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The Vanishing American Professor

The Vanishing American Professor | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jay Halfond, Huff Post

 

"The only question a parent of a prospective undergraduate should ask on the college tour of rock climbing walls and residence hall dining facilities is: Who will be teaching my child?"

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Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain development, Study Finds

Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain development, Study Finds | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Alok Jha, The Guardian

 

Latest reserach presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, in New Orleans....

 

Scientists found that the more mental stimulation a child gets around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.

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Excellent clip of students responding to Carol Dweck’s “Mindsets”

Excellent clip of students responding to Carol Dweck’s “Mindsets” | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by California Acceleration Project

 

"Across the state, faculty participating in CAP’s Community of Practice are sharing a simple but powerful classroom activity: they ask students to read a short article by researcher Carol Dweck (NAIS – Brainology) and to connect the article to their own experience. In this short video, students from four California community colleges discuss the insights this caused them to have about their own learning."

 


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Experts' views about Obama and Romney on Education

Experts' views about Obama and Romney on Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

 

The following are edited excerpts from telephone interviews and email exchanges with leading education analysts, writers and researchers regarding the policies and positions of the presidential candidates. Includes diverse group such as Michelle Rhee, Jonathan Kozol, Jeanne Allen, Diane Ravitch, DFER, Rick Hess, Harold Meyerson.

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The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto

The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Brene Brown, Huff Post

 

Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting.

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5 Things Teachers Want Parents to Know

5 Things Teachers Want Parents to Know | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Carl Azuz, CNN

 

...many educators believe there’s a short in the communication lines between themselves and parents. When asked what they’d want parents to know about education, not all of the teachers we spoke to wished to be named - but they did share many common concerns from the classroom.

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The Writing Revolution

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by Peg Tyre, The Atlantic

 

In the coming months, the conversation about the importance of formal writing instruction and its place in a public-school curriculum—­the conversation that was central to changing the culture at New Dorp—will spread throughout the nation.

 

Over the next two school years, 46 states will align themselves with the Common Core State Standards. For the first time, elementary-­school students—­who today mostly learn writing by constructing personal narratives, memoirs, and small works of fiction—will be required to write informative and persuasive essays.

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Testing Aids Memory in a Variety of Ways

Testing Aids Memory in a Variety of Ways | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rick Nauert, Ph.D., Psych Central News

 

Across the country a high-stakes debate rages on the value of educational testing to measure student achievement.

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Do kids really learn from failure? Why conventional wisdom may be wrong

Do kids really learn from failure? Why conventional wisdom may be wrong | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alfie Kohn, Washington Post

 

...there’s reason to doubt the popular claim that kids have too little experience with failure. Or that more such experience would be good for them. What is clear is that the very environments that play up the importance of doing well make it even less likely that doing poorly will have any beneficial effect.

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What is the 'Parent Trigger?'

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

What is the Parent Trigger? What makes it so controversial? Here are 14 articles to help you get informed. Reference, News, Opinions.

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Know the 4 Education Buzzwords Gaining Recognition

Know the 4 Education Buzzwords Gaining Recognition | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Natalie Singer-Velush, ParentMap

 

Four new buzzwords gaining recognition in parenting and education circles are: social and emotional learning; executive function (discussed by Paul Tough in the book How Children Succeed; serve and return, studied with infant brain imaging at...

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"Won't Back Down": Why This Education Movie Matters

"Won't Back Down": Why This Education Movie Matters | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Andrew Rotherham, Time

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal's decision to star in a schmaltzy takedown of teachers unions just might move education reform into the mainstream...

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What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain?

What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, Fast Co.Exist

 

"Parents tend to think: 'If my kids are interacting with media, that they’re getting something out of it,' versus 'If they’re just watching they’re not,'" says Lisa Guernsey. "It’s a dangerous dichotomy--it’s not always true. Some passive screen media may be designed much better than some interactive media."

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3 Takeaways from the TIME Summit on Higher Education

3 Takeaways from the TIME Summit on Higher Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Kayla Webley, Time

 

Arne Duncan: “It’s time to end the blame game, where college leaders blame high schools for sending ill-prepared students, where high school principals blame the elementary schools, where elementary school principals blame the preschool programs, and preschool teachers blame the parents.”

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Romney, Obama Education Advisors Debate Role of Federal Government

Romney, Obama Education Advisors Debate Role of Federal Government | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

NEW YORK -- ...at a Monday night debate at Columbia University's Teachers College, the education advisers of both presidential candidates tried to spotlight differences. What it boils down to, both said, is the federal government's role in education.

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PCM's Top Articles of the Week

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Get familiar with the important research on IQ and “Stereotype Threat.”

 

If you want to better understand “value-added” assessment of teachers, Daniel Willingham’s 3 minute video is a perfect resource....

 

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Are New Online standardized Tests Revolutionary? Decide For Yourself.

Are New Online standardized Tests Revolutionary? Decide For Yourself. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning?

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Study: Parents More Influential Than Schools in Academic Success

Study: Parents More Influential Than Schools in Academic Success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michele Molnar, Education Week

 

Researchers compared measures of "family social capital" and "school social capital," discovering that even in schools that had low social capital, students were more likely to excel if their family social capital scores were high.  Measures of family social capital included:

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What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think?

What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham, The Atlantic

 

One thing seems certain: Just giving out more writing assignments won't do the trick.

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For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words

For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Ginia Bellafante, New York Times

 

This article talks about "Word Deficit" as well as the work of Hart and Risley and the 32 Million word gap.  E.D. Hirsch is quoted, referring to the deficit, in his debunking of Paul Tough's new book, How Children Succeed.

 

[PCM Topics, Informal Learning, Language Dancing, and Background Knowledge]

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Commuting: One of the Laws of Multiplication, Explained by Steven Strogatz

Commuting: One of the Laws of Multiplication, Explained by Steven Strogatz | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Steven Strogatz, Scientific American

 

"Every decade or so a new approach to teaching math comes along and creates fresh opportunities for parents to feel inadequate...These humbling sessions have prompted me to revisit multiplication from scratch. And it’s actually quite subtle, once you start to think about it.

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A struggling school, a bitter fight and no tidy Hollywood ending in sight

A struggling school, a bitter fight and no tidy Hollywood ending in sight | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Natasha Lindstrom Hechinger Report

 

Won't Back Down "makes it look a lot easier than it really is,” said Diaz, who started drumming up support to overhaul her local public school more than a year ago. “It definitely didn’t happen by just one mom wanting change.”...

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Rethinking What Leads to Success in Education

Rethinking What Leads to Success in Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Greg Toppo, USA Today

 

After failed education policies for decades, scientists, economists and educators looking at roles optimism, perseverance and grit play.

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The Movie Teachers' Unions Hate, but Everyone Else Should Appreciate

The Movie Teachers' Unions Hate, but Everyone Else Should Appreciate | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Chris Feliciano Arnold, The Atlantic

 

Almost 25 years after Stand and Deliver, students in our poorest schools are still more likely to end up in poverty or prison than graduate from college. Yet here we are, still relying on movies to drive the public debate about education. At least Won't Back Down redefines the problem: It's not that some neighborhoods are too rough, it's that too many neighborhoods don't have the schools they deserve.

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Diane Ravitch (Part 1) Talks School Reform and the "Testing Vampire"

Diane Ravitch (Part 1) Talks School Reform and the "Testing Vampire" | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Abby Rapoport, The American Prospect

 

In this interview (Part 1) Diane Ravtich talks about what's happening in Texas, NCLB, over-testing, Democrat and Republican positions on education, the common core, public education vs privatization, and more....

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