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What do you need to know to be an effective parent in the 21st century
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Do SAT scores help or hurt in decisions about who will do well in college?

They found that in all the datasets, both the SAT and high school grades contributed to predicting academic performance in college. And, contrary to previous research, taking parents' education and family income into account had little effect on the relationship between SAT scores and college performance. These findings suggest that the SAT remains a useful indicator for college admissions decisions.

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Raising Happiness

Raising Happiness | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Might be that sitting with your legs crossed repeating stuff like "May all beings be free from suffering," is a little too far-out for you. I'm a scientist for crying out loud, so you can imagine how I might feel meditating while surrounded by prominent neuroscientists, which I once did on a 7-day silent meditation retreat.

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LifeSkills training helps teens manage anger, lower blood pressure

LifeSkills training helps teens manage anger, lower blood pressure | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A 10-week program that fits easily into the high school curriculum could give students a lifetime of less anger and lower blood pressure, according to new research.
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Education as Re-Embedding

How we know, is at least as important as what we know: Before educationalists can begin to teach sustainability, we need to explore our own views of the world and how these  are  formed. The paper ...

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Why technology might not make children stupid, after all

Why technology might not make children stupid, after all | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

We might be missing the point when we worry about whether technology has gotten ahead of what our brains evolved to do. What our brains evolved to do is adapt. New technologies change the way we think—the shift from memorization to reading certainly did that. But that's not the same thing as making us stupid or stifling our capacity for creative thought. Instead, we take these tools and we find new ways to be creative. We take the tools and we use them to expand our knowledge of the world. It's what we did with books. Maybe we'll do the same thing with the Internet-rich, multi-tasking world we're building now.


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neuroeducation, cognitive neuroscience, teaching, psychology, learning, pedagogy

neuroeducation, cognitive neuroscience, teaching, psychology, learning, pedagogy | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

This article explains how Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science combines perspectives from neuroscience, psychology and pedagogy that contribute to a better understanding of how humans learn, and consequently, how we should teach.

 

Similar to other evolutionary processes, MBE science drew from the dominant “genes” of its parents to produce a better-adapted being. That is, rather than including anything and everything that falls under the labels of education, neuroscience, and psychology as a whole, MBE science is a careful selection of only the best information that can inform the new science of teaching and learning.


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Is Every Single Subject Taught in High School a Mistake?

Is Every Single Subject Taught in High School a Mistake? | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Roger Schank says that mastering the periodic table of elements and Shakespeare are useless. Could more project based learning boost engagement?
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GALA Special issue on Game-Based Learning

It is broadly acknowledged that digital serious games offer a high potential to foster and support learning in educational and training settings. A number of significant research studies have been carried out to analyze, from different perspectives, the relationship among types of games, learning objectives, and target groups ...

 

This special issue focuses on how digital serious games can contribute to the present knowledge society requirements that put a higher demand towards acquiring transferable skills.


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More grandparents fill caregiver role

Grandparents, an increasingly important source of child care in the United States, vary greatly in the kind of care they provide.
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Children exposed to two phthalates have elevated risk of asthma-related airway inflammation

Children exposed to diethyl phthalate (DEP) and butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP) -- phthalate chemicals commonly found in personal care and plastic products -- have elevated risk of asthma-related airway inflammation, according to researchers at Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health.

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Social exclusion on the playground: Study looks at why kids say 'you can’t play!'

Being the last one picked for the team, getting left out of the clique of cool girls, having no one to sit with at lunch. For children, social exclusion can impact everything from emotional well being to academic achievements.

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To Raise A Generation Of Creative Kids, Let Them Make Their Own Stories

To Raise A Generation Of Creative Kids, Let Them Make Their Own Stories | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

For years, stories have been predominately linear push communications. Elite storytelling auteurs would weave their masterful tales. The great stories were devoured page-by-page, scene-by-scene by an engrossed, yet passive audience. However, kids growing up now will never know this purely passive form of content consumption. Parents and the media industry need to stimulate a new form of storytelling. We need stories that invite participation, remixing, mashing-up, playing, and creating. These types of stories are a great way to help kids find and understand their place in the world. As kids play with their stories, the more they discover themselves. Through triggering key capabilities like role playing and imagination, kids can more clearly see their place in the society around them.

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Repeated exposure to traumatic images may be harmful to health

Repeated exposure to traumatic images may be harmful to health | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Repeated exposure to violent images from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the Iraq War led to an increase in physical and psychological ailments in a nationally representative sample of US adults, according to a new study.
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Rethinking Elementary Education

Rethinking Elementary Education | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Nurturing thoughtful, engaged citizens begins when children are young. Elementary school teachers have a wonderful opportunity to help their students nurture their curiosity and passions, explore meaningful issues, and learn skills to help them thrive in the world.

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Risk-glorifying video games may lead teens to drive recklessly

Risk-glorifying video games may lead teens to drive recklessly | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Teens who play mature-rated, risk-glorifying video games may be more likely than those who don’t to become reckless drivers who experience increases in automobile accidents, police stops and willingness to drink and drive, according to new research.
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Babies' ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults, research suggests

Babies' ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults, research suggests | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
New research examining auditory mechanisms of language learning in babies has revealed that infants as young as three months of age are able to automatically detect and learn complex dependencies between syllables in spoken language.
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Creativity Predicts a Longer Life: Scientific American

Creativity Predicts a Longer Life: Scientific American | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
The trait of openness improves health through creativity...

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

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The Creativity Crisis

The Creativity Crisis | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

From fourth grade on, creativity no longer occurs in a vacuum; researching and studying become an integral part of coming up with useful solutions. But this transition isn’t easy. As school stuffs more complex information into their heads, kids get overloaded, and creativity suffers. When creative children have a supportive teacher—someone tolerant of unconventional answers, occasional disruptions, or detours of curiosity—they tend to excel.

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Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) early in life results in high levels of anxiety; Soy mitigates effects, study shows

New research led by researchers at North Carolina State University shows that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A early in life results in high levels of anxiety by causing significant gene expression changes in a specific region of the brain called the amygdala.

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Online schooling is exploding in US

Online schooling is exploding in US | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

A small but rapidly growing number of families are turning to the Internet as an alternative to chronically under-resourced brick and...


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Popular kids in U.S. and Mexico more likely to smoke, studies show

New research finds that popular students in seven Southern California high schools are more likely to smoke cigarettes than their less popular counterparts.
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Fathers who sleep closer to children have lower testosterone levels

Fathers who sleep closer to children have lower testosterone levels | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Closer sleeping proximity between fathers and children is associated with a greater decrease in the father's testosterone level, with possible implications for parenting behavior.

Fathers' testosterone levels have been associated with parenting behavior and involvement across species, with higher levels generally associated with lower parental involvement.

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Teens tell different tales about themselves depending on gender

During adolescence, the stories young people tell about themselves reflects their development of a personal identity and sense of self, and those autobiographical narratives vary depending on the teens' gender, according to a University of Missouri psychologist and her colleagues. Parents can use this knowledge of how teens talk about themselves to help understand the tumultuous transitions of their children into adults.

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Violent video games not so bad when players cooperate

Violent video games not so bad when players cooperate | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
New research suggests that violent video games may not make players more aggressive -- if they play cooperatively with other people.
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