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Experts' views about Obama and Romney on Education

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by Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

 

The following are edited excerpts from telephone interviews and email exchanges with leading education analysts, writers and researchers regarding the policies and positions of the presidential candidates. Includes diverse group such as Michelle Rhee, Jonathan Kozol, Jeanne Allen, Diane Ravitch, DFER, Rick Hess, Harold Meyerson.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Can you imagine scanning the brain of adolescents while they watch a video clip of their moms' criticizing them? Neither could I. But, this research might offer some clues to parenting adolescents. This week find articles covering three of our top 10 learning concepts--10,000 hours, language dancing, and background knowledge. Top education policies covered this week include common core, accountability, and teacher effectiveness. 

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Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, nprEd

 

A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers; one of them describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."

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Why Students Avoid Academic Help

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Many students will avoid enrolling in free SAT prep if the sign-up offer is public.
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Who Won the Top Children's Book Awards for 2014?

Who Won the Top Children's Book Awards for 2014? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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These books won our Top 10 Children's Book Awards. You can depend on their high quality.

 

The Hans Christian Andersen Award, given every two years, is considered the “Nobel Prize" in children's literature. It is given to both an author and an illustrator for their lifelong contribution, not to one of their specific works. The most recent winners are from 2014.

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Recalculating: The Mind and the Map

Recalculating: The Mind and the Map | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The mere mention of Boston inspires dread in my family. On one infamous trip from our home in upstate New York to a Boston wedding, we were done in by a single step in the directions sent by family friends.
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How do you find your way around a new city? With or without google maps...

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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

For many parents with seniors in high school the college application season is ramping up. This week the cost of a college education is in the news. The article from Phillip Levine at Brookings explains why figuring out the cost is so difficult. It could help. There’s an opportunity this week to get a little smarter about testing and accountability. Read Anya Kamenetz for a good overview. Read Alicia Caldwell to hear the argument for why overtesting is a myth. To understand what the sc

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
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Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The body of knowledge about how the brain works is growing, but so is the list of gaps in our understanding. Larry Abbott, a former theoretical physicist, is looking for models to fill them in.
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The Art of Control

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by Bari Walsh, Useable Knowledge: Harvard

 

Activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.  

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What Makes a Child an Art Prodigy?

What Makes a Child an Art Prodigy? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jacoba Urist, The Atlantic

 

The paintings of seven-year-old Aelita Andre have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, raising the question of what separates true, precocious genius from mere youthful creativity with hype.

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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
But praising their intelligence can make them feel even more insecure. A self-esteem expert offers a way out of the conundrum.
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The mid-term elections have finally arrived. Communities around America are debating the top education policies, like common core and accountability.  It can be perplexing because the debates don’t follow political party lines.  Read Motoko Rich’s news story on the California race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, where two Democrat candidates vie for citizens' votes. They would take public schools down very different paths, so there's an unequivocal choice.  Have you been waiting to read a good explanation for A.D.H.D.—what it is and why it’s on the rise? Click on Dr. Richard Friedman’s clarifying article.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

For years we’ve thought that all parents needed to know the research on the 30 million word gap. This concept is now on the White House’s radar. New initiatives from government and non-profits will surely spread the word, helping parents gain cortical mass! ● Have we reached a tipping point about the use/overuse of standardized tests for NCLB accountability? Read Lyndsay Layton’s summary of who is saying what now. 

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What Kids Need To Learn Early On To Be Successful In School Later

What Kids Need To Learn Early On To Be Successful In School Later | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A new curriculum that focuses on executive functions may help reduce disparities in pre-K and kindergarten when it comes to cognitive abilities between the rich and poor.
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Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM?

Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alexandra Ossola, The Atlantic

 

Some critics say the recent obsession with science and tech compromises other parts of kids' education.

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What Every School Can Learn From Preschools

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by Anya Kamenetz, nprEd

 

A new report argues that non-academic "skills for success" can and should be cultivated and assessed in older students.

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For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities

For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
For parents, the task of ensuring that exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory. The path can be frustrating for the kids, and worry-inducing for the parents. But the ongoing boom in online learning opportunities has been a great benefit for many gifted youth because the offerings can cater to a student’s ability rather than age.
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FairTest: Demand to Limit Testing Escalates

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by Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch's Blog

 

In his weekly report on testing reform and resistance, Bob Schaeffer of FairTest finds widespread sentiment to reduce the time devoted to testing, the frequency of tests, and the high stakes attach...

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A list of articles of anti testing actions throughout the states.

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Why Are College Costs So Hard to Figure Out?

Why Are College Costs So Hard to Figure Out? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Phillip Levine explains how making college costs more transparent and offering simplified price calculators that tell prospective students and their families how much financial aid they will receive can open doors that once appeared closed, in some cases revealing that private colleges can be affordable options alongside state schools.
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Parents with kids approaching college age need to know this.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Should parents help kids with their homework? Get the pros and cons from experts with differing opinions and be informed. ● High school seniors are now in the thick of applying to colleges. How many applications are enough? This article has some interesting stats. ● Is it worth it for students to take A.P. classes? Get the scoop from Jessica Lahey. ● Now there’s an app for the word gap. Since 90% of U.S. adults have a cell phone, what if this worked? 

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week several of our top learning concepts are in the spotlight. Researchers have discovered that dads don’t speak as many words around their babies as do moms. Why does this matter? More than ever fathers spend time caring for their babies, so they need to understand the importance of language dancing—a slow-spoken, musical sounding, back and forth chatting with babies. (Dads, time to man-up with the baby talk.) ● If you’re unfamiliar with “executive function” in children, this 5 minute vid

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Dreams of Glory

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How is it that an activity considered a lapse in attention can bring about benefits believed to result only from the strict exercise of cognitive control? Let's hear it for daydreaming!
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Children need parents shouting from the touchlines - The Guardian

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David Boyle: You don’t have to be a tiger parent to try and foist your ideas on your offspring and show them some things really do matter
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Why You're Better Off With a Hardworking Child than a Smart One

Why You're Better Off With a Hardworking Child than a Smart One | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
I wanted my son to be born a genius. Instead, I should have been hoping that he was born with drive, says first-time dad Taylor Tepper.
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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.
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