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At Last! A Computer Science Course for All Kids

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by Julia Steiny, Education News

 

The United States is lagging behind the world on teaching computer science, but there's a solid curriculum available, writes Julia Steiny.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Remember the Marshmallow Test? The professor who developed it has published his first non-academic book. He's 84. He's got good news for concerned parents. Maybe you’ve already heard about lithium in the water. If not, here's your chance. The global achievement gap gets two articles this week. There's an argument for why you should not admire China's top ranked school system. And, if you're curious, peek at the graph to find out how U.S. elementary students time-in-school compares to other nations.  Ann McCormick, founder of The Learning Company and developer of Reader Rabbit, has a new reading app. Check it out!

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ingfei Chen, Mind/Shift

 

Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success.

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Reader Bee – Teaching Children to Read Faster?

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by The Creativity Post

 

A new iPad app for Pre-K and Kindergarten children teaches reading faster and in a more effective and entertaining way.

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High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys

High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by University of Eastern Finland

 

A recent Finnish study shows that higher levels of physical activity are related to better academic achievement during the first three school years particu

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How Trip Hawkins Turns Curriculum Into Video Games

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by Ava Arsaga, EdBizWatch

 

Watchers of the educational software industry have known for a long time what it would take for learning games to breakthrough. It would take the best entertainment video-game designers, the ones with staggering success, to figure out how to turn school curriculum into epic video games. Did this just happen?

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U.S. News college rankings: Amid predictability, some major shifts

U.S. News college rankings: Amid predictability, some major shifts | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Nick Anderson, Washington Post

 

For most schools, the rankings vary little from year to year. But a few saw major changes in the 2014-2015 list.

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The Trouble With Harvard

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by Steven Pinker, New Republic

 

The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it.

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How a bipartisan education reform effort became the biggest conservative bogeyman since Obamacare

How a bipartisan education reform effort became the biggest conservative bogeyman since Obamacare | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

 

Inside the mammoth backlash to Common Core.

 

ONE NIGHT last September, a 46-year-old Veterans Administration research manager named Robert Small showed up at a public meeting with state education officials in Ellicott City, a well-to-do Maryland suburb, with a pen, a notebook, and an ax to grind.

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A Tale Of Two Polls

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by Cory Turner, NPR Ed

 

Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Short, and worth the read.

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The case for letting high school students sleep in

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by Libby Nelson, Vox

 

Starting school before 8 a.m. doesn't make medical or academic sense.

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Toddlers are really good at probability

Toddlers are really good at probability | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
New research from the University of Washington has confirmed what we've long suspected: toddlers are mini-geniuses. In order to test toddlers' aptitude for probability, researchers set up an experimental game. A researcher placed two differently colored and shaped blocks on a platform, activating a machine that dispensed marbles. One of the blocks activated the dispenser...
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The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart

The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By: Salman Khan, Khan Academy


Join the #YouCanLearnAnything movement


My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lay on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word

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

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The public conversation about math continues for a third week. New brain research shows rote memorization of math facts contributes to later math achievement. This research doesn’t align well with the approach common core math standards are taking. ● Have you heard of the Flynn effect? It’s worth knowing. It shows how the IQ of the worlds’ population is increasing over time. 

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Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation

Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham, Real Clear Education

 

We might ask whether psychologists know anything about the process of reading that could influence how we think about close reading.

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Why parents are raising their kids on Minecraft

Back in June of 2011, David Pakman’s daughter and son, at the time age 10 and eight, asked him for a copy of Minecraft. "At the time I didn’t know what that was, so I checked it out, thought it was...
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Learning How to Exert Self-Control

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by Pamela Drucerman, New York Times

 

At age 84, Mr. Mischel is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.” 


He says we anxious parents timing our kids in front of treats are missing a key finding of willpower research:  Whether you eat the marshmallow at age 5 isn’t your destiny. Self-control can be taught. Grown-ups can use it to tackle the burning issues of modern middle-class life: how to go to bed earlier, not check email obsessively, stop yelling at our children and spouses, and eat less bread. Poor kids need self-control skills if they’re going to catch up at school.

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Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter

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by Bret Stetka, Scientific American

 

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that reading the Harry Potter books in particular has similar effects, likely in part because Potter is continually in contact with stigmatized groups. Tales of the young wizard instill empathy, a study finds

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The Best Language for Math

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by Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal

 

Studies have linked confusing English number names to weaker arithmetic skills in children. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish express math concepts more clearly.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Question: Do we need standardized tests in education? Yes, we do. No, we don't. Do too. Do not. This is not a savvy argument. Get briefed. Steven Pinker writes that the Ivy League needs the SAT in their admissions. (Is it me, or is his article teeming with SAT vocabulary words?) Educators say they want parent involvement in schools. But, after an open house, have you muttered, “Parent involvement? More like parent compliance." Yet, if you dare to tread, are you helicoptering? Don't miss Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the science behind locating Krypton, Superman’s home planet. It's *@*WOW!

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The Marriage Effect: Money or Parenting?

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by Richard Reeves, Kimberly Howard, Brookings

 

Single parent households have often been linked to lower social mobility. In September's Long Memo, Kimberly Howard and Richard Reeves examine the strength of the connection between marriage and mobility, controlling for family income and parenting quality.

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The Good in Standardized Testing

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by Lelac Almagor, Boston Review

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The big news this week is a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The story was widely covered by mainstream media, so maybe you've heard. Pediatricians are telling education leaders that the science of learning about sleep and the teen brain is too significant to ignore. Will this impact high school start times across America? Several weeks ago Hillary Clinton started an initiative on the “word gap,” one of our top learning concepts. Now Sal Khan, the celebrated founder of Khan Academy, started a campaign to spread the word about growth mindsets. We're thrilled because these initiatives are sure to help parents gain cortical mass! 

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Engage with babbling infants to improve language learning - Zee News

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“Zee News Engage with babbling infants to improve language learning Zee News "Instead, parents who consciously engage with their babbling infants can accelerate their children's vocalising and language learning," said Julie Gros-Louis, an assistant...”


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Who Won the Top Children's Book Awards for 2013?

Who Won the Top Children's Book Awards for 2013? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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 2012.
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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ingfei Chen, Mind/Shift

 

Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.

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