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Inequality in schools threatens U.S. prosperity, says new federal report

Inequality in schools threatens U.S. prosperity, says new federal report | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Brooke Donald, Stanford Graduate School of Education 

 

It said America has become an outlier in the way it funds, governs and administers K-12 schools.

 

 "No other developed nation has inequities nearly as deep or systemic; no other developed nation has, despite some efforts to the contrary, so thoroughly stacked the odds against so many of its children," the report said.

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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

 

● It’s midsummer. Doesn’t it feel like a time for family game nights? Check out Jessica Lahey’s article describing 5 fun games and the cognitive benefits of this informal learning time.

 

● Annoyed by the 10,000 Hour Rule? Good news. Maybe talent is more important than practice. Bothered by that? No worries. In a few years we'll see further research. Knowledge advances in refining increments!

 

● Have you wondered how the switch from print to digital media affects reading comprehension? Read Maria Konnikova’s well-written article on the topic.

 

● In education this week public discussion over teacher tenure turned bizarre. Dozens of articles covering Diane Ravitch’s unflattering comments about Campbell Brown circulated. But none of that is below. Too mindless for us, right? Instead, check out Daniel Willingham’s level-headed take on K-12 tenure.

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The End of ‘Genius’

The End of ‘Genius’ | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joshua Wolf Shenk, New York Times

 

The idea of the solitary creator is a myth that has outlived its usefulness.

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How Tests Make Us Smarter

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by Henry L Roediger, New York Times


TESTS have a bad reputation in education circles these days: They take time, the critics say, put students under pressure and, in the case of standardized testing, crowd out other educational priorities. But the truth is that, used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it.

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Arne Duncan flubbed on Common Core, and then he made it worse

Arne Duncan flubbed on Common Core, and then he made it worse | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Karin Klein, LA Times

 

The scaffolding of support for the Common Core curriculum standards continues, right and left, to lose a beam here, a platform there. After adopting the standards, with vocal support from the governor, both the Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin have now abandoned them. The American Federation of Teachers was once a big supporter. At its meeting over the weekend, though it didn't switch to outright opposition, it voted to set up grants for teachers to critique or reformulate the standards.

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Here's Why We Don't Need Standardized Tests

Here's Why We Don't Need Standardized Tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Schools get better, more useful information from performance assessments and collaboration than standardized exams, Greg Jouriles says.
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Why did the GOP flip flop on Common Core?

Why did the GOP flip flop on Common Core? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Grace, Hechinger Report

 

For the first time in recent memory, K-12 education is emerging as a top tier issue in the coming presidential race, at least among Republicans. That, for people who care deeply about schools, is the good news. The bad news is that the political conversation is almost entirely focused on the ever-more contentious topic of …

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Parents rank playing outside higher than reading for summer priorities

Parents rank playing outside higher than reading for summer priorities | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lauren Barack, School Library Journal

 

How important is summer reading to parents? According to a study conducted by Reading Is Fundamental and Macy's, only 17 percent of parents responded that reading should be a

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

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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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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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12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free

12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Libby Nelson, Vox

 

A syllabus of great reading to understand the biggest education debates.

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OMG! Texting doesn't actually hurt kids' grammar or spelling skills

OMG! Texting doesn't actually hurt kids' grammar or spelling skills | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joseph Stromberg, Vox

 

If anything, it seems to improve kids' language fluency

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New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ingfei Chen, Mind/Shift

 

New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.

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Internal War Among Democrats over Education Policy Escalates

Internal War Among Democrats over Education Policy Escalates | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Dayen, Salon

 

High-profile Democrats -- from Donna Brazile to Jennifer Granholm -- are saying enough is enough re: charter-mania

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This article gets you current on the division in the democratic party over education policy

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Would kids be better off with more free play or more structured learning time? Articles this week discuss how informal learning develops kids’ executive function. Plus Annie Murphy Paul talks about “embodied cognition” and the need to involve the body in learning. These stories make sense at the height of summer. Yet, at the same time, we see essays that make the case for summer school, to stop "brain drain." Reading conflicting information means your knowledge will be more broadly informed. 

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Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory

Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A team of scientists recently discovered that repetition is a terrible way to memorize information—and their findings highlight much better strategies.
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‘The Children We Mean to Raise’

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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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The Secret of Effective Motivation

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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

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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

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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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