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In 2016, Democrats Have Good Reason to Run Against Obama's Education Record

In 2016, Democrats Have Good Reason to Run Against Obama's Education Record | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Conor P. Williams, New Republic

 

There’s a very real possibility that the Democratic Party is about to undergo a powerful shift on education policy. 

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If you find yourself perplexed by the Democratic Party's education policy....this explains the two edu-policy camps

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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

 

Parents, here are ten questions for you. ● (1) Why are young people leaving Facebook for Snapchat? ● (2) Who in the world would make the argument to parents that sexting isn’t so bad? ● (3) How would a smart 21 year old gamer advise parents to protect their kids in the video-gaming world? ● (4) If Dads do the dishes, what outcomes, besides a clean kitchen, result? ● (5) How do you get girls into coding?....

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What Is Education? Insights from the World's Greatest Minds

What Is Education? Insights from the World's Greatest Minds | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, physicist

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, Psychology Today

 

Our answers may provide insights that get to the heart of what matters for 21st century children and adults alike.

 

Forty thought-provoking quotes about education.

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My Favorite is, "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, physicist"
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The World as 100 People

The World as 100 People | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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Nice way to get a broad understanding of the world's key demographics

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Parents: Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

We’ve rounded the Memorial Day weekend, and so begins the shift from school time to summertime. Many articles here will help parents optimize the stream of informal learning moments ahead. Check out Jessica Lahey’s big pile of fantastic ideas. ● Do you think “young people today” are (a) the best-behaved generation ever, or (b) a bunch of mollycoddled babies? Try reading the article that contradicts your viewpoint. I know, that’s an annoying idea. But, at Parent Cortical Mass we both support and reject paradox.

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More parents going into more debt to send kids to college

More parents going into more debt to send kids to college | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

 

The most recent data on how Americans pay for college show that parents are taking on more of the debt burden for their kids. In 1999 about 13 percent of parents took out PLUS loans. The average loan amount was $19,700 in inflation-adjusted dollars. By 2011, the numbers had increased to 21 percent of parents …

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Is This Any Way to Pick a College?

Is This Any Way to Pick a College? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, NPR

 

Academic prowess, graduation rates, or the record of the football team? We rank the rankings.

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No such thing as a 'universal' intelligence test

No such thing as a 'universal' intelligence test | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by ScienceDaily

 

Scientists have studied 54 individuals -- half Spanish and half Moroccan -- to determine how IQ tests work. New research suggests that a universal test of intelligence quotient does not exist. Results in this type of test are determined to a strong degree by cultural differences.

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Data mining your children

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by Stephanie Simon, Politico

 

The NSA has nothing on the ed tech startup known as Knewton. The data analytics firm has peered into the brains of more than 4 million students across the country. By monitoring every mouse click, every keystroke, every split-second hesitation as children work through digital textbooks, Knewton is able to find out not just what individual kids know,...

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Read, Kids, Read

Read, Kids, Read | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Frank Bruni, New York Times

 

It’s not a chore. It’s a path to fulfillment that fewer are traveling.

 

...about books, I’m steady. Relentless. I’m incessantly asking my nephews and nieces what they’re reading and why they’re not reading more. I’m reliably hurling novels at them, and also at friends’ kids. I may well be responsible for 10 percent of all sales of “The Fault in Our Stars,” a teenage love story to be released as a movie next month. Never have I spent money with fewer regrets, because I believe in reading — not just in its power to transport but in its power to transform.

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Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jordan Shapiro, Mind/Shift

 

Game-based learning forces students to apply knowledge in a contextualized way, it creates an interdisciplinary learning experience where subject-specific knowledge is used in a context that requires diverse applications. The borders between disciplines become fuzzy and ambiguous.

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Test Prep Kills Learning, but Standardized Testing Is Big Money -- Guess How This One Turns Out

Test Prep Kills Learning, but Standardized Testing Is Big Money -- Guess How This One Turns Out | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ian Reifowitz, Huff Post

 

In New York state, standardized testing of students in grades 3-8 wrapped up this week, with three days of math tests. These followed three days of English Language Arts tests earlier in the month....

