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!
“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...”
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.
It's about No Child Left Behind and the U.S. Education Department.
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
This year parents will get up to speed on the NCLB rules that cause schools to inform parents the schools are failing. But, they aren't really. It's not hard to understand though it makes you roll your eyes.
As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set 'em free.
There’s a name for the kind of education Fin and Rye are getting. It’s called unschooling, though Penny and I have never been fond of the term. But “self-directed, adult-facilitated life learning in the context of their own unique interests” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue...
Last month, the US Math Team took second place in the International Math Olympiad—for high school students—held in Cape Town, South Africa. Since 1989, China has won 20 out of 27 times (including this year), and in the entire history of the Olympiad, the US Math Team has won only 4 out of 55 times, so second place...
Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or non-fiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with both. So whether or not you have a non-fiction fan at your house or not, see if your kids would be interested in any one of these books that I'm recommending to you today.
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...
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.
With summer coming to an end, it makes sense to ask: “Does play help learning? Luckily, there’s good reason for kids to keep moving and playing! ● No doubt you’ve seen those Kids-Get-Too-Many-Trophies articles. We don’t list them here because often they're just rants. But this week NPR covered the topic, discussing the pros and cons with whimsy.
Want to turn TV time into learning time? As I explain in greater detail below, free streaming videos from services like Netflix and Amazon are a boon to parents committed to a well-rounded education for their children—and not opposed to a little screen time on occasion. SIGN UP to receive updates from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute