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?....
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.
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 …
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.
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,...
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.
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.
"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.
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 …
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.
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
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...
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.
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!