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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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Two studies published recently, on parenting style and homework, provide valuable information for parents. Read about the changing role of fathers and new online tools that mercifully guide students through the college application process.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Here are nine questions for you this week. Are parents being guilted over children’s screen time? ● Should you let your kid use Snapchat? ● How can you tell if an app is really educational? ● How much help do teachers expect parents to provide their kids on school projects? ● Could you be confused about what a growth mindset really is? ● Do you know how the “testing effect” works? ● Does comparing U.S. and Chinese scores on international tests mislead parents? ● Are you familiar with the new college rankings...

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Classroom standing desks may curb kids’ sedentary time

Classroom standing desks may curb kids’ sedentary time | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Standing desks in classrooms could be an easy way to help make kids’ time in school less sedentary, a new research review suggests.
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Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves

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The increasing absence of physical books, records and photo albums in homes can negatively affect developing intellects.
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A Peek Inside: What Kids Saw On A Common Core Test

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One of the two state consortia behind new, Common Core-aligned tests has released questions from its spring assessments.
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How To Think: Older People Can Teach Us All Something - PsyBlog

How To Think: Older People Can Teach Us All Something - PsyBlog | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
What older people can teach youngsters (and all of us) about how to learn.

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, November 4, 2015 11:33 AM

Hmm - what about learning a foreign language? Are we ever too old for that?

rensoduplessis's curator insight, November 5, 2015 6:23 AM

renso du plessis

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The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How hard can it be?
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Why Are You So Smart? Thank Your Mom & Your Difficult Birth - Nautilus

Why Are You So Smart? Thank Your Mom & Your Difficult Birth - Nautilus | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A reconstructed skeleton of Lucy, the famous human ancestor. By 3.2 million years ago, Australopithecines were walking upright, imposing…
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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and top scientist on human/technology interaction, published her ninth book this week. Her persistent question: Does our preference for digital technology deteriorate human capacities for conversation and empathy? Really, who has time for this, you say to yourself. Still, this is the first generation of parents to have to think this through. Below are four smart articles with different points of view. ● At the same time this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics...

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The culture of America’s workplace is antiquated, “designed for the Mad Men era,” says Anne-Marie Slaughter. If the issues of family-work balance are important to you, this is an important article. ● We’ve said it here many times--it’s essential for parents to talk to their babies. A study published this week shows that repetition of words, not just the number of words, benefits babies language skills when they are toddlers. Good to know, good to know! ● We frequently feature articles about Caro

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‘The Gift of Failure,’ by Jessica Lahey

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A middle-school teacher blows the whistle on overparenting.
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Good book for parents to check out.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Do you wonder if the pressure to achieve academically is killing the joy of learning? Then do not miss this excerpt from Jessica Lahey’s new book, The Gift of Failure. ● You’ve heard the argument that because we can google anything, students no longer need to “remember” what they learn. They just need to learn how to think. Get savvier about this argument by reading Daniel Willingham’s article on the two components of intelligence. (In fact, google “Daniel Willingham” and learn more!) ● How is a

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Teenagers Leading Happy, Connected Lives Online

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A Pew Foundation report finds that teenagers use online connections to strengthen old friendships and build new ones.
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What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything?

What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Such debate about the place and purpose of online searching in learning and assessments is not new. But rather than thinking of ways to prevent students from cheating or plagiarising in their assessed pieces of work, maybe our obsession with the “authenticity” of their coursework or assessment is missing another important educational point.


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Interesting read about the nature of knowledge and learning.

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DebbyBruck's comment, August 18, 2015 3:29 AM
This is so right on - thank you. Educating one's self online is empowering only if the user understands the difference between "crap collection" and that which is meaningful and useable at the time of curation. Curation only has value when we use the information in the moment as a motivator and inspiration to carry on in bettering ourselves in the here and now. This is my idea of content curation and educating on what speaks to our hearts in the very NOW moment.
DebbyBruck's curator insight, August 18, 2015 4:23 AM

Online searching/learning has a definite and substantial impact in our world today. Just remember to use regularly what you are saving (or curating), and to balance it all with real world experience.  Visit your elders, your neighbors, your parents, your community, your friends (and listen to their stories): in many cases they were alive many decades before you were.  They saw wars, political changes, social movements, etc., that can never be described in the same way online than from first hand experience.  Honor these people by your presence AND learn all you can online. Temper all of it by having one foot in the world of FREE information and one foot in the world of first-hand contact with those who lived those times. The cool thing about attending a school (in person) is you get the best of both worlds - interaction with others and your time online.

