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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

edited by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The big article this week tells of the surprising power of expectations--a topic PCM introduced with Carol Dweck’s research on Incremental Intelligence. ● Younger kids are moving off Facebook. What new social tech interests them now? ● Time’s writer, Amanda Ripley, released a new book, The Smartest Kids in the World. It’s worth knowing about....

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The Architect of School Reform Who Turned Against It

The Architect of School Reform Who Turned Against It | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Mosle, The Atlantic

 

Diane Ravitch's second revolution. The survival of the school-reform movement, as it’s known to champions and detractors alike, is no longer assured. 

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Latest article on PCM Top 10 Influencer, Diane Ravitch. If you put Bill Gates on one side of the influence scale, who do you put on the other side, for balance? Try this septuagenarian, Diane Ravitch, with heavy weight scholarship and tactics.

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Latest article on PCM Top 10 Influencer, Diane Ravitch. If you put Bill Gates on on side of the influence scale, who do you put on the other side, for balance? A septuagenarian, Diane Ravitch, with heavy weight scholarship and tactics.
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How We Learn

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by the Editors of Scientific American

 

Insights from psychology can make us better readers, writers and thinkers

 

When we pack our children off to school, we envision them embarking on a lifelong career of learning. Yet one thing they typically never study is the art of studying itself. Our intuitions, it turns out, do not always map to reality

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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 NYC school officials released, for the first time, test scores tied to the new, more rigorous, common core standards. Parents were warned for months to expect a drop in their kids’ scores because the new tests were much harder.

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A $147 Million Signal of Faith in Atlanta’s Public Schools

A $147 Million Signal of Faith in Atlanta’s Public Schools | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kim Severson, New York Times

 

A new high school, notable for both its beauty and its cost, opens this week in Atlanta, in a school district still recovering from a cheating scandal.

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This new high school in Atlanta, built in an old IBM office building, looks fantastic!

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Best Education Blogs For Parents

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by Larry Ferlazzo, Engaging Parents in School

 

10 Amazing Education Blogs for Parents is a helpful post from Ed Tech Review that I learned about fromStarr Sackstein.

 

I think they missed a few important ones, though, so I decided to make my own list. Let me know if you think I’m missing some:

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Yay! Parent Cortical Mass is on the list.

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In South Korea, 47% of eighth graders are ranked 'advanced.' In U.S.: 7%

In South Korea, 47% of eighth graders are ranked 'advanced.' In U.S.: 7% | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Amanda Ripley, Wall Street Journal

 

South Korea's students rank among the best in the world, and its top teachers can make a fortune. Can the U.S. learn from this academic superpower?

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Woah!

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An Astonishing Act of Statistical Chutzpah in the Indiana Schools’ Grade-Changing Scandal

An Astonishing Act of Statistical Chutzpah in the Indiana Schools’ Grade-Changing Scandal | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jordan Ellenberg, Slate

 

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett resigned Thursday amid claims that, in his former position as superintendent of public instruction in Indiana, he manipulated the state’s system for evaluating school performance.

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Why Kids' Bedtimes Matter So Much

Why Kids' Bedtimes Matter So Much | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Parents have all heard, and personally experienced, how critical a good night's sleep is for their children.

Via Deborah McNelis, M.Ed
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Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

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by Jonathan Wai, Mind/Shift

 

Though spatial skills -- the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects -- are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don't always include these important skills.

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Report documents how higher education exacerbates racial inequities | Inside Higher Ed

Report documents how higher education exacerbates racial inequities | Inside Higher Ed | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed


If higher education in the United States ever fulfilled that role, it is doing so less and less, not more, as time


"But it surprised even the lead researcher, Anthony Carnevale, a grizzled expert on educational access and equity, to find that the situation steadily worsened from 1994 to 2009 -- even, importantly, when comparing minority and white students with similar academic and socioeconomic backgrounds."

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I would not have guessed this to be true. Good to know.

