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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requiring millions of students to spend days answering standardized questions in math and reading, as mandated by an outdated federal law.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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The Rising Cost of Not Going to College

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Pew Research

 

For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today’s young adults—members of the so-called Millennial generation—provide a compelling answer.

 

On virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment—from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time—young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.

 

And when today’s young adults are compared with previous generations, the disparity in economic outcomes between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater in the modern era.

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5 Common Mistakes Your Brain Makes Every Day

5 Common Mistakes Your Brain Makes Every Day | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Our brains are pretty amazing, but they can make a lot of mistakes that we are not even aware of. Sometimes these may have negative long-term consequences, but often they just mean a moment of misu...

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David McGavock's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:23 AM

Some basic ways we misjudge situations and people. Good to remember as we go through day-day.

Karen Bowden's curator insight, February 10, 2014 10:23 AM

1. We trust our memories, even though they are often wrong.

2. We let our expectations decide what we're experiencing.

3. We feel losses more strongly than gains - which can lead to poor decision making.

4. We are highly prone to stereotyping people, even when we consciously try not to.

5. We are not great at predicting odds and probabilities, but we don't realize it.

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Are New York’s New Diploma Options the Future of the Common Core?

Are New York’s New Diploma Options the Future of the Common Core? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Allison Hertog, Education Week

 

No need to worry about soccer moms. They generally have the resources to lawyer-up and tutor-up and the political power to demand more from their schools. As a former special education teacher and an attorney representing parents of struggling learners, I’m in schools nearly every day of the week in one of the largest school districts in the country, Miami. Here, the Common Core is being piloted in grades K through 2 and it’s crystal clear that many kids – not just disadvantaged students (English Language Learners, low-income kids, students with disabilities), but also just kids with low average abilities, will not meet these standards anytime soon.

 

You might think that as an advocate for struggling learners, I would oppose these new tough standards, but I am a supporter. Why? 

 
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Bill Gates masters D.C. — and the world

Bill Gates masters D.C. — and the world | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Simon, Erin Mershon, Politico

 

Bill Gates did not make a good impression the first time he testified on Capitol Hill. It was 1998 and the Senate Judiciary Committee was looking into antitrust allegations against Microsoft. Gates evaded the questions. He rambled. He made sure everyone knew he was not interested in playing the political game. But Gates soon realized that approach...

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Preschool Push Moving Ahead in Many States

Preschool Push Moving Ahead in Many States | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Richard Perex-Pena and Motoko Rich, NYT

 

Once a mostly Democratic cause, government-funded preschool has been embraced by both parties outside Washington, with Republican governors pushing some of the biggest increases in preschool spending.

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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

 

In the President’s State of the Union address last week, he mentioned “parents” 9 times (compared to 0 in 2013) and “education” 8 times (compared to 3 last year.) Thankfully these topics are more on his mind. ● Articles this week illuminate 4 of our Top 10 Learning Concepts--language dancing, the 10,000 Hour Rule, fixed vs. growth mindsets, and background knowledge. ● In Jessica Lahey’s article, read about E.D. Hirsch Jr.'s research so you understand how and why cultural literacy morphed into the common core standards...

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How Do We Help Children Identify as Readers?

How Do We Help Children Identify as Readers? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anne Cunningham, PhD and Jamie Zibulsky, Phd, Psychology Today

 

Think of reading as a social, rather than solitary, activity.

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Making Teachers Guides to the World

Making Teachers Guides to the World | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Robert Pondiscio, Education Week

 

...why have 4th grade math scores dramatically improved, but reading scores have flatlined, given that —at least at the elementary level—the same teachers are responsible for each?"

 

The answer is obvious.  Math standards, curriculum, and assessments tend to be quite closely aligned.  There's far less mystery about "what to teach" in 4th grade math than "what to read" in 4th grade reading. A 4th grade teacher will spend six weeks on fractions knowing fractions will be on the state test.  The same teacher can immerse her students in Charlotte's Web, A Bridge to Terabithia, and Bud, Not Buddy, and other wonderful books, but the reading test will have passages about Japanese tea ceremonies or the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team.


 "My reading ability in astronomy is limited by my lack of knowledge of astronomy, not my lack of reading skill."  

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Worthwhile article telling about background information, teacher effectiveness, and E.D. Hirsch

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To Read Dickens, It Helps to Know French History and the Bible

To Read Dickens, It Helps to Know French History and the Bible | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic

 

The value of teaching cultural literacy

 

Readers of The Hunger Games would benefit from understanding Greek and Roman mythology

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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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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

 

This week the Olympics capture our attention and provide a perfect opportunity to read articles about the brain science of talent vs. practice, and performing vs. choking. ● After last week’s State of the Union, Pre-K is now the hot topic in our education policies list. More than ever, learning science has uncovered the consequences of “exposure gaps” in early childhood. Even the President is talking about the word gap.

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How To Use Your Memory The Way Actors Do

How To Use Your Memory The Way Actors Do | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, The Creativity Post

 

When it comes to memorization, professional actors can claim bragging rights. They must reproduce their scripts exactly—no improvising allowed—night after night, under blinding lights, in front of a demanding audience. How do they do it?

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Can Cognitive Training Make You Smarter?: Interview with Author Dan Hurley

Can Cognitive Training Make You Smarter?: Interview with Author Dan Hurley | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American

 

Dan Hurley is one of my favorite science journalists. Not only does he write about issues that interest me, but he doesn't sacrifice the nuance, or ...

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Athletes Are More Likely to Finish High School Than Non-Athletes

Athletes Are More Likely to Finish High School Than Non-Athletes | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eleanor Barkhorn, The Atlantic

 

Why? It probably doesn't have anything to do with sports.

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The Unintended Dark Side of Testing Kids

The Unintended Dark Side of Testing Kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jody Brannon, National Journal

 

Roundup: Rep. George Miller, a force behind the No Child Left Behind legislation, says he never anticipated the landmark education law would ignite a testing obsession.

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Educating high and low achievers in the same classroom

Educating high and low achievers in the same classroom | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael Petrilli, Education Next

 

The greatest challenge facing America’s schools today isn’t the budget crisis, or standardized testing, or “teacher quality.” It’s the enormous variation in the academic level of students coming into any given classroom. How we  as a country handle this challenge says a lot about our values and priorities, for good and ill.

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What’s in a name? Trouble, if it’s Common Core

What’s in a name? Trouble, if it’s Common Core | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post

 

Amid growing controversy over new education standards, some states are rebranding.

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Rep George Miller called "No Child Left Behind" the "worst brand in America."  Is the same thing happening to "common core"?

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Baby-Talking Adults Boost Infant Word Production

Baby-Talking Adults Boost Infant Word Production | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Allie Wilkinson, Scientific American

 

The more parents engage in one-on-one baby talk with their infants, the more words the child produced at age two. 

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