"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 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
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...
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.
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.
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...
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
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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