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Kindergarten coders can program before they can read

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by Michael Reilly, NewScientist

 

Going back to school to meet the 4-year-olds who are learning to program computers thanks to a new graphics-based coding language

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

About Scratch, Jr. coming soon.

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Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders

Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week

Researchers in Montgomery County, Md., have identified warning signals, such as poor grades or a high number of absences, that can flag students as early as 1st grade who are likely to drop out later.

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There are 3, and they are rather obvious, but there it is, backed by data.  The three: chronic absenteeism, severe disciplinary infractions, and reading or mathematics failures.

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Why we can’t all get along over school reform

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by Larry Ferlazzo, Washington Post

 

In democratic public life, what significant change has ever come without friction?

 

"I have a suggestion for those who are calling for less tension in the name of helping children: The best thing you can do for those kids is to organize more people to create more tension so that those who are presently unwilling to come to the negotiating table feel compelled by public pressure to do so."

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The Mystery: An Excerpt from Amanda Ripley's New Book, "The Smartest Kids in the World"

The Mystery: An Excerpt from Amanda Ripley's New Book, "The Smartest Kids in the World" | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

"For most of my career at Time and other magazines, I worked hard to avoid education stories. If my editors asked me to write about schools or tests, I countered with an idea about terrorism, plane crashes, or a pandemic flu. That usually worked.I didn’t say so out loud, but education stories seemed, well, kind of soft. The articles tended to be headlined in chalkboard font and festooned with pencil doodles. They were brimming with good intentions but not much evidence. The people quoted were mostly adults; the kids just turned up in the photos, smiling and silent."

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Patricia Marx: Workouts at the Brain Gym

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by Patricia Marx, The New Yorker

 

As recently as a few decades ago, most biologists thought that the brain was fully formed during childhood and was doomed to degrade thereafter.

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This article covers attention, working memory, mental processing speed, the prefrontal cortex, and plasticity, all in a way that not only improves your understanding of the brain, but makes you giggle, too. Entertaining.

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Do you know your Ask.fm from your SnapChat? 10 social networks every parent should know about

Do you know your Ask.fm from your SnapChat? 10 social networks every parent should know about | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Mic Wright, Mirror

 

The ones you should know about before they become the next big thing or worse - the next big scandal

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Why the Common Core Became a Political Football

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by Rick Hess, Education Week

 

The wheels on the Common Core bus have developed a visible rattle of late. Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Utah have withdrawn from assessment consortia.

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core

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by Michael McShane, The American (AEI Online Magazine)

 

The Common Core has the potential to be a positive force in education, but parents must be vigilant.

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Hand Gestures Could Make Kids Smarter

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Using hand gestures may be important for more than just making a point; they could help children to learn.

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Parents need to do their homework

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by Leanne Jansen, iol

 

It’s a schlepp and often a fight that ends in tears, but parents who check their children’s homework every day are making a difference in their young ones’ education, research by the Human Sciences Research Council has found.

But the research also found that nearly half of parents were not making the effort – and it showed on pupils’ report cards.

 

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Stay Informed! Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning & Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Two big stories this week. The first was all over the web. MIT scientists have figured out how to implant memories, in mice. It’s like Inception! The second story developed rapidly.

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The Trouble With Economists

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by Rick Hess, Education Next

 

Some of my best friends are education economists. That’s right. Economists have added a whole lot to the education discourse in the past decade. They’ve shed light on dubious assumptions and frequently brought a healthy rigor, one that was too often missing in the ’80s and ’90s.

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Clearly-stated summary of the problems with economists in education.  Only three bullet points.

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School Born of California Parent-Trigger Law Opens Its Doors

School Born of California Parent-Trigger Law Opens Its Doors | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sean Cavanagh, Education Week

 

The Desert Trails Preparatory Academy, in Adelanto, Calif., was created after a petition drive by parents and major political and legal fight.

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We've scooped many articles on the "parent trigger" including stories about this particular school, which endured a formidable and fractious process. The story continues here.

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