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For parents learning about learning and education

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The 10 Most-Viewed EdWeek Stories of 2012

The 10 Most-Viewed <i>EdWeek</i> Stories of 2012 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the Editors,

 

To give a sense of what was high on our readers' priority lists in 2012, the editors at Education Week compiled a list of our 10 most-viewed articles.

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Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science

Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Adam Dachis, LifeHacker

 

Brain games will make you smarter! The internet is making you dumber! Alcohol is killing your brain cells! The brain is a mystery we've been trying to solve for ages, and the desire to unlock its secrets has led to vast amounts of misinformation.

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What if everyone knew these notions were myths.

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It's About the Parents, Too

It's About the Parents, Too | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

You've heard it said, "It's about the children." I say, "It's about the parents."  

 

Parent Cortical Mass is a blog for parents who want to get smarter and more effective at facilitating kids' learning and education.

 

Cortical Mass Sounds Like Critical Mass, Right? The idea is that if enough parents get smarter about learning and education, we could boost educational outcomes in America.

 

Of course it's about the children, but it's got to be about the parents, too!

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The Schoolmaster

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

by Dana Goldstein, The Atlantic

 

David Coleman is an idealistic, poetry-loving, controversy-stoking Rhodes Scholar and a former McKinsey consultant who has determined, more than almost anyone else, what kids learn in American schools.

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David Coleman is the guy who developed the common core.  This well-written article will reveal his mindset, tell of the changes in the SAT test, and inform parents of the expected decline in test scores coming once the common core is fully implemented in 2014.  

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Poll: Voters Pan Most Florida Education Reform Ideas

Poll: Voters Pan Most Florida Education Reform Ideas | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Aaron Deslatte, Orlando Sentinel

 

From higher tuition for arts degrees to race-based standards, a new poll suggests Florida voters are adamantly opposed to education reforms floated by Florida policymakers that essentially treat students differently.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Are these issues playing out in your state?

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The Global Search for Education: When Little Children Die

The Global Search for Education:  When Little Children Die | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by CM Rubin, Huff Post

 

Interview with Dr. Brian Fallow,


"Grief will affect all. The trauma of losing a young child never goes away and the grief may be quite protracted, but healing occurs over time. 

 

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School Absences Translate to Lower Test Scores, Study Says

by Sarah Sparks, Education Week

 

Missing even a few days of school seems to make a difference in whether 8th graders perform at the top of their game, according to a new analysis of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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The Unequal State of America: An interview with U.S. education chief Arne Duncan

The Unequal State of America: An interview with U.S. education chief Arne Duncan | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of secretary, spoke with Reuters about education's role in income inequality.
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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
This week 3 reports got parents' attention. To get familiar with the 2011 TIMSS and PIRLS results, tests given to students in 45 countries in reading, math and science, read these 3 articles with different takes on the outcomes. Get prepared for the question: how can Santa deliver presents to all the kids in the world in one night?
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No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would You Send Your Kids Here?

No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would You Send Your Kids Here? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by Emily Chertoff, The Atlantic

Democratic schooling may be the most radical experiment in education of the past 100 years.
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What Makes Us intelligent? And Does Google and Wickipedia Make It Better or Worse?

What Makes Us intelligent? And Does Google and Wickipedia Make It Better or Worse? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by Tom Stafford, BBC

… and does Google and Wikipedia make it better or worse? Studies show that other people and tools influence our brain power as much as our own minds.
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Apple CEO Says Education System Fails to Produce Enough Skilled Workers

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes the U.S. education system is failing to produce enough people with the skills needed for modern manufacturing processes.
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U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average

U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by Erik W. Robelen, Education Week

But American 4th and 8th graders are still in the shadow of peers in high-performing East Asian nations on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.
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Scores on the 20122 TIMSS released 12/11/12

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6 Big Developments in Education in 2012

6 Big Developments in Education in 2012 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Julie Heath, PolicyMic

 

From the rise of ed tech to innovative financial aid tools, 2012 was a good year for the improvement of education in America. Here are 6 important developments.

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Literature and Nonfiction: Common-Core Advocates Strike Back

by Catherine Gewertz, Education Week

 

A particular slice of the common standards in English/language arts has become pretty flammable lately: the rise of nonfiction reading. The standards' expectation that students read more informational text has sparked fear—some would say misinterpretation—that great works of literature will be displaced from classroom instruction

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Parents: Top Articles on Sandy Hook

Parents: Top Articles on Sandy Hook | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

With wide-ranging coverage of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Parent Cortical Mass decided to produce this top articles post to help parents keep informed on the emerging topics.

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

For parents, the tragedy at Sandy Hook disturbed us to the core. It wrung out of us honest public discussion over the divisive issues of gun control, mental illness, and video game violence. Did you hear the President’s address at Newtown?

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Research Debunks the ‘IQ myth’

Research Debunks the ‘IQ myth’ | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The monkey ladder cognitive test (credit: Adam Hampshire et al./Western University) After conducting the largest online intelligence study on record, with
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Worth knowing...

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Learning New Lessons

Learning New Lessons | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by The Economist

 

Online courses are transforming higher education, creating new opportunities for the best and huge problems for the rest.

 

"TOP-QUALITY teaching, stringent admissions criteria and impressive qualifications allow the world’s best universities to charge mega-fees: over $50,000 for a year..."

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Overview of what's happening in higher ed.  Even parents of young children would benefit by having this information rolling around in their heads...

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The Great Class Divide, as Seen in the Toy Aisle

The Great Class Divide, as Seen in the Toy Aisle | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ginia Bellafante, New York Times

 

Parents who can afford to shop only at mass-market retailers won’t find the kinds of playthings, like games of logic or sequence, that can help their children advance.

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Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by Nikhil Goyal, Mind/Shift

Call it "The Triumph of Nerds." Poll statisticians have risen to rock star status. One of the most famous is New York Times’ wunderkind Nate Silver — or as Jon Stewart put it, “Lord and god of the algorithm.”
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Despite gains, U.S. students lag behind Asian peers in TIMSS International Test

Despite gains, U.S. students lag behind Asian peers in TIMSS  International Test | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report

East Asian countries continued their dominance in international test results released Tuesday. The United States scored better than the majority of countries in all subjects, but failed to crack the top 10 in most subjects. Singapore was at or near the top of the pack in all the tests, while Finland slipped slightly from its performance on a different group of assessments given in 2010.
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E.D. Hirsch: Vocabulary Declines, With Unspeakable Results

E.D. Hirsch: Vocabulary Declines, With Unspeakable Results | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by E.D. Hirsch, Wall Street Journal

E.D. Hirsch Jr. writes that the first step to fighting income inequality is to do a better job of teaching kids to read.

The federal government reported this month that students' vocabulary scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have seen no significant change since 2009. On average, students don't know the words they need to flourish as learners, earners or citizens.
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E.D. Hirsch is one of PCM's Top 10 Influencers
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Classes a la carte: States test a new school model

by Stephanie Simon, (Reuters) -

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has a problem with schools.They're too confining, he says. They trap kids in chairs, in classrooms, in the narrow bounds of an established
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Time's Top 10 Parenting Trends

Time's Top 10 Parenting Trends | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by Bonnie Rochman, Time

In 55 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad of the past 12 months...
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