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New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives

New Science Standards Aim to Relate Concepts to Students’ Lives | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift

 

“Students need to understand how science works, the practices and the crosscutting concepts in order to be ready to assume their roles in a scientifically complex world,” said Frank Neipold, co-chair of the Climate Education Interagency Working Group at the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Neipold has worked on the standards in many capacities and sees them as vitally important to educating the next generation to think critically about how systems work together.

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The Practical University

The Practical University | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Brooks, New York Times

 

The best part of the rise of online education is that it forces us to ask: What is a university for? Are universities mostly sorting devices to separate smart and hard-working high school students from their less-able fellows so that employers can more easily identify them? Are universities factories for the dissemination of job skills? Are universities mostly boot camps for adulthood, where young people learn how to drink moderately, fornicate meaningfully and hand things in on time?

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Accountability for Mr. Gates: The Billionaire Philanthropist Evaluation

Accountability for Mr. Gates: The Billionaire Philanthropist Evaluation | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anthony Cody, Education Week

 

Bill Gates, who is more responsible than anyone for the absurd evaluations by which teachers are now being held accountable, had the gall to write this week in a tone of exasperation about the results of his own advocacy for these very practices.

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We've scooped the Bill Gates op-ed on high stakes accountability testing. His op-ed was not well received by his opponents, who thought him insincere, or clueless, or in need of an evaluation himself.  Anthony Cody captures the sentiment of Gates opponents best in this article.

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Top Articles This Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The indictment of 35 educators in Atlanta’s testing scandal is big news this week. Should we blame the use of high-stakes testing in accountability and teacher effectiveness polices? Or, is this just a case of classic cheating?

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Do School Districts Matter?

Do School Districts Matter? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Amanda Erickson, Atlantic Cities

 

According to a new study, their quality has little effect on student performance.

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Is ADHD On The Rise – Or Just Overdiagnosed?

Is ADHD On The Rise – Or Just Overdiagnosed? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Richard Rende, Red Hot Parenting

 

The latest numbers on the rate of ADHD are extraordinary. The New York Times has reported data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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One More Time: Even Multiple Vaccines Don't Cause Autism, CDC Says

One More Time: Even Multiple Vaccines Don't Cause Autism, CDC Says | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah D. Sparks, Education News

 

In the latest installment of the overwhelming evidence against a vaccine link to autism, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a new study this morning that found that multiple vaccines administered at the same time don't cause autism, either.

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Babies Whose Efforts are Praised Become More Motivated Kids, Say Stanford Researchers

Babies Whose Efforts are Praised Become More Motivated Kids, Say Stanford Researchers | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Brooke Donald, Stanford News

 

Psychologists analyze the kind of praise mothers give their 1- to 3-year-old children and find that praising effort, not talent, leads to greater motivation and more positive attitudes toward challenges five years later.

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" 'You're great, you're amazing' – that is not helpful," Dweck said. "Because later on, when they don't get it right or don't do it perfectly, they'll think they aren't so great or amazing."

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Can "Mindfulness" Help You Focus?

Can "Mindfulness" Help You Focus? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Time

 

Being able to identify but not get rid of distracting thoughts leads to better performance

 

If there’s any time when we should be paying close attention to what we’re doing, it’s when we’re under pressure to perform — whether taking a test like the SAT or on a deadline at work. But too often, our minds wander even in these crucial moments — distracted by a ticking clock or consumed with worries about how well we’re doing or how much time we have left.

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Ask Better Questions

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by Practical Theory

 

This week, the Providence Student Union published the results of an experiment they conducted. They gave fifty successful adults a math test that was based on the sample New England Common Assessment Program. Rhode Island uses the NECAP as a high-stakes test where students must achieve at least “Partially Proficient” to graduate...

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When Do Kids Deserve A's?

When Do Kids Deserve A's? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Peg Tyre, Family Circle

 

Across the country, schools and parents are engaged in a great debate: Should kids get A's for doing their homework, being on time and all-around good behavior? Or should top marks go only to students who master the material?

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Peg Tyre won a 2012 National Award for Education Reporting for this article written last August.

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As Kids Prepare for Tests, Parents Prepare to Leave

As Kids Prepare for Tests, Parents Prepare to Leave | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jacqueline Edelberg, Huff Post

 

Here we all are, waiting on pins and needles for the CPS computer to spit out a letter informing us if our kids made it into one of Chicago's selective enrollment high schools -- about as likely as the Cubs winning the World Series.

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Is it like this in the schools in your region?

