Ranking Of Top Countries In Reading, Science, And Math

The OECD is out with new global rankings of how students in various countries do in reading, science, and math. Results of the full survey can be found and delved into here.

You can see below how Asian countries are obliterating everyone else in these categories.

The United States, meanwhile, ranks below the OECD average in every category. And as the WSJ notes, the US has slipped in all of the major categories in recent years:

The results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which are being released on Tuesday, show that teenagers in the U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st in math since 2009; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which gathers and analyzes the data in the U.S.

Here are the top countries

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pisa-rankings-2013-12#ixzz3OIbnEb3F

Edited by http://baligreattravel.com

Holidays and observances on November 25

  • Evacuation Day (19th century New York City)

Following the American Revolutionary War, Evacuation Day on November 25, marks the day in 1783 when the last vestige of British authority in the United States — its troops in the new free and independentState of New York — departed from New York Town on Manhattan Island. After this British Armyevacuation, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army from his former headquarters, north of the city, across the Harlem River south down Manhattan through the town to The Battery at the foot of Broadway. The last shot of the war was reported to be fired on this day, as a British gunner fired a cannon at jeering crowds gathered on the shore of Staten Island, as his ship passed through The Narrows at the mouth of New York Harbor. (The shot fell well short of the shore.)

  • Independence Day (Suriname), celebrates the independence of Suriname from the Netherlands in 1975.

Suriname was colonized by the British and the Dutch in the 17th century. In 1667 it was captured by the Dutch, who governed Suriname as Dutch Guiana until 1954. At that time it was designated as one of the constituent countries (Dutch:landen) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, next to the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles (dissolved in 2010). On 25 November 1975, the country of Suriname left the Kingdom of the Netherlands to become independent. A member of CARICOM, it is frequently considered a Caribbean country and has had frequent trade and cultural exchange with the Caribbean nations.

  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (International)

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. For 2014, the official Theme framed by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women, is Orange your Neighbourhood.

  • National Day (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnia-Herzegovina, abbreviated BiH, and in short often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe located on theBalkan Peninsula. Sarajevo is the capital[1] and largest city.[5] Bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina is almost landlocked, except for 20 kilometres (12 miles) of coastline on the Adriatic Sea surrounding the city of Neum.

  • Teachers’ Day or Hari Guru (Indonesia)

National Teachers’ Day is commemorated on the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association, the PGRI. National Teachers’ Day is not a holiday, but it is celebrated by having a ceremonial activity in recognition of certain teachers, headmasters and other school staff.

  • Vajiravudh Day (Thailand)

Public holidays in Thailand are regulated by the government, and most are observed by both the public and private sectors. There are usually sixteen public holidays in a year, but more may be declared by the Cabinet. The actual number of holidays for the individual is determined by the nature of the organization for which they work i.e. public, private, institutions governed by the Bank of Thailand, or state-owned enterprises (excluding financial institutions).[1]

On average, workers in the first three groups are entitled to fourteen holidays, while state-owned enterprise workers enjoy up to fifteen holidays (or more). If a holiday falls on a weekend, one following workday is observed as a compensatory holiday.[2] The Bank of Thailand regulates bank holidays, which differ slightly from those observed by the government. Other observances, both official and non-official, local and international, are observed to varying degrees throughout the country.

Negara-negara Paling Bahagia di dunia.

Pernahkah Anda bertanya, negara mana yang paling bahagia di dunia? Sebuah survei menjawab pertanyaan tersebut. Dalam survei bertajuk Happy Planet Index (HPI) itu, diketahui bahwa negara yang paling bahagia adalah Costa Rica.

Sementara peringkat kedua diduduki Vietnam dan Meksiko berada di posisi ketiga. Adapun peringkat keempat hingga 10 ditempati Belize, El Savador, Jamaika, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela dan Guatemala.

Survei yang dirilis pada minggu ketiga November 2014 tersebut, menilai 151 negara di seluruh dunia, menggunakan parameter kesejahteraan yang tidak biasa. Bukan soal kekayaan dan rata-rata pendapatan nasional masyarakatnya, melainkan harapan hidup, kenyamanan hidup, serta jejak ekologi, yang dikumpulkan melalui situs Movehub.

