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10 Big Ideas in 10 Years of Brain Science

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Scientific American Mind reflects on the major discoveries of the past decade that have transformed how we think about the brain

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New OECD Report Shows High Levels of Achievement by Canadian Students

According to the findings of the OECD report, Canadian 15-year-olds placed well above the OECD average and remain among the top performers in mathematics.


Canada also continues to stand out as one of the high-performing countries with relatively high equity in student performance, which can be measured by the gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students. This is an indicator of the relative equity of provincial education systems.


While Canadian students did well in PISA 2012, results highlight some areas for continued focus. Although overall Canadian scores in mathematics remain high, they have drifted downward over time. 

 

“We cannot be complacent in the face of a downward trend, no matter how small,” said Minister Johnson. “Through our council, ministers of education are considering data from a variety of sources and have already begun to discuss the best approaches to improving numeracy. The issues of student achievement and teaching excellence will be at the top of our agenda when CMEC meets in 2014.


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Stephen Lippa's comment, December 3, 2013 9:16 AM
Our students, parents, teachers, school principals, administrators, and education partners should all take pride in these results. Even before these latest PISA results were known, ministers had identified improving mathematics skills as a major focus for our education systems. Today’s results simply provide more evidence to support our decision to look for any and all ways to make improvements.This imposes responsibilities on more than just our education systems in preparing our children for the future. It underscores the need for collaboration and action across society to raise awareness and understanding of the importance and value of mathematics and other foundational skills. http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/were-on-it-education-ministers-respond-to-math-results/article15726710/?service=mobile&cmpid=rss1
Stephen Lippa's comment, December 3, 2013 9:23 AM
Find the full report here: http://cmec.ca/Publications/Lists/Publications/Attachments/318/PISA2012_CanadianReport_EN_Web.pdf
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Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled.
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Learning to Be Wrong

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"we continue to view the primary mandate of the public education system as being to teach kids to read, write and do math -- which is what most parents still want, even if many educational theorists seem not to -- standardized tests remain one of the best tools we have to figure out how things are going. Are they a perfect picture of the education kids are receiving? No. But do they highlight important trends and call attention to problem areas? Yes. And math is one of those problem areas. So why the backward slide? And what can be done about it?

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