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The Professors’ Big Stage

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by Tom Friedman, New York Times

 

The MOOCs revolution will go through many growing pains, but it is here and it is real.

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How Do We Define "High Quality Preschool?

How Do We Define "High Quality Preschool? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Larry Cuban, School Reform and Classroom Practice

 

...the content and direction of preschools will be influenced by the ideological fervor of those wanting 'boot camp' instruction to prepare for school and those wanting more 'curiosity and play' rather than a brain on a stick. Thus, conflicts over what constitutes “high quality” preschools will continue even as access for toddlers expands. No panacea here.

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Need a Job? Invent It

Need a Job? Invent It | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Thomas Friedman, New York Times

 

Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.”

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Friedman can be melodramtic, but I still scoop his education op-eds. Here he talks about Tony Wagner's "Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. 

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Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers

Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Bill Gates, Washington Post

 

Evaluating educators by test scores alone isn’t the answer.

 

Exciting progress is being made in education across the country. The challenge now is to make sure we balance the urgency for change with the need to ensure fair ways to develop, evaluate and compensate teachers for the work they do.

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Great New Talk by Carol Dweck ~ Mindsets: Helping Students Fulfill Their Potential


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1 hour video of Carol Dweck's talk on Mindsets and Student Potential.  There is no substitute for hearing it straight from the horse's mouth.

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Shary Lyssy Marshall's curator insight, April 5, 2013 12:26 AM

"Psychologist Carol Dweck of Stanford University delivers the 2013 Walter N. Ridley Lecture at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. She titles her talk, “Mindsets: Helping Students Fulfill Their Potential.” She compares students with a “fixed mindset” and those with a “growth mindset,” illustrating how each type of mindset affects learning." 

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Atlanta Cheating Scandal Reignites Testing Debate

Atlanta Cheating Scandal Reignites Testing Debate | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

The largest cheating scandal in recent history is fueling critics who say that standardized tests as a way to measure achievement should be scaled back.

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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

 

An article about Carol Dweck's mindset theory, applied to talent, asks how a growth mindset can impact creative achievements. ● Does sharing family meals together have a positive effect on children? Two studies draw different conclusions. ● There's surprising news on language dancing, and the “30 million word gap” discovered by Hart and Risley more than a decade ago. In “unprecedented scope and audacity” Providence, RI plans to use the entire city to test the theory. Read how. 

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Tiger Moms, Carol Dweck, and Mindsets

Tiger Moms, Carol Dweck, and Mindsets | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Do Tiger Moms promote a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?
I asked Carol Dweck this question in the Q & A following a talk she gave at the 2013 ASCD Conference in mid-March. Here’s what she said.

 

[Illustration by Yuta Onoda]

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Raise A Reader: A Parent Guide to Reading for Ages 3-5

Raise A Reader: A Parent Guide to Reading for Ages 3-5 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Zoe Kashner, Scholastic

 

Keep your kids reading with our guide to great book lists, book-related articles, and activities for children aged 3-5.

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Top Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The conversation about women and family/work balance, started a few weeks ago with the release of Sheryl Sandberg book, Leaning In, continues. Lisa Miller's article, "The Retro Wife," fanned the flames. How will the women of these times tackle the problem? ● Learn more on executive function, letting kids fail, and the CDC report on the prevalence of autism. ● Find out when kids are ready to cross the street, and why. ● Education topics discussed this week include...

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Kids Can Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

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by Maryann Yin, GalleyCat

 

he 2013 finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been revealed. Kids can vote from March 19th to May 9th.


The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 13th.

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Week's Top Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week find four articles, covering a range of viewpoints, on the issue of privacy and large student databases. The SXSWedu Conference in Austin last week proved the topic is hot, and relevant to parents. Get informed. ● Enjoy articles this week by well-respected writers and researchers like Mimi Ito, Vaughan Bell and Alison Gopnik. 

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How Would Preschool for All Work: Is It All About Play or ABCs?

How Would Preschool for All Work: Is It All About Play or ABCs? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Bonnie Rochman, Time

 

“We’ve got it turned around,” says David Elkind, author of The Power of Play and a professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University.


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"Instead of drill and kill, kids need help developing the “soft skills” of success — persevering even when tasks are challenging, being able to focus, finding creative ways to solve problems, getting along with others, dealing with anger and frustration. These are equally important in preparing kids for the rigors of kindergarten, which now looks nothing like it did a generation ago."

 
Deborah McNelis's comment, March 9, 2013 10:42 AM
Appreciate you sharing! It is important information for people to realize about this issue isn't it!?