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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

Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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?

Why the Common Core? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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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Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement

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by Linda Darling-Hammond, Marc Tucker, John Jackson, Ed Week

 

The overall academic performance of U.S. students will never equal that of our toughest international competitors if we continue to focus on high-stakes tests alone, write Marc Tucker, Linda Darling-Hammond, and John Jackson.

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article from Linda Darling-Hammond

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Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

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by Eileen Pollack, New York Times

 

Hint: The answer has more to do with “The Big Bang Theory” than with longstanding theories about men’s so-called natural aptitude.

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning & Education

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by Ava Arsaga, The Parent Cortical Mass Blog

 

The buzz this week is about “parent talk,” which is #6 of PCM’s Top 10 Learning Concepts. We call it “language dancing,” the term used by the researchers who discovered the 30 million word gap.

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School: It’s way more boring than when you were there

School: It’s way more boring than when you were there | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daniel Denvir, Salon

 

New studies show that the disappearance of art, music and even recess is having a devastating effect on kids

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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

 

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data,” says Sherlock Holmes. But, is it also a mistake to gather data in ‘creepy’ ways? Parents today are on the front line in the battle over the privacy of children’s data.

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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

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

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

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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Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data

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By Natasha Singer, New York Times

 

Schools across the country are looking at new online ways to integrate and analyze information about their students. But privacy advocates remain wary.

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What, why, and where parents are challenging the privacy concerns of Big Data in education

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What is 'Language Dancing' and What Do Parents Need to Know About It?

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by Ava Arsaga, The Parent Cortical Mass Blog

 

There’s a certain way parents talk to their babies that has a profound effect on how children acquire intellectual skills. This talk is called Language Dancing.

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Why I Dislike Homework and How the Research Backs Me Up

Why I Dislike Homework and How the Research Backs Me Up | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

 

Do your students spend hours a night doing homework? Mine do. And I hate it- maybe even more than they do. Most of the time they just do it and don't complain. But I'm complaining!

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The Long-Term Effects Of Skipping Your Homework

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by Kati Lepi, Edudemic

 

Think skipping your reading homework tonight is no big deal? What about skipping all year's homework? This visualization shows what you're missing.

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worthwhile, motivating graphic

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