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Dismantling Public Accountability & Transparency in the Name of Accountability & Transparency?

Dismantling Public Accountability & Transparency in the Name of Accountability & Transparency? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Bruce Baker, School Finance 101 Blog

 

Now, I’m not one who goes all in for the lingo of “corporate reform” or one who perceives “privatization” or “market” mechanisms to be inherently evil and contrary to the public good. However, I am someone who believes we should consider carefully the multitude of tradeoffs involved in shifting between publicness and privateness in the governance and provision of schooling.

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If you think tables are a great way to explain issues, this op-ed has 3 of them--on charters, vouchers, and the parent trigger.  You will gain cortical mass...

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How useful are manipulatives in mathematics?

How useful are manipulatives in mathematics? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How much help is provided to a teacher and student by the use of  manipulatives--that is, concrete objects meant to help illustrate a mathematical idea? My sense is that most teachers and parents...
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TOP 10 Children's Book Awards that Parents Need to Know

TOP 10 Children's Book Awards that Parents Need to Know | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Of the numerous awards granted each year for the best children and young adult books, these 10 are among the most distinguished. PCM will provide information throughout the year as each award winner is announced.

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Daily Exercise 'Significantly Improves Pupils' Test Scores'

Daily Exercise 'Significantly Improves Pupils' Test Scores' | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph

 

Schoolchildren should spend at least an hour a day doing “vigorous” physical exercise to boost their exam results and cut obesity rates, a leading academic said yesterday.


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Sally DeCost's curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:46 PM

I keep reading about studies that prove the importance of physical exercise.

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Can We Be Hard-Headed About Preschool? A Look at Universal and Targeted Pre-K

Can We Be Hard-Headed About Preschool? A Look at Universal and Targeted Pre-K | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
In his second installment on early childhood education, Russ Whitehurst discusses whether or not universal or targeted pre-K programs have substantial benefits for the children who participate in them.
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Texas House eliminates funding for standardized testing

Texas House eliminates funding for standardized testing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Valarie Strauss, Washington Post

 

The revolt against standardized testing in Texas has taken a new twist: The Texas House has put forth a draft 2014-15 budget that zeroes out all funding for statewide standardized assessment. By way of explanation, Speaker Joe Straus said, “To parents and educators concerned about excessive testing, the Texas House has heard you.”

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New Reading Standards Aim To Prep Kids For College — But At What Cost?

New Reading Standards Aim To Prep Kids For College — But At What Cost? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Staff at All Things Considered, NPR

 

Almost the entire country has signed onto the Common Core Standards Initiative. The standards incorporate more nonfiction texts across all subjects to improve reading scores.

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A clear and simple arrticle that explains the controversy around the fiction/non-fiction ratios of reading requirements in the Common Core English language standards.  

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Pisa Envy

Pisa Envy | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by The Economist

 

PARENTS pore over them. Teachers protest about them. Politicians preen when they are positive—and blame their predecessors if they are not. International league...

 

Research comparing educational achievement between countries is growing. Drawing conclusions from it is harder
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High School Grad Rate Hits Record High

High School Grad Rate Hits Record High | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

More U.S. high school students than ever are graduating on time, according to new information released by the research arm of the U.S. Education Department.

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Kiplinger's 10 Best Public College Values

Kiplinger's 10 Best Public College Values | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Susannah Snider, Kiplinger

 

We rank based on measures of academic quality and affordability. These ten schools are the cream of the crop of that...

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How We'll Learn in 2013

How We'll Learn in 2013 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Getting Smart

 

Here are three big stories concerning education and learning that you'll be hearing about in the year ahead—and some pointers on how to think about them.

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Will Longer School Year Help Or Hurt US Students?

Will Longer School Year Help Or Hurt US Students? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Associated Press

 

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically.

 

"Whether educators have more time to enrich instruction or students have more time to learn how to play an instrument and write computer code, adding meaningful in-school hours is a critical investment that better prepares children to be successful in the 21st century," he said in December when five states announced they would add at least 300 hours to the academic calendar in some schools beginning this year.

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Why Teachers Secretly Hate Grading Papers

Why Teachers Secretly Hate Grading Papers | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by John Tierney, The Atlantic

 

For many, it's the most stressful part of the job -- partly because it's so hard to be fair.

 

"How can any teacher be confident that his or her assessment of student work is always fair and accurate in the face of such vagaries? An essay that earns a B+ at one moment might earn a B- the next day. It shouldn't be that way, but any honest teacher will admit it's true."

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Are you are a parent who has never been a teacher? The information divulged in this article could make you a more emphathetic, and thus smarter, parent. 