Dilansir Daily Mail, masyarakat di setiap negara disurvei menggunakan analogi. Misalnya mengenai harapan hidup, responden diminta membayangkan harapan hidup di negara tersebut seperti meniti 10 anak tangga, dimana 0 berarti tidak ada harapan hidup dan 10 berarti harapan hidup tinggi.

Sementara, tingkat kenyamanan hidup dianalogikan dengan ketersediaan fasilitas pendukung kenyamanan dan aksesibilitas masyarakat dalam menggunakannya. Dan terakhir, jejak ekologi dinilai dari keseluruhan konsumsi sumber daya alam per kapita. Jejak ekologi ini dijadikan parameter karena berkaitan dengan kebahagiaan berkelanjutan di sebuah negara.

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Grafis peta kebahagiaan dunia versi Happy Planet Index (HPI) 2014. |Dok. FOTO: Movehub

Hasil penilaian tersebut kemudian diterjemahkan dalam bentuk peta dunia yang dibagi berdasarkan warna. Merah untuk tidak bahagia, jingga untuk sedang, dan hijau untuk bahagia.

Dari grafis tersebut bisa dilihat bahwa negara-negara yang paling bahagia versi HPI adalah yang berlokasi di Amerika Selatan, Eropa Barat, Timur Tengah, serta Asia. Kendati tidak termasuk dalam peringkat 10 besar, secara garis besar, Indonesia termasuk negara yang berbahagia karena berada dalam grafis warna hijau.

Sementara, negara yang dianggap paling tidak bahagia adalah Rusia serta negara-negara di Benua Afrika, kecuali Aljazair dan Madagaskar. Adapun Amerika Serikat, Kanada, Tiongkok, serta Australia menempati posisi sedang dalam penilaian kebahagiaan.

Mount Batur Hiking


”Climbing this Batur volcano was an amazing experience. The surrounds were unbelievably beautiful after sunrise. We trekked all the way round…it was awesome and our guide, ring was a delight. Don’t leave Bali without doing this climb”

Join us for a sunrise trek to the summit of Mt.Batur (1717 meters) and experience the awesome beauty of an active volcano. Trekking in the cool, early morning darkness (torches, hiking sticks and wet weather gear supplied, if needed), we begin the one to two hour ascent (not difficult) to arrive in time to witness a glorious sunrise and experience the stunning morning views of the surrounding crater and lake.

Unlike other tour companies, we trek around the whole rim of the volcano climbing to it’s summit, witnessing the large troop of monkeys exit the largest crater, pass by steam fissures (where we cook our eggs and bananas for breakfast) and follow the rim to explore the second and third craters and the most recent lava flows. This is one of the highlights of the trip and we can assure that you won’t miss this experience, as our own experienced English speaking guide accompanies you funly and informatively.

Our breakfast is the finest available: juice, bananas, eggs, bread, jam and mineral water and it is included in the price (so you won’t be paying exorbitant prices for food on top of the mountain.

On the way home from the trek we will stop off at a Balinese plantation for coffee break and to learn of the plants important to the Balinese and their culture, the process of making coffee and see some of those herbs you’re used to cooking with and tropical fruits growing in their natural environment. We also get to sample of them as well as local herbal teas, coffees and the unusually processed Coffee Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world.

This trek is a relatively easy climb and is suitable for most persons and children. It is one of the most attractive volcanoes in Indonesia and one of the easiest to climb. The sunrise, the majestic views of the lake and surrounding mountains in the morning and the rugged beauty of an active volcano make this trip a must for visitors to this fabled island.

Bali Great Travel

Full Day tour 8 – 10 hours at USD45/car (Max 7 person)

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Full Day Tour – Bali Great Travel

Half Day tour 4 – 5 hours at USD35/car (Max 7 person)

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Mountain cycling tour USD35/person

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Montain Cycling tour

Mountain Batur Hiking starts from USD25/person

Mountain Batur Hiking
Mountain Batur Hiking

For more info please contact us Bali Great Travel – Bali Tour, Bali Driver, Ubud Driver.