Posted by Lori HarnickGeneral Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft
Regardless of how you look at it, the literacy challenge we face today might be one of the largest yet most silent. The statistics tell the story – currently, one out of every four adults worldwide – or 793 million – is functionality illiterate. Compounding the challenge, we face a worldwide shortage of 1.7 million primary teachers, and a dangerous scarcity of the appropriate skills, resources and support materials needed to address it. Even in developed countries, illiteracy is a problem. For example, 1 in 3 children in the United Kingdom do not own a book, and in some underserved areas of the United States, the ratio of children to books is 19 children to one book, whereas children in more advantaged areas each have an average of 13 books.
The literacy challenge for girls is especially acute. An estimated 75 million girls are absent from school classrooms daily, causing a myriad of learning shortfalls. Five hundred million school-aged girls will never complete their education. Child marriage and child labor further exacerbates the problem. Despite this, we see youth around the world rising to the challenge and fighting for their right to be literate and to have access to education.
Posted by Anne GavinDirector of State Government Affairs, Microsoft
Last Thursday, Virginia gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe participated in a Technology Town Hall Forum we hosted with the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) at our offices in Reston, Virginia.
Fred Humphries, Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft, kicked-off the event, which was followed by opening remarks from Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of NVTC, who then served as moderator.
Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
On Thursday, at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C., a record number of attendees, including policy makers, educators, industry leaders and others, gathered to discuss how education innovators design responsive, engaging and academically rigorous programs to prepare students to meet the demands of the U.S. economy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Posted by Anthony SalcitoVice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft
A new study sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning and the Pearson Foundation provides clear evidence linking 21st century skills and student engagement in school with higher quality of work later in life.
Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft
The one thing on which men and women always seem to agree is that they can rarely agree on anything. Asking directions may be the perfect example. Yet in today’s data-driven world, there is perhaps one social attitude that men and women have in common: Mobile phone habits can be very annoying, and people should exercise better etiquette.
Results released today from Microsoft’s Safer Online poll identified five mobile pet peeves that both men and women find most annoying.