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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Nov. 28

Theater fun: Santa Rosa Junior College is staging “The Little Mermaid,” opening the weekend before Thanksgiving and running through Dec 3. Based on the classic animated film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s cherished story, it’s musical fun for ages 6 and above. The musical is taking place at Maria Carillo High School, 6975 Montecito Blvd., Nov. 17 to Dec. 3. $12-$22. theatrearts.santarosa.edu/current-season.

Fewer foreigners: Fewer foreign students are coming to study at higher-education institutions in the United States, the New York Times reports. The 7 percent drop in international students is attributed to “the increasingly uncertain social and political climate in the U.S.” In a survey of 500 campuses, 45 percent reported drops in new international enrollment.

Successful kids: According to a new multi-year study, a child’s social and emotional skills are more likely than their grades to determine whether they are likely to go college or end up in jail. For every one-point increase in children’s social competency scores in kindergarten, they were twice as likely to obtain college degrees and have full-time jobs by age 25. The kids who had trouble cooperating, listening, and resolving conflict were less likely to finish high school – let alone college - and were more likely to have legal problems and substance abuse issues. Read more at tinyurl.com/y9myg4jx

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