Students are protesting in Jefferson County, Colorado. Why? Their school board wants to make changes to the new AP History class which would downplay civil disobedience. (Yes, ironic.) Follow that article with the one discussing progressive vs. conservative bias in the new history curriculum. Should this matter to parents? ● Heard about Massive Online Open Courses, known as MOOCs? Read how China is using them. You know about Finland’s top education system, but what about Poland’s?
This is the first year that schools will publish student test scores tied to the Common Core initiative. Critics argue that implementing these new standards cause overtesting that rob teachers and students of valuable teaching time. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Kathleen Porter-Magee of the Partnership for Inner-City Education and Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Continue reading →
Remember the Marshmallow Test? The professor who developed it has published his first non-academic book. He's 84. He's got good news for concerned parents. Maybe you’ve already heard about lithium in the water. If not, here's your chance. The global achievement gap gets two articles this week. There's an argument for why you should not admire China's top ranked school system. And, if you're curious, peek at the graph to find out how U.S. elementary students time-in-school compares to other nations. Ann McCormick, founder of The Learning Company and developer of Reader Rabbit, has a new reading app. Check it out!
At age 84, Mr. Mischel is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.”
He says we anxious parents timing our kids in front of treats are missing a key finding of willpower research: Whether you eat the marshmallow at age 5 isn’t your destiny. Self-control can be taught. Grown-ups can use it to tackle the burning issues of modern middle-class life: how to go to bed earlier, not check email obsessively, stop yelling at our children and spouses, and eat less bread. Poor kids need self-control skills if they’re going to catch up at school.
A new study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that reading the Harry Potter books in particular has similar effects, likely in part because Potter is continually in contact with stigmatized groups. Tales of the young wizard instill empathy, a study finds
Question: Do we need standardized tests in education? Yes, we do. No, we don't. Do too. Do not. This is not a savvy argument. Get briefed. Steven Pinker writes that the Ivy League needs the SAT in their admissions. (Is it me, or is his article teeming with SAT vocabulary words?) Educators say they want parent involvement in schools. But, after an open house, have you muttered, “Parent involvement? More like parent compliance." Yet, if you dare to tread, are you helicoptering? Don't miss Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the science behind locating Krypton, Superman’s home planet. It's *@*WOW!
Single parent households have often been linked to lower social mobility. In September's Long Memo, Kimberly Howard and Richard Reeves examine the strength of the connection between marriage and mobility, controlling for family income and parenting quality.
The big news this week is a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The story was widely covered by mainstream media, so maybe you've heard. Pediatricians are telling education leaders that the science of learning about sleep and the teen brain is too significant to ignore. Will this impact high school start times across America? Several weeks ago Hillary Clinton started an initiative on the “word gap,” one of our top learning concepts. Now Sal Khan, the celebrated founder of Khan Academy, started a campaign to spread the word about growth mindsets. We're thrilled because these initiatives are sure to help parents gain cortical mass!
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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 2012.
Watchers of the educational software industry have known for a long time what it would take for learning games to breakthrough. It would take the best entertainment video-game designers, the ones with staggering success, to figure out how to turn school curriculum into epic video games. Did this just happen?
ONE NIGHT last September, a 46-year-old Veterans Administration research manager named Robert Small showed up at a public meeting with state education officials in Ellicott City, a well-to-do Maryland suburb, with a pen, a notebook, and an ax to grind.
New research from the University of Washington has confirmed what we've long suspected: toddlers are mini-geniuses. In order to test toddlers' aptitude for probability, researchers set up an experimental game. A researcher placed two differently colored and shaped blocks on a platform, activating a machine that dispensed marbles. One of the blocks activated the dispenser...