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Poll: Voters Pan Most Florida Education Reform Ideas

Poll: Voters Pan Most Florida Education Reform Ideas | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Aaron Deslatte, Orlando Sentinel

 

From higher tuition for arts degrees to race-based standards, a new poll suggests Florida voters are adamantly opposed to education reforms floated by Florida policymakers that essentially treat students differently.

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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents - Parent Cortical Mass

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

We hear frequently that digital devices are eating away at our brains. Cognitive Scientist, Daniel T. Willingham, writes this week, “Smartphones don’t make us dumb.” Read his illuminating article on the impacts to our attention spans. ● The most intriguing article this week comes from an English teacher in San Luis Obispo, CA. As he integrates into his teaching the common core’s emphasis on cognitive skills, he says, “My job description has evolved, and I’m fine with that. But where are the st

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.
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Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What's the Best Approach?

Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What's the Best Approach? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Should schools teach personality or character? This is the question posed in a recent New York Times op-ed by Anna North. She spells out the crux of the debate:

Self-control, curiosity, "grit"--these qualities may seem more personal than ...
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass


Carol Dweck wrote an article for Scientific American this week. Every parent needs to know her research on the growth mindset. Her book, Mindset, is on our list of Top Books for Parents. If you’ve not read it, this don’t-miss article will get you up-to-speed.  


You know that ‘learning styles’ are a myth, right? Good. But even if you do, Christian Jarret’s article in Wired this week is uber-informing. He promises that in 2 minutes you'll know all you need to know.  


Research on the 30 Million Word Gap has inspired new initiatives and polices. Read Sara Neufeld’s article and learn how closing the word gap might also close the achievement gap. 


Games from your childhood are now online and free to play. Remember Oregon Trail, Sim City, Prince of Persia? Spend some quality time with your kids sharing your favorites. Besides the fun, it’s a history lesson

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10 things not enough kids know before going to college

by Christopher Blattman, Vox

 

Take statistics, study abroad, and more advice from a Columbia professor.

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

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“Math knowledge at the beginning of elementary school was the single most powerful predictor determining whether a student would graduate high school and attend college.” Read Anya Kamenetz's article for further information. Which countries assign the most homework? Take a peek at the graph showing how much...

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Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

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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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Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM?

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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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7 Ways to Develop Good Habits in Language Learning | Language News

7 Ways to Develop Good Habits in Language Learning | Language News | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
In this post we'll discuss how to develop good habits for learning a language, including setting goals, pacing yourself, and designating a study space.

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, January 25, 8:25 AM

Habits are key!

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Sleep Quantity + Sleep Quality = Better Math/Language Scores

Sleep Quantity + Sleep Quality = Better Math/Language Scores | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A new study confirms that it is worth a parents effort to ensure that their school-aged child receives a good nights sleep.
Researchers from McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal found that sleep quality and...
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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents - Parent Cortical Mass

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

It’s likely you’ve heard of “helicopter parenting.” It’s a parenting style often mocked by the media. But have you heard of “free-range parenting?” Because of an event in Maryland this week, it was a big topic in parenting news. What do you think?

 

Renowned neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin, tackles the topic of multi-tasking, which he says is a “powerful and diabolical illusion.” It’s essential reading.

 

One of our missions is to debunk persistent “neuromyths.” Dr. Judy Willis writes about the "edu-cash-in"....

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Raising smarter kids: What we learned about learning in 2014

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All of us want to help our kids learn and achieve, so as we head into the New Year, let’s take some time to review.

What were the most important science news stories about learning in 2014? Here are my top five.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Happy 2015! We are back with a fabulous line up of articles which will make you smarter at fostering your kids learning and education. The most intriguing article this week is from Keith Stanovich, on the thinking that IQ tests miss. Don’t miss it! At least try to solve a couple of the simple problems that make the case of the “cognitive miser.” ● This week the most discussed research study compares the “Big Five” personality traits to school achievement. Interesting results! ● The common core a

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

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

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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 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?

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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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My daughters and I are HUGE Kate DiCamillo fans. 

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Recalculating: The Mind and the Map

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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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