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Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule

Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Catherine Gewertz, Education Week

 

Teachers' understanding varies over how to balance fiction and nonfiction to meet the English/language arts standards.

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More about the fiction/ nonfiction ratio in Common Core English Language Standards.

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Caldecott, Newbery Medal Winners Announced

Caldecott, Newbery Medal Winners Announced | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter

 

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards identify and celebrate outstanding materials, including books and videos, which are meant for children and teens.

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Find out who won the 'best book of the year' awards for the Newbury, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and the Pura Belpré--all awards on PCM's Top 10 Children's Book Awards.

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Why Charter schools, Homeschooling and Online Learning Help US Education

Why Charter schools, Homeschooling and Online Learning Help US Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Michael Moroney, The Hill

Approximately 1.5 million children are homeschooled, saving taxpayers between $4 and $10 billion in instructional costs annually. 

 

Charter schools have become an extremely popular with more than 2 million students attending approximately 5,600 charter schools around the country.

 

Want the best of both worlds? Online learning is customizable. Students in neighborhoods that would never have had access to AP courses or foreign languages are now given these options through a virtual education.

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Mental Health Issues Common But Youths Lack Treatment

Mental Health Issues Common But Youths Lack Treatment | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Nirvi Shah, Eduation Week

 

Over the last few weeks, mental health treatment has been in the spotlight following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

 

Although about 1 in 5 adolescents has a mental health disorder, 60 percent to 90 percent of them don't ask for or receive treatment, a new brief from the Child Trends says. 

 

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A Boston Review Forum on Early Childhood Education and Promoting Social Mobility with James J. Heckman

A Boston Review Forum on Early Childhood Education and Promoting Social Mobility with James J. Heckman | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Since 1975, an award-winning forum for political, cultural and literary ideas.
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Public Pre-K is expensive.  So one of the big questions in education policy asks whether the US government should support Pre-K education more, or less, than it does now.  Research supports both positions.    

 

This forum is kicked off with an article by James Heckman, a Nobel laureate and one of the world's top economists.  His research on the value of preschool for children in poverty is the most important study in this debate.  To be informed on this topic, the first thing you do is read Heckman.  He's a genius.

 

Because of Heckman's prominance, the responders are also prominant.  Carol Dweck, who's concept of Incremental Intelligence is a PCM Top 10 Learning Concept, is also the author of Mindset, a PCM Top 10 Book for Parents, responds.  Geofry Canada, a PCM Top 10 Influencer, responds.  And Annete Lareau, a top expert on the impacts of parenting sytles, also tells her thoughts. 

 

Reading these 4 articles will put you in the 99 percentile of parents informed on the topic.

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Dartmouth Stops Credits for Excelling on A.P. Test

Dartmouth Stops Credits for Excelling on A.P. Test | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin, NYT

 

Dartmouth is concerned that Advanced Placement courses are not as rigorous as college courses.

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Of more than 100 students who had scored a 5 on the A.P. Psyc exam, 90 percent failed the Dartmouth Psyc 1 final test. The other 10 percent were given Dartmouth credit.

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If Dartmouth is doing this, expect more colleges and universities to do the same...

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'STEAM' Education Gains Momentum in Schools

'STEAM' Education Gains Momentum in Schools | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Laura Devaney, eSchool News

 

For years, educators have been told about the importance of STEM education in ensuring the nation’s competitiveness in a global economy. Now, a new movement seeks to amend that acronym to “STEAM”—with an “A” for the arts.

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More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests

More Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ann Dornfeld, Mind/Shift

 

An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that’s required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time.

Meanwhile, individual teacher protests of standardized tests are popping up nationwide, and the Seattle case may make bigger waves.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Standardized tests don't test the learning that's set by curriculum.  Fine if those tests are infrequent, or low stakes, but NOT fine if tests are frequent and high-stakes.  The tests are like using a wrench to remove a screw...it's the wrong tool for the job.

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High School Graduation Rate Moves Up

High School Graduation Rate Moves Up | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

 

America’s high school graduation rate, which stagnated for the last three decades of the 20th century, is now climbing, according to a new, comprehensive look at the key education gauge by Harvard University economist Richard Murnane.

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10 Best Public College Values

10 Best Public College Values | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Susannah Snider, Kiplinger

 

We rank based on measures of academic quality and affordability. These ten schools are the cream of the crop of that...

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College Grads Fared Better During Recession

College Grads Fared Better During Recession | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dan Stober, Futurity

 

The economic recession has hit recent US college graduates hard. But a new study shows it hit those with less education even harder.

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This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Mgt and Budget

 

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. 

 

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Best move ever by the govt to encourage the study of STEM subjects

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