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Do Our Kids Get Off Too Easy?

Do Our Kids Get Off Too Easy? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alfie Kohn, New York Times

 

Both liberals and conservatives believe that suffering leads to success.

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How Much Should Adults Be Involved In Recess?

How Much Should Adults Be Involved In Recess? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Brilliant


I asked a few smart writers to respond to my post on yesterday’s Motherlode blog, about how much adults should intervene to structure and organize recess. Please share your own

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What Are Education Tests For, Anyway?

What Are Education Tests For, Anyway? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, NPR

 

Tests have existed throughout the history of schooling. Today they're being used more than ever before — but not necessarily as designed.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

You’ve heard about kids bullying other kids in cyberspace, but what about bullying school authorities? This week one of the nation’s leading school superintendents, Joshua Starr, posted an open letter to parents. He describe how students were seriously snarky, even threatening, to him on twitter and Facebook. After explaining the legal position...

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This Is Your Brain on Great Literature

This Is Your Brain on Great Literature | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Amir D. Aczel, Time

 

Research shows that reading rich narratives and metaphors activates areas of our brain outside of language, and frequent fiction reading is correlated with empathy.

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Code.org to help 2 million students learn to program

Apparently Code.org's successful 'Hour of Code' event in December was just a warm-up act. The Seattle-based nonprofit on Thursday is announcing the rollout of its computer-science education programs at 30 school districts around the country. Altogether they'll reach more than 2 million students – nearly 5  percent of all K-12 students in the country — starting this fall. Code.org will provide curriculum and...
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Obama, Biden Push for More Robust Job Training in High School, College - US News

Obama, Biden Push for More Robust Job Training in High School, College - US News | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Allie Bidwell, US News

 

A new skills program will make apprenticeship work transferable as college credit.

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Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Although forgetting is normal and vital to how the brain works, it sometimes happens in strange or unexplained ways.

Via Anne Leong
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Inflated Research Claims Can Harm Children

Inflated Research Claims Can Harm Children | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Psychology Today

 

In our fame-seeking and data-driven world, the most outrageous claims made by “experts,” bloggers, and researchers often gain the most media attention. That’s because they create controversy that is widely disseminated on social media. In turn, controversy builds audiences and sells publications.     

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Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress

Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel

 

Online grade book aid parents looking to help their kids keep on top of schoolwork, alerting them to problems in real time, long before a printed report card would go home. But the ability to see grades 24/7 can fuel parental hovering and student anxiety.

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Praise

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Praise | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

If you think you should always praise your child, you may be surprised to hear that research shows that praise--at least as we usually give it to children in this culture-- often backfires. 

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This is truly something every parent needs to know, and incorporate into their particular parenting philosophy, as they see fit.

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Why my family is opting out of the Common Core testing

Why my family is opting out of the Common Core testing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Karen Klein, Los Angeles Times

 

Sixteen consecutive years of the state's standardized testing are now under my belt, all of them spent covering the accountability program as a journalist, as well as having one or more of my three children filling in bubbles in public school for the annual assessments. And on the 17th year, the last spring that I have a student scheduled for testing, it's time for a rest.

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Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times

 

Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.

 

Students applying to seven or more colleges made up just 9 percent of the applicant pool in 1990, but accounted for 29 percent in 2011, according to surveys by 

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Students and Data Privacy

Students and Data Privacy | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rotenberg and Barnes, New York Times


As we see it, the problem was not misunderstanding by the public, but a lack of meaningful privacy protections.

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Brookings Scholar Explains Infamous "Common Core" Math Problem

Brookings Scholar Explains Infamous "Common Core" Math Problem | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Fred Dews, Brookings Institute

 

I asked Tom Loveless about a controversial math problem that has been making the rounds and has been attributed to the Common Core State Standards. It has been ridiculed widely, including on both Fox News and The Colbert Report. I asked whether there is any credence to it being part of the Common Core standards, or if it was a curriculum implementation problem. His nuanced answer: "It's both." 

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here's what Tom Loveless says about the "Common Core Math Problem" making its way about the web.

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What Parents Need To Know About Big Data And Student Privacy

What Parents Need To Know About Big Data And Student Privacy | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, NPR

 

States are tracking students as early as preschool. Better data could boost the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching and learning. But it can also be exposed to hackers and marketers.

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Thinking of Requesting a Specific Teacher for Your Child? Think Twice

Thinking of Requesting a Specific Teacher for Your Child? Think Twice | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, New York Times

 

A parent asks, “How hard should I push to get my daughter the teachers I think will best fit with her learning style?”

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The Surprising Upside of a Dyslexic Brain

The Surprising Upside of a Dyslexic Brain | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Time

 

What we think of as a learning disability could translate into real-life skills.

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Parents win against cloud storage of US students' private information

Parents win against cloud storage of US students' private information | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Since inBloom's rollout, privacy and security experts and parents have been aghast at schools using the technology to suck up everything from students' tax ID numbers to intimate family details - a...
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Assessment and Testing: Resources for Parents

Assessment and Testing: Resources for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Roberta Furger, edutopia

 

We've compiled a list of resources to help families understand high-stakes testing, different forms of assessment, and school achievement data.

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Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic

Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
At the Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic you will find crucial Google Tips and Tricks for conducting Online Research.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 24, 2014 8:24 PM

This is a good infographic to add to your teaching and learning environment.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, April 24, 2014 8:53 PM

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carldowse's curator insight, May 27, 2014 4:17 AM

Very useful productivity tips for teachers and learners

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IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential

IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Z. Hambrick and Christopher Chabris, Slate

 

The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving...

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week’s must-read article is by Adam Grant, author of New York Times bestseller, Give and Take. You already know how the right kind of praise develops kids’ intrinsic motivation and resilience. But Adam Grant talks about new research on how praise impacts kids’ moral development...

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Parents, You Can Test-Drive New Common Core Exams. Try It.

Parents, You Can Test-Drive New Common Core Exams. Try It. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if computer systems are ready to handle millions of students logging on to take …

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"Unprecedented" numbers opt out of state tests--what's next?

"Unprecedented" numbers opt out of state tests--what's next? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, Hechinger Report

 

Today students in New York State begin three days of state-mandated tests in English language arts.  But thousands of families across the state, from Syracuse and Buffalo to the Hudson Valley, Long Island to New York City, will sit out the tests, citing concerns with their relevance and the sense that the curriculum has been …

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