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When it comes to preschool, what actually works?

When it comes to preschool, what actually works? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kate Taylor, NY Times

 

The study will follow 4,000 children to see if curriculum can create lasting improvement in students’ skills and a likelihood to persevere academically.

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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F' | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic

 

The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.

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Equations Are Art inside a Mathematician’s Brain

Equations Are Art inside a Mathematician’s Brain | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American

 

A brain area associated with emotional reactions to beauty activates when mathematicians view especially pleasing formulas

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How Guessing Games Help Kids Solve Math Problems

How Guessing Games Help Kids Solve Math Problems | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Mind/Shift

 

A new study suggests that by playing games that involve quickly guessing how many items are in a group of objects, children can help themselves become better at traditional math problems.

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The invaluableness of 'obscure' words and the SAT

The invaluableness of 'obscure' words and the SAT | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

 

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

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Redshirting: Good Or Bad? New Research Adds To The Debate

Redshirting: Good Or Bad? New Research Adds To The Debate | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Brilliant Blog


Experts have come up with varied answers. For example, in an article in The New York Times, “Delay Kindergarten at Your Child’s Peril,” researchers Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt argue that the youngest children in kindergarten benefit “from the increased challenges of a demanding environment”—that is, school. “Learning is maximized not by getting all the answers right, but by making errors and correcting them quickly,” they note. “In this respect, children benefit from being close to the limits of their ability.”

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Finland's Latest Export: A Novel Approach to Recess

Finland's Latest Export: A Novel Approach to Recess | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Samantha Stainburn, Education Week

 

In Finland, a 1st grader spends 4.5 hours a day in school, 1.5 hours of which are devoted to "unstructured outdoor play."

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Why Are Girls Nervous About Math? Maybe Because Moms Are, Too.

Why Are Girls Nervous About Math? Maybe Because Moms Are, Too. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy paul

 

We parents pass on all kinds of traits to our kids, from our hair and eye color to our love of slapstick comedy or chocolate ice cream. One characteristic we surely don’t want to hand down to our children, however, is our own anxiety about a particular school subject. And...

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Class size matters a lot, research shows

Class size matters a lot, research shows | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

A new review of the major research that has been conducted on class size by Northwestern University Associate Professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder makes clear that class size matters, and it matters a lot.

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Education Leaders Tackle Student Data Privacy Issues at Summit

Education Leaders Tackle Student Data Privacy Issues at Summit | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Herold, Education Week

 

Policymakers, advocates and industry leaders discussed student data privacy at a summit hosted by Common Sense Media.

 

That tension—between hoping the private sector will proactively develop and implement "best practices" on the one hand, and pushing for new legislation and regulations, on the other—dominated the "School Privacy Zone" Summit, convened by San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media.

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Yesterday Common Sense Media held a summit on the emerging problems of protecting student data in this new era of data-driven instruction.  Read Benjamin Herold's summary and keep current on the thinking.

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

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Discussion on three topics took hold of the edusphere this week: the privacy of student data, the overuse of standardized tests, and the rebellion against the common core. ● Laws protect the privacy of student information, but in the rush to implement new technologies in schools, it’s clear privacy got left in the data-dust. Get informed on FERPA, COPPA, data walls, and parental permissions rights. 

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3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools

3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Bill Gates, LinkedIn

 

I don’t know many business leaders who are satisfied with America’s schools. In fact, just about every CEO I know is worried that this country simply isn't producing enough graduates with the skills

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How some school ‘data walls’ violate U.S. privacy law

How some school ‘data walls’ violate U.S. privacy law | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

 

After I wrote last week about “data walls” in public schools that often include lists of students and their test scores, readers asked whether such public displays of academic “achievement” — without parental permission — violate the federal student privacy law known as FERPA (technically the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). One privacy expert says that such lists can indeed violate FERPA.

 

The Education Department is planning to release new guidance on this issue.

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Keeping you au courant on student data privacy matters!

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5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think

5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, New York Times

 

Teachers have a different perspective on our children — one that can help us to see them differently. They’re capable individuals, they don’t need constant feedback, and they’re learning from what we do (not what we say).

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"1. Your kids can do much more than you think they can do." 

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The myth of Common Core equity

The myth of Common Core equity | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Carol Burris, Washington Post

 

It is time for those who fight for equity to question the very assumptions of reform. If a goal of public education is to expand the life chances of all students, why are we pursuing punitive policies and practices that push the opportunities of our most vulnerable students even further behind?

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

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Can you believe how much news coverage the changes to SAT got? Major media gave it top billing. It's valuable when education grabs the public mind, even for a day. ● For weeks we’ve heard about the opt out movement. But, this week Lisa T. McElroy’s, “I Opted My Kids Out. My Schools Freaked Out. Now I Know Why,” has spread far and wide. It’s worth the read. 

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This Is What the New SAT Will Be Like

This Is What the New SAT Will Be Like | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Julia Ryan, The Atlantic

 

The exam overhauls the way it tests vocabulary, reading, writing, and math.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

For some reason, the media consider the changes to the SAT a BIG news item.  Here's just one take.

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SAT to drop essay requirement as part of overhaul

SAT to drop essay requirement as part of overhaul | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
In a redesign aimed at improving college access, the test also will return to a top score of 1600.
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Debunking Myths about Parent Involvement in Middle School | MiddleWeb

Debunking Myths about Parent Involvement in Middle School | MiddleWeb | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Katie Wester-Neal debunks myths about parent involvement in middle schools, noting that parents’ engagement positively impacts their children’s school life.
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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

Have you heard people say, “Why can’t public schools run more like businesses?” Or, “Schools should be subject to market forces, like businesses, so they would have to get better, or go under.” Your response to these statements could be to, 1) nod your head (agree) or, 2) roll your eyes (disagree) or, 3) shrug your shoulders (it’s complicated.) Several articles below present these conflicting responses. But, start with Jessica Lahey’s even-handed lesson on the common core. (No test at the end, promise.) 

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High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates

High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Samantha Stainburn, Education Week

 

Amidst the current backlash against homework, it would be helpful to get some real data on how much homework we're actually talking about.

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The Future Of Games In Education [Infographic}

The Future Of Games In Education [Infographic} | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kati Lepi, Edudemic

 

Gamification is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Incorporating game play elements into your classroom can help to create a dynamic, interactive environment that will help get and keep your students engaged in the material and excited to learn. It sounds great, right? But every trend will see a …

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Expand Pre-K, Not A.D.H.D.

Expand Pre-K, Not A.D.H.D. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephen P Hinshaw and Richard M Scheffler, NYT

 

THE writing is on the chalkboard. Over the next few years, America can count on a major expansion of early childhood education. We embrace this trend, but as health policy researchers, we want to raise a major caveat: Unless we’re careful, today’s preschool bandwagon could lead straight to an epidemic of 4- and 5-year-olds wrongfully being told that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Group Calls on Companies to Safeguard Student Data

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by Ben Kamisar, Education Week

 

Common Sense Media has unveiled a new initiative to encourage the educational technology industry to protect student data from falling into the hands of corporate interests.


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Are Schools Asking to Drug Kids for Better Test Scores?

Are Schools Asking to Drug Kids for Better Test Scores? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alison Gopnik, Wall Street Journal

 

A new book, 'The ADHD Explosion,' asserts that the increase in hyperactivity diagnoses lies at least partly in changes in educational policy.

 

The authors suggest that when schools are under pressure to produce high test scores, they become motivated, consciously or unconsciously, to encourage ADHD diagnoses—either because the drugs allow low-performing children to score better or because ADHD diagnoses can be used to exclude children from testing. They didn't see co

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