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Big sisters do better: New study of siblings finds eldest girls have the edge

Big sisters do better: New study of siblings finds eldest girls have the edge | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by ScienceDaily

 

"Educational disparities exist not only between families but also within families. It is interesting that we observe a distinct firstborn advantage in education even though parents in modern society are more likely to be egalitarian in treating their children."A new study has revealed that oldest children are the most ambitious, especially girls, and a wider gap between siblings increases the chances of children achieving higher levels of qualifications.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Maria Konnikova, New York Times

 

Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

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Redefining the meaning of intelligence [Video]

Redefining the meaning of intelligence [Video] | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

This is a 6 minute video interview with Scott Barry Kaufman, author of “Un-Gifted—Intelligence Redefined.” He discusses his new book and how intelligence is more than just standardized test scores. 

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Good book for parents to put on their summer reading list.

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2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. Celebrating its 48th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners and two honor books are selected in each of three …
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Parent-Trigger Report Card: How are Adelanto, Los Angeles schools doing one year later?

Parent-Trigger Report Card: How are Adelanto, Los Angeles schools doing one year later? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Beau Yarbrough, The Sun

 

Adelanto >> The sign outside the former Desert Trails Elementary School may be the same, but a year later, the insides are very different.The 2013-14 school year marked the successful implementation of California’s 2010 parent-trig

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The Parent Trigger Movement was big a couple years ago, though now it is fading.  State legislators are pushing parent-trigger bills aside now.  Here is an update on the first school that pulled the trigger.

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A Summer Camp Lesson: Good-bye, and Go Away, Thank You Very Much

A Summer Camp Lesson: Good-bye, and Go Away, Thank You Very Much | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic

 

Dropping a kid off for camp can test a parent's resolve. But standing back to let a child develop autonomy is one of the most important things a parent can do.

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Holding Kids Back Doesn't Help Them

Holding Kids Back Doesn't Help Them | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Deborah Stipek and Michael Lombardo, Ed Week

 

At a time when more states are moving to retain struggling students in lower grades, research shows that such efforts are counterproductive, Deborah Stipek and Michael Lombardo say.

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From the Dean of Stanford's Graduate School of Ed, and a social-entrepreneur-in residence at Stanford.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week is all about education. It’s also been a rough week for education reformers. First, civil rights activists filed complaints in three cities. School closings, they say, disproportionately affect African American neighborhoods. They called the policies “the new Jim Crow.” Second, new research on teacher evaluations using value-add measures was published. Researchers believe many of the measures “actually aren't very good quality” and recommend postponing

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Segregation Is Back

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by Peg Tyre, Politico

 

Handed down sixty years ago Friday, the Brown v. Board of Education decision, like the Defense of Marriage Act ruling last June, marked a tipping point in America’s evolving morality: It was no longer desirable, tolerable or legal to have the legislative apparatus of the United States promote and enforce discrimination based on race. The court’s...

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Self-Confidence Starts Early

Self-Confidence Starts Early | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Urban Child Institute


Once in place, low self-confidence becomes deep-rooted and hard to overcome. The behavior of a child with low self-esteem can set up a sequence of events that reinforce his negative beliefs about himself.


Via Deborah McNelis
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The early years MATTER

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Matt Richtel, New York Times

 

Schools are signing up to teach computer coding, which some view as a basic skill for today, and the tech industry-backed group Code.org is pushing basic coding even for the very young.

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Teaching Kids 'Grit' is All the Rage. Here's What's Wrong With It.

Teaching Kids 'Grit' is All the Rage. Here's What's Wrong With It. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, New Republic

 

The problem with the KIPP character-education model—and what it means for adherents of Paul Tough's child-rearing wisdom.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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Louis C.K. tweeted his frustration over the common core this week--to his 3 million followers. What really annoyed him was a math problem on one of the new tests. His tweets prompted a viral gumbo of worthy and plucky opinions, including an op-ed from Top Education Influencer, Diane Ravitch. ● Grown-ups know how many decisions in life are made by rock-paper-scissors. Now, we find out this can be gamed?! Don’t send your kids out into the world at a disadvantage. Practice. Who cleans the kitchen? Who gets the last cookie? This is important stuff!

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