Reshmi_Insomreadniac's curator insight, September 16, 2015 9:04 AM

//In an era of informational abundance, educational end-products – the exam or piece of coursework – need to become less about a single student creating an “authentic” text, and more about a certain kind of digital literacy which harnesses the wisdom of the network of information that is available at the click of a button.//

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These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read

These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The leaders of tomorrow will be well versed in dead philosophers, according to a new database of college syllabi. The Open Syllabus Project, a collection of over 1 million curricula from English-language colleges and universities over the past 15 years, released its data on Friday (Jan. 22). Plato, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Aristotle overwhelmingly dominate lists in the US,...
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Does TV Rot Your Brain?

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by R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American

 

Scientists have linked TV viewing to antisocial behavior, lowered verbal IQ and altered brain structure—but a new study raises questions

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Interesting new reserach

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

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After fifteen years, the era of No Child Left Behind is nearly over. Congress will likely pass a new law--the Every Student Succeeds Act. Many NCLB policies have been abandoned. Powers of the Secretary of Education have been specifically limited, likely due to Sec Arne Duncan's political tactics over his seven year tenure. The short summary of this policy defeat: State Gov’t 1; Federal Gov’t 0. ● “In parenting, is ‘failure’ the new black?” asks Richard Rende. Current advice says parents should ...

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Is it time to update NAEP? - The Hechinger Report

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On the most recent nationwide U.S. math test, known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, an eighth grader might have been asked a question about stem-and-leaf plots (see the sample question in the graphic on this page or here). Have no idea what those are? Probably the eighth grader didn’t either. It’s …
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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

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The parent movement to “opt out” of excessive standardized tests has been so persuasive it actually won over President Obama this week.

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

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A persistent allegation in parenting journalism says that parents are overly cautious. Are parents really that risk averse? Richard Rende says it's not about parental fear and overprotection. It's something else. ● You’re familiar with the idea that parents need to talk to babies. But learning more about the why and how will make talking to your baby feel less like parent white noise. ● Get ready for Math Bedtime Story Problems. This is science, so don't be anxious. It's fun! ● David Brooks wrote...

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Who Are The 'Gifted And Talented' And What Do They Need?

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The controversies over gifted education start with identifying who qualifies for that title.
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What Kinds of Homework Seem to be Most Effective?

What Kinds of Homework Seem to be Most Effective? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Homework can be an effective way of making the information stick so long the amount doesn't surpass the point of diminishing returns. Uncover some common myths and see how American kids compare to their global peers.
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DeTrice Rodgers's curator insight, September 25, 2015 2:08 AM

Compared to others.  We have to change the dynamics.  Extended learning

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

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Yippee, the kids are back in school! After our summer break, Parent Cortical Mass is back, too, and there's so much to cover. Parents, how many clever ways can you ask your kids that all-important question, “How was school today?” Getting kids to talk about what they're learning in school fortifies that learning. In this week’s batch of articles we revisit four of PCM’s Top 10 Learning Concepts: language dancing, the growth mindset, flow, and background knowledge. Four of our Top 10 Education Influencers -- E.D. Hirsch Jr., Arne Duncan, Linda Darling-Hammond and Diane Ravitch --have mentions this week. 

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The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions

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Emotional literacy at an early age can make a big difference in a person's life. Here are some steps for helping adults and young children understand a child's big emotions.
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Play Has Become A Drag for Kids and the Results Aren't Good

Play Has Become A Drag for Kids and the Results Aren't Good | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Richard Rende, Psychology Today

 

Too much structure and pressure is killing off the joy of doing and learning

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Silly dads, you are vindicated. Putting that chicken on your head really does help your kids get smarter! ● Confused by that growing list of “non-cognitive” learning factors, like character traits, PERMA, grit, and mindsets? This is a good week to get clarity on these education buzzwords. ● Math is in the spotlight this week—common core math and preschool math. ● And if you’re looking for a way to brush up on your high school math, there are many online options. Here’s just one. ● Forever, a par

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