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Are We Really Getting Smarter?

Are We Really Getting Smarter? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by James Flynn, Wall Street Journal

 

Have you heard of the "Flynn Effect?"  Hear about it from Flynn himself. 

 

"Americans' IQ scores have risen steadily over the past century. James R. Flynn examines why."

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Who Owns the Public Schools?

Who Owns the Public Schools? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch's Blog

 

When the issue of the “parent trigger” first arose, my first question was why the parents of a school should be given the power to “seize control” and give the school to a private corporation? Should the tenants of a public housing project have the same power to privatize their building? How about the patrons of a public library? The riders on a public bus?

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The Effects of “Reform”

The Effects of “Reform” | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Will Richardson, Diane Ravitch's Blog

 

"But here might be the most troubling piece: according to most of the folks I talked to, parents, by and large, just want the scores. Policy makers and corporate reformers have done a great job of convincing the public that the tests tell all, that if a school gets a “D” by some formula that didn’t exist a year ago, that means the kids in that school aren’t learning much. And if their kids don’t do well on the tests, it’s their teacher’s fault"

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Opt Out Movement Gains Steam

Opt Out Movement Gains Steam | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by John Marcus, Harvard Education Letter

 

Many things are fueling this, in addition to student anxiety and adult anger over an evident emphasis on teaching to the tests.

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Who Is Victimizing Chicago’s Kids?

Who Is Victimizing Chicago’s Kids? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joanne Barkan, Dissent

 

Yes, schoolchildren in Chicago are victims, but not of their teachers. They are victims of a nationwide education “reform” movement geared to undermine teachers’ unions and shift public resources into...

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Increase Your Linguistic Wealth with Word Market

Increase Your Linguistic Wealth with Word Market | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Belen Gache

 

[Hilarious!]

 

"Word Market (WM) is an Internet portal dedicated to buying and selling words, using a unique currency, the ‘Wollar’. In times of increasing privatization of public spaces and the profusion of copyright laws, WM allows you to own, trade and profit from words as their value fluctuates. WM offers you attractive discounts and promotions. Don't hold back! Increase your linguistic wealth. Become the owner of your words! And most importantly, prevent others from using them!"

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Strategies for Parents: Using Tech as Consequence

Strategies for Parents: Using Tech as Consequence | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Beth Blecheman, Mashable

 

Strategies for parents for using tech as punishment with kids...

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Bringing up the iKid generation

Bringing up the iKid generation | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune

 

If Michael Lev ine had his way, we'd consult a "tech pyramid," the same way we look to a food pyramid to balance our occasional treats with the truly wholesome stuff.

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A Book Cover in Time: The Changing Art of Our Childhood Reads

A Book Cover in Time: The Changing Art of Our Childhood Reads | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Jen Doll, The Atlantic

 

That old aphorism, "You can't judge a book by its cover," it turns out, is completely and totally untrue.

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Reading, Math and Grit

Reading, Math and Grit | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joe Nocera, New York Times

 

Character matters as much as schoolwork, or maybe even more. And new initiatives are showing how it can be taught.

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Split in Democrat Ranks Over Education?

Split in Democrat Ranks Over Education? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by M Catharine Evans, American Thinker

 

The decision to show the movie, Won't Back Down, at the Democratic Convention was so controversial it went all the way to the higher ups in the Obama administration.  Who allowed the showing?

 

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Dems Divided By Movie Slamming Key Supporters

Dems Divided By Movie Slamming Key Supporters | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jon Ward, Huff Post

 

WASHINGTON -- The most controversial thing to happen at the Democratic National Convention this week may end up being a movie screening. On Monday afternoon, a Hollywood film called "Won't Back Down" -- which opens in theaters nationwide on Sept.

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Five Questions for Michelle Rhee

Five Questions for Michelle Rhee | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael Shear, New York Times

 

[4 min video]  Michelle A. Rhee was at the Republican Convention and is now at the Democrat Convention.  She talks about the overlaps on education policy in the parties.

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Where is the Best Place to Invest $102,000 -- In Stocks, Bonds, or a College Degree?

Where is the Best Place to Invest $102,000 -- In Stocks, Bonds, or a College Degree? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Brookings Institute

 

s college a worthwhile investment?  Hamilton Project director Michael Greenstone and policy director Adam Looney compare the value of a college degree to other investment options and find higher education provides, by far, the greatest rate of...

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How AP Courses Will Change, More Thinking, Less Memorizing

How AP Courses Will Change, More Thinking, Less Memorizing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Christopher Gearson, US News

 

How new education standards will affect the way regular and AP courses are taught...

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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. His national curriculum standards and pending overhaul of the SAT have reignited a thorny national debate over how much we should expect from students and schools, and how much is out of their control.

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Common standards ≠ National Curriculum

Common standards ≠ National Curriculum | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Chester Finn, Thomas Fordham Institute

 

What Dana Goldstein misses in her profile of David Coleman...

 

[Rebuttal to "The Schoolmaster" by Dana Goldstein]

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The Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: What happens when Profits drive Reform?

The Dialogue with the Gates Foundation:  What happens when Profits drive Reform? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anthony Cody, Education Week

 

This is the last exchange in this formal dialogue with the Gates Foundation. The tension uncovered by this dialogue reveals a disconnect between the work of the Gates Foundation and many of us who have spent our lives working in schools.

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Gates Foundation's Response to Teacher, Anthony Cody, on the Role of the Marketplace in Education

Gates Foundation's Response to Teacher, Anthony Cody, on the Role of the Marketplace in Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stacy Childress, Irvin Scott, Impatient Optmists (Gates Foundation Blog)

 

We target our resources here and abroad where we believe we can have the greatest impact: vaccines that save children from serious illness and death, more increased agricultural productivity that allow families to feed themselves and earn a living,...

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Does Listening to Music While Working Make You Less Productive?

Does Listening to Music While Working Make You Less Productive? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Time

 

Music can lift your mood and give you a relaxed focus, but it decreases your performance on cognitively demanding tasks...

 

[Does your tween/teen listen to music while doing homework?  Get informed on the current science.]

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In California, Public School Parents Stage a Coup

In California, Public School Parents Stage a Coup | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Caroline Winter, Businessweek

 

Moms in the Mojave Desert town of Adelanto are trying to take over an elementary school with the help of some deep-pocketed friends.

 

[Tells the story of how California's Parent Trigger Law has played out since the law was passed in 2010.]

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Public Charter School Movement Makes It 2 Decades Amid Criticism And Success

Public Charter School Movement Makes It 2 Decades Amid Criticism And Success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Huffington Post

 

Twenty years ago today, the first public charter school, City Academy High School, opened in St. Paul, Minn. Now, more than two million -- or 4.2 percent of -- students in 41 states and D.C.

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How Michelle Rhee Is Taking Over the Democratic Party

How Michelle Rhee Is Taking Over the Democratic Party | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Molly Ball, The Atlantic

 

In a major shift, education reformers are now influential at the highest levels of the party once dominated by the teachers unions.

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John Dewey’s Vision of Learning as Freedom

John Dewey’s Vision of Learning as Freedom | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael S Roth, New York Times

 

The call for a more narrowly tailored education — especially for Americans with limited economic prospects — is not new.

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MOOC Brigade: Will Massive, Open Online Courses Revolutionize Higher Education?

MOOC Brigade: Will Massive, Open Online Courses Revolutionize Higher Education? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Kayla Webley, Time

 

MOOC may be a silly-sounding acronym, but this new breed of online classes is shaking up the higher education world in ways that could be good for cash-strapped students and terrible for cash-strapped colleges.

 

[If you've not heard about MOOCs, it's time to get the scoop]

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