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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

Group Calls on Companies to Safeguard Student Data | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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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New Study: SAT Scores Have No Bearing On College Success

New Study: SAT Scores Have No Bearing On College Success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eric Westervelt, Mind/Shift

 

Many students who don't ace the SAT and ACT tests apply to schools that make standardized test scores optional. A new study shows those students do just as well in college as those who submit their scores.

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"The study has a clear result: High school grades matter — a lot." 

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Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Can You Make Yourself Smarter? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dan Hurley, New York Times

 

A new memory game has revived the tantalizing notion that people can work their way to a higher I.Q.

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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

 

So many good articles this week! ● I was gob-smacked by Eleanor Barkhorn's article, “What Americans Don’t Know about Science.” (Stay calm, we have plenty company.) ● Scott Barry Kaufman’s article furnishes the facts about prodigies’ working memory, IQ, and attention to detail. It's a must-read. ● Do you have a kid in high school, or approaching? ...

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What Americans Don't Know About Science

What Americans Don't Know About Science | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eleanor Barkhorn, The Atlantic

 

On a recent survey, just 74 percent of Americans said that the Earth revolves around the sun.

 

Every two years, the National Science Foundation releases a report on the state of science in the U.S. and around the world. It includes survey data for how Americans answer basic scientific questions such as "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?" and "True or false: electrons are smaller than atoms." The results of the most recent survey, conducted in 2012 with more than 2,200 adults, have just been released.

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6 Key Findings About Going to College

6 Key Findings About Going to College | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Andrea Caumont, PewResearch

 

College-educated millennials are outperforming their less-educated peers on virtually every economic measure, and the gap between the two groups has only grown over time.

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The Need to Contribute Is a Basic Human Need

The Need to Contribute Is a Basic Human Need | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rick Ackerly, Genius in Children

 

If kids don't contribute, we must ask ourselves, what we are doing wrong?

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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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How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset?

How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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nice set of links about Carol Dweck's Mindset Theory.  Every parent needs to know what Carol Dweck discovered in her research.  

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Annie M Herbert's curator insight, February 18, 2014 9:07 AM

Want to look closer at this website...

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 2014 12:56 PM

Carol Dwek's Mindset is based on a lot of research she has done over the years. It has applications throughout higher education. 

Jaimee's curator insight, March 5, 2014 10:09 AM

So one who wants to make a change must have a positive outlook on new situations or task that they are not used to?

 

This article is about how one can gain or become a part of the group that is a growth mind set. You gain success or become a better person by following these changes. 

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Education Reform Is Where The Real Democratic Divide Is

Education Reform Is Where The Real Democratic Divide Is | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Matthew Yglesias, Slate

 

...if you want to look at a really significant ideological divide among Democrats, you should look at education.

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There are democrats who are "corporate ed reformers" and democrats who side more with the teachers union.  This is an ideological divide in the party. And it's a serious ideological divide over what kind of education is best for kids, and America.  Makes it harder for democrat parents to sort out the politics.  

 

There's a similar divide in the Republican party, too.

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Is “No Child Left Behind” An Appropriate Measure of Student Growth and Teacher Effectiveness?

Is “No Child Left Behind” An Appropriate Measure of Student Growth and Teacher Effectiveness? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joseph Palmisano, Lawstreet Media

 

A discussion of the pros and cons of the NCLB policy.

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses. 

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A fight is brewing over tests in the Common Core age

A fight is brewing over tests in the Common Core age | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post

 

Testing season begins soon in U.S. public schools, requiring millions of students to spend days answering standardized questions in math and reading, as mandated by an outdated federal law.

 

But this year is filled with tumult. Educators are questioning the purpose of testing, lawmakers in several states are pushing back against federal regulations, and a momentous standoff between California — the state with the largest number of public school students — and the Obama administration looms.

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