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School Absences Translate to Lower Test Scores, Study Says

by Sarah Sparks, Education Week

 

Missing even a few days of school seems to make a difference in whether 8th graders perform at the top of their game, according to a new analysis of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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

Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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!

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The Secret of Effective Motivation

The Secret of Effective Motivation | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Inby Amy Wrzesniewski and Barry Schwartz, NYT

 

Encourage people to do something for its own sake, not for its benefits.

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Interesting! Worth the read! Internal and Instrumental motivation (not the same as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation)

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About that Harvard Study: It's Our Culture Creates the Behavior We Hate

About that Harvard Study: It's Our Culture Creates the Behavior We Hate | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rick Ackerly

 

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.

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The dialogue on that Harvard study continues.  Rick Ackerly says, it's more the culture than parents.

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The Perils of Too Much Happy Talk

The Perils of Too Much Happy Talk | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anna North, New York Times

 

A new study shows that while parents say they want their children to be caring, they may be sending the message that personal happiness matters more. And this could be hurting kids, ANNA NORTH writes.

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Gates Says Fixing Education Toughest Challenge

Gates Says Fixing Education Toughest Challenge | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jeri Clausing, AP

 

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...

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Why Kids With Supportive Moms Do Better in School and Life

Why Kids With Supportive Moms Do Better in School and Life | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

 

Pediatricians are trying to gently shape child-rearing styles so that kids living in poverty have a chance to succeed.

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What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight

What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, NPR

 

Rough-and-tumble play is a vital part of growing up ... and a really fun part of parenting.

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How Do You Take the Measure of a School Year?

How Do You Take the Measure of a School Year? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, New York Times

 

Was the 2013-14 school year, with its Common Core, its policy debates and its snow days, a success for education, for schools, or for students?

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The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover

The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jeff Selling, The Chronicle

 

We should offer more flexibility in when, where, and how students acquire it.

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Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

Several campaigns are seeking to help the young children of poor and immigrant families by urging parents to spend more time talking to them.

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Is coding the new literacy?

Is coding the new literacy? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

"Why America's schools need to train a generation of hackers....

 

What if learning to code weren't actually the most important thing? It turns out that rather than increasing the number of kids who can crank out thousands of lines of JavaScript, we first need to boost the number who understand what code can do. As the cities that have hosted Code for America teams will tell you, the greatest contribution the young programmers bring isn't the software they write. It's the way they think. It's a principle called "computational thinking," and knowing all of the Java syntax in the world won't help if you can't think of good ways to apply it...."


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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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. 

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Have you heard of Subtweeting, a New Form of Cyberbullying?

Have you heard of Subtweeting, a New Form of Cyberbullying? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Steven Woda, uKnow

 

Subtweeting consists of using social media to talk negatively/gossip about someone without naming the individual directly

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‘The Children We Mean to Raise’

‘The Children We Mean to Raise’ | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

In this edition of the EdCast, Harvard Graduate School of Education senior lecturer Richard Weissbourd discusses the findings in the recent report, “The Children We Mean to Raise.

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An article from the Harvard Graduate School of Education on the Harvard research project that got wall-to-wall media response

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9 Terms to Know About Executive Function | What Is Working Memory?

9 Terms to Know About Executive Function | What Is Working Memory? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
What terms do teachers and doctors use to talk about executive functioning issues? Here are clear definitions of nine of them, including working memory.
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How to Get Into Harvard

How to Get Into Harvard | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Simple advice from the president of America's most venerable university
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Popular 'Maker Movement' Incompatible With Common Core, Authors Contend

Popular 'Maker Movement' Incompatible With Common Core, Authors Contend | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Herold, Education Week

 

Maker education is a hot topic at ISTE, where educators and authors Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager discussed their new book "Invent to Learn."

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

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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?” 

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How Does IQ Relate to Personality?

How Does IQ Relate to Personality? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Scott Barry Kaufman, Creativity Post

 

Personality and IQ have traditionally been viewed as distinct domains of human functioning. However, research over the past three decades suggests that IQ is a personality trait.

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Global View: How U.S. policies to help working families rank in the world

Global View: How U.S. policies to help working families rank in the world | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Brigid Schulte, Washington Post

 

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.”

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

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!

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Summer solstice Saturday: Longest day and shortest night of the year

Summer solstice Saturday: Longest day and shortest night of the year | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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7 Memory Skills That Will Make You Way Smarter

7 Memory Skills That Will Make You Way Smarter | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Drake Baer, Business insider

 

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have. 

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Are Schools Putting Your Child's Information at Risk?

Are Schools Putting Your Child's Information at Risk? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sienna Kossman, Fox Business

 

It's become the norm for school districts to turn over sensitive student data to outside cloud computing companies, a practice that has ignited concerns about student privacy.

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Good detail of what's happening in the fight to keep student data private.

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Four is the 'magic' number

Four is the 'magic' number | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

"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.


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, June 13, 11:40 AM

The attentional window for short-term memory might be smaller than previously thought. Chunking information is one key strategy that can be exapted to infotentional practice.

Anne-Marie Armstrong's curator insight, June 20, 6:39 AM

How does this apply to Interface Usability and Interaction?