Did World Cup Soccer, the US-Belgium game, and the July 4th holiday consume your week? If so, maybe you missed the news about Facebook’s "Emotional Manipulation” research? It sparked a zillion articles. Read Anne Collier’s essay about, 1) what happened, and 2) the ethical commentary that followed. This week in “Resources” discover some great summer time-sucks. Er, I meant summer learning games. Get dazed by Khan's light puzzles and lost in Google's map quizzes. Both are more entertaining than the emotional manipulation happening on Facebook!
Three events ruled public conversation for parents this week. First, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced they would now prescribe reading books to kids, starting at birth. This action builds on the research about the word gap (one of our top 10 learning concepts.) ● Second, the White House hosted a summit on working families. New America Foundation summarizes discussion about how we help the modern family. ● Third, Harvard published a study on “The Children We Mean to Raise.” The findings confront parents with the question, “What messages do I send my children about achievement, caring, and fairness?”
The United States is one of only three countries to offer no paid maternity leave, according to a new report by the United Nations' International Labor Organization.
that it was time to “do away” with U.S. family policies — such that exists — “that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.” In an address on Saturday, he said that updating “outdated workplace policies” to fit the families and workplaces of the 21st century is the main goal of the White House Summit on Working Families.
“Family leave. Child care. Flexibility. These aren’t frills – they’re basic needs,” Obama said. “They shouldn’t be bonuses – they should be the bottom line.”
School’s out! Several articles below provide science-backed guidance--all about play, fun, and executive function. (To quote Dr. Seuss, “These things are fun, and fun is good.”) ● What have the world’s smartest countries determined is the most efficient education reform? ● In the past week have you heard or said, “Whoa, how do they bend the soccer ball like that!!?” Time to talk physics!
"In 1956, American psychologist George Miller published a paper in the influential journalPsychological Review arguing the mind could cope with a maximum of only seven chunks of information.
The paper, "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two. Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information," has since become one of the most highly cited psychology articles and has been judged by the Psychological Review as its most influential paper of all time.
But UNSW professor of psychiatry Gordon Parker says a re-analysis of the experiments used by Miller shows he missed the correct number by a wide mark.
In our culture high achievement/happiness/success are on one hand and being a good person are on the other—two separate strategies for living your life. Achievement is an individual enterprise; caring for others is a moral mandate. Montessori schools are different.
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
The dialogue on that Harvard study continues. Rick Ackerly says, it's more the culture than parents.
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says eradicating malaria, tuberculosis and polio is easier than fixing the United States' education system. But what he says he really wishes he could do is write a check to eliminate biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. Gates made the...
"Why America's schools need to train a generation of hackers....
Education Policy is getting curiouser and curiouser! A California judge's ruling on the case Vergara v California shook things up. Every media outlet covered the story. It’s not just big in the education realm. The ruling impacts politics as well. Election level politics, even. While media coverage was noisy, politicians were strangely silent. (Now that’s impact.) Below find articles explaining different viewpoints on this significant ruling, including commentary from our Top Influencers, Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Randi Weingarten, and Diane Ravitch.