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Building a Better Student: How Come?

Building a Better Student: How Come? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dom Testa, Earnest Parenting

 

My son is an adult, a mature, responsible young man who makes me proud on a daily basis. That’s why it’s funny to think back and remember him as a spirited seven-year-old, a kid who would’ve played...

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The Way Forward on Education

The Way Forward on Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Huff Post

 

In my own experience with the education system, I have seen the consequences of relying on high-stakes exams. My son, Jake, was sick on the day in seventh grade when he was to take the reading portion of the FCAT, and we didn't think it was possible to take it another day. As a result, he did poorly on the test, despite having earned As and Bs in language arts classes in the gifted student program in school. Certainly, Jake's performance wasn't his teachers' fault. It was a one-shot chance for him on that day and as a result of the lower score, we discovered the next school year that the state legislature had passed a law requiring, with no exceptions, every student with a below-average FCAT score to take a remedial reading class. Jake clearly did not need remedial reading...

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Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep Schultz has a new book out, "For the Next Generation."  This is an excerpt

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Best Articles This Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Best Articles This Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, The Parent Cortical Mass Blog,

 

About a year ago I said to a friend, “Privacy doesn’t matter anymore. People are more concerned with transparency.” That was before Edward Snowden.

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The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math' | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Miles Kimball and Noah Smith, The Atlantic

 

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.

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Corporal Punishment Persists in U.S. Schools

Corporal Punishment Persists in U.S. Schools | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alyssa Morones, Education Week

 

Despite a wave of measures abolishing the controversial disciplinary practice, many communities are still using paddles to curb student misbehavior.

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

There are plenty great articles for parents this week. Get informed on birth order and parenting, math anxiety and parenting, positive and negative “self-talk,” and the significance of talking and listening to babies.

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Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

 

If you're studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a..

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Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates Want to Teach 10 Million Students to Code in One Hour

Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates Want to Teach 10 Million Students to Code in One Hour | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lauren Landry, BostInno

 

Who better to teach computer science than Harvard's own renowned dropouts Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates? Sure,...

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OK, the tittle made me laugh. (even though I "get" the initiative.)

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Are Private Schools Worth It?

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by Julia Ryan, The Atlantic

 

A new book argues that public schools are actually academically superior.

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, The Parent Cortical Mass Blog

 

Themes this week cover the common core debate over time devoted to learning fiction vs. time used to learn STEM, the parenting dispute over kids' need for daydreaming vs. their need for scheduling, the 30 million word gap, and problems with using standardized tests for accountability. ● Bill Gates and other titans of tech have launched an initiative, “Hour of Code,” with the mission to get 10 million (of the 55 million) U.S. K-12 students introduced to coding.

 

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College’s Identity Crisis

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by Frank Bruni, New York Times

 

How do we increase the accessibility of higher education, lower its costs and improve its quality all at once?

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, The Parent Cortical Mass Blog

 

The most news-generating story this week comes from the OECD, the organization that conducts the global student achievement tests. They released results from a new test, one that assesses adults in the workplace, to compare the smarts of each nation’s workers. Guess how America did? 

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What Is Literary Nonfiction? And Other Confusions About the Common Core

What Is Literary Nonfiction? And Other Confusions About the Common Core | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
I have become fascinated with the swirling questions about the new reading standards under the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
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The ‘early language gap’ is about more than words

The ‘early language gap’ is about more than words | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Esther Quintero, Washington Post

 

We hear a lot about how children from low-income families often enter school with a “word gap,” meaning they have heard and know fewer words than their more affluent peers, a reality that puts them at a disadvantage from the very beginning of their...

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Worth reading!

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Why does the first child get the gold? An economics answer

Why does the first child get the gold? An economics answer | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Simone Pathe, PBS News Hour

 

Are you an eldest child? Did you watch your younger siblings get away with things you wouldn't have dreamed of attempting for fear of your parents' wrath? New economics research validates the whining of older siblings everywhere: yes, you had it tougher because mommy and daddy punished you for things the younger ones got away with. But boy (or girl) did it pay off?

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Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?

Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

 

Big Bird and the A.B.C.’s may be the best tools for fighting poverty and crime. So let’s get moving on early education programs.

 

We just might have a rare chance in the next couple of months to take steps toward such a landmark early education program in America. But children can’t vote, and they have no highly paid lobbyists — so it’ll happen only if we the public speak up.

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A data-driven argument to reduce testing in schools

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The U.S. is off to a bad start when it comes to using data to improve schools, concludes a National Education Policy Center October 2013 report entitled Data Driven Improvement and Accountability by Andy Hargreaves and Henry Braun of Boston College.
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Nixing Recess: The Silly, Alarmingly Popular Way to Punish Kids

Nixing Recess: The Silly, Alarmingly Popular Way to Punish Kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sigrid Anderson Corell, The Atlantic

 

Three-quarters of principals say that taking away recess is part of their discipline plan. Why this is a bad idea—and what schools should do instead.

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Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K

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by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

A Stanford psychologist found that affluent children had learned 30 percent more words from 18 months to 2 years of age than children from low-income homes.

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New research reinforces findings of Hart and Risley on the 30 million word gap, and parent interaction they called "language dancing"

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Why Doesn't the Constitution Guarantee the Right to Education?

Why Doesn't the Constitution Guarantee the Right to Education? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephen Lurie, The Atlantic

 

Every country that outperforms the U.S. has a constitutional or statutory commitment to this right.

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Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income

Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic

 

A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students. 

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Education Reform Becomes Dirty 'R-Word' On Mayors' School Turnaround Tour

Education Reform Becomes Dirty 'R-Word' On Mayors' School Turnaround Tour | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

The splashiest education reform wars in recent years have been the province of big-city mayors.

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Why the Common Core?

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by Sarah Garland, The Hechinger Report

 

A decade ago, American education leaders received some alarming news: On a pair of international tests, U.S. students were far behind their peers in countries like Japan, Russia, Singapore and South Korea. While 44 percent of Singapore’s students scored “advanced” on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), only 7 percent of American students did.

 
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Get informed with this short primer on the Common Core.

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How to Help Kids Find Their Aspirations

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by Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift

 

A lot of kids have big dreams about what they want to do as adults -- whether that’s become a professional athlete or a teacher -- but no idea of what it takes to get there. Here are ideas on how to help them find their aspirations.

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How Field Trips Build Critical Thinking Skills

by Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift

 

School field trips are on the decline in American education for many reasons. Schools are making tough choices about how to spend scarce resources, are spending

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