For many parents with seniors in high school the college application season is ramping up. This week the cost of a college education is in the news. The article from Phillip Levine at Brookings explains why figuring out the cost is so difficult. It could help. There’s an opportunity this week to get a little smarter about testing and accountability. Read Anya Kamenetz for a good overview. Read Alicia Caldwell to hear the argument for why overtesting is a myth. To understand what the sc
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
The mid-term elections have finally arrived. Communities around America are debating the top education policies, like common core and accountability. It can be perplexing because the debates don’t follow political party lines. Read Motoko Rich’s news story on the California race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, where two Democrat candidates vie for citizens' votes. They would take public schools down very different paths, so there's an unequivocal choice. Have you been waiting to read a good explanation for A.D.H.D.—what it is and why it’s on the rise? Click on Dr. Richard Friedman’s clarifying article.
For years we’ve thought that all parents needed to know the research on the 30 million word gap. This concept is now on the White House’s radar. New initiatives from government and non-profits will surely spread the word, helping parents gain cortical mass! ● Have we reached a tipping point about the use/overuse of standardized tests for NCLB accountability? Read Lyndsay Layton’s summary of who is saying what now.
Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize! Last year we published her moving speech to the UN, given on her 16th birthday. Imagine what she could do for women and global education in the years ahead? ● Do violent video games contribute to youth violence? Parents must set (and carry out) the household policy on playing video games with violence. ProCon.org can help. They’ve collected excerpts from smart sources, and put 11 in the “yes” column and 11 in the “no” column. The positions quote diver...
Let's imagine for a minute that family resources had no impact on the likelihood that an American student would graduate high school and go on to earn a college degree or beyond. In this idealized world, which factors would influence a student's likelihood of academic achievement, and how do nature and nurture conspire to dictate those outcomes?
The mere mention of Boston inspires dread in my family. On one infamous trip from our home in upstate New York to a Boston wedding, we were done in by a single step in the directions sent by family friends.
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
How do you find your way around a new city? With or without google maps...
Phillip Levine explains how making college costs more transparent and offering simplified price calculators that tell prospective students and their families how much financial aid they will receive can open doors that once appeared closed, in some cases revealing that private colleges can be affordable options alongside state schools.
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
Parents with kids approaching college age need to know this.
Should parents help kids with their homework? Get the pros and cons from experts with differing opinions and be informed. ● High school seniors are now in the thick of applying to colleges. How many applications are enough? This article has some interesting stats. ● Is it worth it for students to take A.P. classes? Get the scoop from Jessica Lahey. ● Now there’s an app for the word gap. Since 90% of U.S. adults have a cell phone, what if this worked?
This week several of our top learning concepts are in the spotlight. Researchers have discovered that dads don’t speak as many words around their babies as do moms. Why does this matter? More than ever fathers spend time caring for their babies, so they need to understand the importance of language dancing—a slow-spoken, musical sounding, back and forth chatting with babies. (Dads, time to man-up with the baby talk.) ● If you’re unfamiliar with “executive function” in children, this 5 minute vid
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In