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...
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.
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.
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
Are we expecting too much of our kids, or not enough? Give it some thought this week. ● Have you heard of Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow? Parents should know about him and his discoveries on humans’ bias to overconfidence. Really, read this one! ● Heard of Nicholas Christakis’ work on the impacts of our social networks? His article this week is a pitch to college freshman. He explains the informal learning of “peer effects” and describe
"Grit” is the featured topic this week. Can we help kids get more of it? Can it be taught in classrooms? Is it reliably measured? And...should the government collect the grit scores of students? ● The screen-time debate continues this week. The focus? How does parents' screen-time impact their kids? ● Congress is finally taking on the re-write of No Child Left Behind and its troublesome accountability system. Should parents be allowed to opt out their kids from mandated tests without risking federal sanctions...
The ability to speak Spanish can give you a big boost when it comes to applying for a job, and there's evidence that people who speak more than one language actually improve their brain function in certain ways.
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
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
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.
The most controversial articles this week explore screen addiction and the impacts of helicopter parenting on college students. ● The most brilliant article is by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the premier writer on race in America. "Letter to my Son" is unequalled. ● Top 10 Education Policies examined this week include charter schools' performance, accountability iteration, and common core's textbook problems. ● Do commencement speeches inspire you? NPR created a beautiful site to explore the best of the be
We’ve all heard stories of parents standing in line for extreme amounts of time to register their kid for a popular school. “Waiting for Kindergarten,” by Gerard Sychay, is a gritty telling of the what, why and how of that experience. Reading it will leave you mildly inspired and less dumb. ● Explore two of our top ten learning concepts in articles this week--one on the growth mindset and another on practice and the 10,000 Hour Rule. ● Build your parent background knowledge! Be prepared for one
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