dichotomy. The cacophony of voices might be more singular than opposing. The background and ethnicity of the campus body, especially students, might be more similar than different.

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For most undergraduate students pursuing a major in engineering, studying a foreign language—or studying abroad for that matter—is often overlooked due to an intense course load of math and science requirements.

But Anna, a junior at Case Western Reserve University working toward a major in mechanical engineering, studied Spanish, Chinese, and Russian during high school, where she developed a belief that languages were integral to her future career.

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Towards the end of an immersive summer in China, National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) students studying Chinese in Nanjing through a U.S. Department of State grant administered by American Councils, traveled to Shanghai for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. The meeting was held at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai’s historic district, home to many embassies and historic mansions.

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