Obama Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Fight for U.S. Jobs
( New York Times )

President Obama challenged Americans on Tuesday night to unleash their creative spirit, set aside their partisan differences and come together around a common goal of outcompeting other nations in a rapidly shifting global economy.

In a State of the Union address to a newly divided Congress, Mr. Obama outlined what he called a plan to “win the future” - a blueprint for spending in critical areas like education, high-speed rail, clean-energy technology and high-speed Internet to help the United States weather the unsettling impact of globalization and the challenge from emerging powers like China and India.

“The rules have changed,” he said.

But at the same time he proposed budget-cutting measures, including a
five-year freeze in spending on some domestic programs that he said would reduce the deficit by $400 billion over 10 years.

“We need to out-innovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the
world,” he said. “We have to make America the best place on earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper.”

【 まずは準備運動 】

・unleash ひも(leash)をはずす、解く
・critical 決定的な、重要な、批評の
・unsettling (落ち着き・平静を)失わせる(settle:安定させる)
・deficit 不足(額)、赤字
・prosper 繁栄する、成功する

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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how
incapable must Man be of learning from experience.


Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.





To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test
( New York Times )

Taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much
people know, according to new research. It actually helps people learn, and it works better than a number of other studying techniques.

The research, published online Thursday in the journal Science, found that students who read a passage, then took a test asking them to recall what they had read, retained about 50 percent more of the information a week later than students who used two other methods.

One of those methods - repeatedly studying the material - is familiar to legions of students who cram before exams. The other - having students draw detailed diagrams documenting what they are learning - is prized by many teachers because it forces students to make connections among facts.

These other methods not only are popular, the researchers reported; they also seem to give students the illusion that they know material better than they do.

Why retrieval testing helps is still unknown. Perhaps it is because by remembering information we are organizing it and creating cues and
connections that our brains later recognize.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・passive 受動性の、消極的な
・assess 評価する、査定する
・legion 多数、軍団
・cue きっかけ、合図

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Obama Pushes Hu on Rights but Stresses Ties to China
( New York Times )

President Obama on Wednesday gently but pointedly prodded China to make progress on human rights, but he sought to focus most of the attention during a closely watched state visit with President Hu Jintao on the expanding economic relationship between the United States and its biggest economic rival.

Mr. Obama said that differences on human rights were an “occasional
source of tension between our two governments.” As the two leaders stood side by side at a nationally televised news conference, he called on China to live up to human rights values that he said were enshrined in the Chinese Constitution, adding that Americans “have some core views as Americans about the universality of certain rights: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly.”

Mr. Hu, for his part, seemed to hearten White House officials by
acknowledging that China had a ways to go on human rights issues. “China still faces many challenges in economic and social development,” he said. “And a lot still needs to be done in China in terms of human rights.” But he noted that China was willing to talk to the United States only within the confines of the “principle of noninterference in each other’s internal affairs.”

【 まずは準備運動 】

・occasional 時折の、時たまの
・universality 普遍性
・assembly 集会、会合
・principle 原理、原則

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