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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week E3, congressional actions, graduations, and Game of Thrones figured in the learning and education news for parents.

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My Top 3 Policy Recommendations for Ed Reform

My Top 3 Policy Recommendations for Ed Reform | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Justin Reich, Education Week

 

One might expect me to recommend things related to the use of technologies in schools. But what I think of as high-quality, technology-rich education for all students in schools depends upon fundamental changes in our national system of schooling and national ecology of learning. Education technology needs education reform much more than education reform needs education technology.

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Lawsuit by Parents Challenges How Students Are Selected for Gifted Program

Lawsuit by Parents Challenges How Students Are Selected for Gifted Program | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lisa Fleisher, Wall Street Journal

 

Justice Alice Schlesinger ruled against parents who asked the judge to block the city from sending out admissions offers for the elite program.

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Good summary of what's been happening in NYC over the selection of "gifted" for the district's gifted programs

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

After a few weeks spent relocating from Chicago to Cambridge, we are back with our weekly Top Articles newsletter.

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President Obama Unveils ConnectED Initiative to Bring America’s Students into Digital Age

President Obama Unveils ConnectED Initiative to Bring America’s Students into Digital Age | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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President Obama today unveiled a bold, new initiative called ConnectED to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within 5 years, calling on the FCC to modernize and leverage its existing E-Rate program to meet that goal. The President also directed the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages.  And he called on businesses, states, districts, schools and communities to support this vision. This ambitious initiative does not require Congressional action.

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Sleep-Deprived People Are More Likely To Cheat

Sleep-Deprived People Are More Likely To Cheat | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Blog

 

How to promote ethical behavior on the job? “A common opinion is that the way to avoid ethical lapses is to figure out how to hire good people,” writes Christopher M. Barnes on the website of the Harvard Business Review. “Good people do good things and bad people do bad things: it’s as simple as that.”

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Is Coding the New Second Language?

Is Coding the New Second Language? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Peg Tyre, Smithsonian

 

Kids may know their way around a computer, but in order to get a job in the new economy, they will have to know how to write a program, not just use one

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Tea party groups mobilizing against Common Core education overhaul

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by Peter Wallsten and Lyndsey Layton, Wshington Post

 

They are urging GOP governors to retreat from a rare bipartisan initiative that President Obama supports.

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Why Scientists Will Never Find “The Gene” For Academic Success

Why Scientists Will Never Find “The Gene” For Academic Success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Blog

 

In a paper published earlier this week in the journal Science, researchers report that they have found three robust regions in the human genome that are tied to educational attainment, writes Paul Voosen in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But the links they found...

 

 

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Have you been hearing about “grit” and “character education”? Watch the TED talk by Angela Duckworth, the U Penn researcher whose work launched the grit offensive, and see what you think. Wonder why so many tech leaders say kids need to learn to code? Mitch Resnick’s simple stories will help you understand. Then, check out the list of 40 Tools that get kids coding.

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Parents: Best Articles of the Week on Learning and Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week news about Plan B contraception turned parenting media to topics of sex, sex education, and sexting. Get informed. ● A new survey shows parents are quite positive toward the use of mobile technology for learning in school. Yet, recent research on multitasking shows shallower learning when students shift focus from schoolwork to "blinking inboxes" on their mobile devices. Would students have the discipline to resist?

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How 6 Billionaires Are Changing Education

How 6 Billionaires Are Changing Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Roger Riddell, edudemic

 

What role do the mega-rich and mega-powerful play in education? Did you know that billionaires are changing education? Time to read up.

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Why We Need To Reform Education Now

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by Sir Ken Robinson, Huff Post

 

What should America do about its disastrous high school dropout rate? That's the focus of TEDTalks Education, the first ever TED/PBS television special, hosted by John Legend, the award-winning musician. The program looks not only at what's going wrong in high schools, but how to put it right. As it happens, the solution is not a mystery; but putting it into practice will involve a major shift in current policies.

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World's Out-of-school Children Numbers fall

World's Out-of-school Children Numbers fall | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sean Coughlan, BBC

 

The global figure for the number of children without access to schools has fallen, says Unesco. But so has funding and international targets are set to be missed.

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Is Not Finishing College Really That Bad?

Is Not Finishing College Really That Bad? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, Real Clear Politics


In this month’s employment analysis, The Hamilton Project examines whether starting college is worth it for students who fail to complete a degree. Our startling finding is that it is: these students’ lifetime earnings are roughly $100,000 higher (in present value) than that of their peers who ended their education after high school. Measured by the rate of return, getting some college is an investment with a return that exceeds the historical return on practically any conventional investment,

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How to survive our education battles

How to survive our education battles | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jay Matthews, Washington Post

 

I am against reforms like the parent trigger, but maybe it’s better we wait and see what happens with them.

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Common Core supporters back moratorium on new tests’ high stakes

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by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

 

A coalition of education organizations and unions that support the Common Core State Standardsissued an open letter on Thursday backing a moratorium of at least one year on the high stakes associated with new standardized tests being given to students that are aligned with the Core.

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Why High-Stakes School Testing Is, and Should Be, Doomed

Why High-Stakes School Testing Is, and Should Be, Doomed | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David L. Kirp, Slate

 

It’s a terrible time for advocates of market-driven reform in public education.

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Ten People Who Are Changing Education Today--And Will Be Ten Years From Now

Ten People Who Are Changing Education Today--And Will Be Ten Years From Now | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sara Mead, Education Week

 

For the last two years, I've published a series of profiles of young education leaders who are helping to transform education today and are likely to have an even greater impact in the coming years.

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There's No Place Like Home...But, I Moved!

There's No Place Like Home...But, I Moved! | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

When you relocate it generally takes two years before your new city feels like home. With some effort you can shorten that time, but you cannot get the time below one year. One year is the minimum, sorry.

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School database loses backers as parents balk over privacy

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by Stephanie Simon, Reuters

 

A $100 million database set up to store extensive records on millions of public school students has stumbled badly since its launch this spring, with officials in several states backing away...

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Do Americans Know How Well Their State’s Schools Perform?

Do Americans Know How Well Their State’s Schools Perform? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Martin R. West, Brookings

 

Will Common Core, designed to standardize the curriculum in core academic subjects and eliminate differences in the definition of student proficiency, affect the public's perception of the quality of their state and local schools?

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Conservatives and the Common Core

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by Sol Stern and Joel Klein, Wall Street Journal

 

Although the two of us have disagreed about several school-reform issues, we strongly believe that the Common Core State Standards, voluntarily adopted by 45 states, is one of the most promising education initiatives of the past half century. If implemented properly, they can better prepare students for college-level work and to gain the civic knowledge that is essential for democracy to prosper.

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Is This the Best Education Money Can Buy?

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by Jenny Anderson, New York Times

 

At Avenues, the $85 million bet on for-profit schooling is meeting its first real test — parents.

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Unlearning Mistaken Ideas

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by Annie Murphy Paul, The Creativity Post

 

'The psychological study of misconceptions shows that all of us possess many beliefs that are flawed or flat-out wrong—and also that we cling to these fallacies with remarkable tenacity'.

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