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The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools

David Kirp, New York Times  

 

WHAT would it really take to give students a first-rate education? Some argue that our schools are irremediably broken and that charter schools offer the only solution. The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have.

Union City makes an unlikely poster child for education reform. It’s a poor community with an unemployment rate 60 percent higher than the national average. Three-quarters of the students live in homes where only Spanish is spoken. A quarter are thought to be undocumented, living in fear of deportation.

 

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David L. Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of the forthcoming book “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools.”

   

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

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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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Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School

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There are programs to keep kids from dropping out, but the causes run more deeply, down to the design of school, according to researchers.
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Make Learning Spanish Fun With These Educational Games

Make Learning Spanish Fun With These Educational Games | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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.

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, June 29, 6:19 PM

I would add the Android app "Spanish Injection" to the list, Very cool and fun!

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.
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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

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Happy Father’s Day! There’s great news for Dads. “Goofy” play is good for your kids! Of course you knew that. You could tell by their smiles. But check out this research and be scientifically vindicated. ● You’ve heard of growth and fixed mindsets, and the best way for parents to praise children. Now, find out how long it takes to overcome a fixed mindset. And learn more on-target phrases to praise your kids. ● A new study this week shows that kids learn from Sesame Street as much as they learn...

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The One Word That'll Ignite Your Child’s Confidence

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Knowing the “right” thing to say and do as parents is daunting. Are you tired of stress, lack of confidence or would like to switch a habit in minutes instead of weeks?
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How The Memory Works In Learning

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How The Memory Works In Learning: neuroscience, memory, cognition, judy willis
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Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

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by Anya Kamenetz, NPR

 

Half the picture of student success is something other than academic. So why can't someone come up with a better name for them?

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The Secret to Learning Anything Fast

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This is what you must do if you want to learn anything.
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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

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This week we discuss “resilience” and other "non-cognitive" skills associated with success. Resilience is not freaking out when your hopes and plans are going down the drain. There's "grit" for persistence and a "growth mindset" for confidence in your ability to learn. How can parents help their kids build these skills? Can schools help? ● The school year is coming to an end. How do parents (and students) say thank you to teachers? For first-rate guidance read Jessica Lahey’s article. ● It’s su

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

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Worrying is an occupational hazard for parents. That’s why you should check out Eric Barker’s “How Not to Worry.” Besides summarizing heaps of helpful research, it’s an entertaining read. ● There’s a fierce public debate about whether studying liberal arts is relevant anymore. Some of the world’s wealthiest technocrats say that a liberal arts major is a poor strategy for getting a job. Instead, they say (with urgency,) everyone should learn to code. Their school coding initiatives include students....

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How To Get Smarter

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Wouldn’t you like to know how to get smarter? Of course.
I’ve looked at the science on the subject many times in the past and there are some simple methods — like, believe it or not, exercise and even chewing gum.
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Good summary of the research, with lots of links.  Eric Barker's post template is one of my favorites!  

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The Importance of Playing, Puttering, and Pretending – DrGreene.com

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Current brain development & education research supports: early academics does not strengthen the young child’s development. Playing is a young child's work.
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Preparing Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet

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Childhood passions that seem like fads, sometimes even totally unproductive, could be mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of…

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The Importance of Failure: People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong

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On celebrating mistakes and never considering oneself "smart."
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How Green Spaces In Schools Can Optimize Students' Learning And Productivity

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Children today spend less time outdoors than ever before -- and it may be detrimental not only to their physical health, but also to their cognitive development.

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Here's What the Media Got Wrong About Our 'Sesame Street' Education Study

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The PBS children's show is no substitute for preschool.
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No quick fix for pupils with a fixed mindset about their own intelligence

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New research found that a programme aimed at changing pupils' mindsets had no significant impact on their attainment.

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This highlights the need for a sustained approach towards changing learners with fixed mindsets about their intelligence, particularly those brought up in an environment which has fostered that mindset over years, or generations even.

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Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids

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Children aren’t born with an innate ability to act kindly, but they can learn it.
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You’ve made it to the end of the school year! Were those last weeks crazy-busy with parent-attendance requirements? Read Motoko Rich's article for some inconspicuous commiseration. ● There’s an intriguing TED Talk on the logical minds of babies. How scientists do this research is fascinating. Watch it to upgrade your baby observation skills. ● Dr. Judy Willis has written a short primer on the neuroscience of learning. It's pitched to teachers, but during summer, parents are the teachers. ● Want...

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Tiger Mum or Cat Dad? Claws out over parenting styles

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There's a challenger to the super-strict high-achieving Tiger Mother - he's been dubbed 'Cat Dad' and is the subject of a hit Chinese TV programme.
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School Bullying, Cyberbullying Continue to Drop - US News

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School bullying is at its lowest rate since 2005, but girls are still bullied at higher rates.
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MAGID ON TECH: Know your child's rights in the Information Age

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It's no secret that schools collect a lot of information about students, ranging from test scores to whether their parents' income is low enough to qualify for free lunch.
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Today’s parents raise kids in the era of internet technologies. You must grapple with determining what practices are best for social media, screen time, and kids' data privacy. Now, add self-driving cars. Will you insist on parental controls? ● If you’ve been frustrated by how rigid schools are about excusing absences for educational family vacations, you have a new hero. ● If personalized learning tech makes you feel ”simultaneously optimistic and outright terrified”, read danah boyd’s article.

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Perseverance key to children's intellectual growth, Stanford scholar says - Stanford University News

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Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says that children are more motivated when they are told their intelligence or talents can grow and expand.
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Every parent needs to understand the growth mindset!

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