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Are teachers trying to turn creative kids into robots?

Are teachers trying to turn creative kids into robots? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham, Washington Post

 

Are teachers really trying to turn creative kids into robots by insisting on “self regulation?” What is self-regulation anyway? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at this in the following post.

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Wary of Standardized Testing, Parents are Increasingly Opting Their Kids Out of Exams

Wary of Standardized Testing, Parents are Increasingly Opting Their Kids Out of Exams | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by AP, Washington Post

 

The opt-out movement, as it is called, is small but growing. It has been brewing for several years via word of mouth and social media, especially through Facebook

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With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously

With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kenneth Chang, New York Times

 

As states adopt the new Common Core standards for math education, teachers prepare for a shift from breadth to depth, particularly in the earlier grades.

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P.E. and Recess Getting Cut? How You Can Help

P.E. and Recess Getting Cut? How You Can Help | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Erica Lue, National PTA, LearningFirst.org

 

In its resolution on recess, National PTA outlined the numerous benefits of recess and physical activity, including “greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning; better classroom behavior; increased socialization, school adjustment and overall social development; and improved physical and mental health.” In addition to these positive outcomes, establishing an active lifestyle in childhood leads children to be more active adults. Because of the benefits of physical activity and unstructured play time, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that students get at least 20 minutes of recess time every day.

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The Test of the Common Core

The Test of the Common Core | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Huffington Post

 

We should be leery of the forthcoming "core-aligned" tests -- especially those in English Language Arts that people are rightly anxious about. These tests could endanger the promise of the Common Core.

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E.D. Hirsch is one of PCM's Top 10 Influencers in Education--for his lifelong work on the need for the US to have a common core curriculum.   He's very smart, and persuassve.

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Scores on new, more difficult tests hit home for New York City parents, kids

Scores on new, more difficult tests hit home for New York City parents, kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lisa Fleisher, Wall Street Journal

 

The parents of thousands of New York City students over the past few days learned the results of their children's scores on revamped state tests.

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50 Most Popular Edu Reform Terms

50 Most Popular Edu Reform Terms | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

from The Glossary of Education Reform

 

50 Terms defined.

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Do you know about the Growth Mindset? Achivement Gap? Value-Added Measures? Stereotype Threat? Extended Learning Time? Blended Learning? Good list to bookmark!

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America’s kids need a better education law

by Sec. Arne Duncan, Washington Post

 

In crafting an update to No Child Left Behind, Congress should support states that embrace reforms.

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning & Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning & Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that back-to-school time presents an opportunity for a new start. This week, resources and tips for parents whoosh through internet parent-channels. Delve into the many high quality sources here pertinent to kids at all grade levels. ● Get informed on topics like introverts, preschooler sharing, and creativity and...

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McGraw-Hill executive on Big Data: “Don’t look at us, look at Joe Camel”

McGraw-Hill executive on Big Data: “Don’t look at us, look at Joe Camel” | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, Hechinger Report

 

“Think about what’s happening in data right now–Target knows you’re pregnant before you do, because of subtle changes in how often you buy and where you are in the store. When we finally get around to applying these statistical tools in education, it will be possible to track my understanding of algebra to the professor who taught my algebra teachers.”

 

Livingston has a point. Seventy-eight percent of teens, and 20 percent of 6-11 year olds in a separate survey, have a cell phone. According to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (which, incidentally, is part of the campaign against InBloom), private companies spend $17 billion annually marketing to children. And the FTC reported last year on data collection by mobile phone apps marketed to children, saying 60 percent of the apps they surveyed that were were transmitting information to a third party like an advertiser network, while only 20 percent disclosed anything about such transmissions to users.

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Wonder what the executives at the big education publishers have to say about keeping student education data private?  Jeff Livingston, SVP at McGraw-Hill thinks parents concerned about their kids data should look in the mirror. 

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About Those New State Exams: Questions for a Testing Expert

About Those New State Exams: Questions for a Testing Expert | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Beth Fertig, SchoolBook, WNYC

 

Daniel Koretz teaches educational measurement at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education which means he knows a thing or two about standardized tests.

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Excellent explanation of what happened with the NY common core tests, and the actual test issues involved in "raising standards."

 

Like test content is harder, the percent above the "cut" known as proportion proficient, tests from different companies, how "college and career ready" is defined.

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

edited by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The big article this week tells of the surprising power of expectations--a topic PCM introduced with Carol Dweck’s research on Incremental Intelligence. ● Younger kids are moving off Facebook. What new social tech interests them now? ● Time’s writer, Amanda Ripley, released a new book, The Smartest Kids in the World. It’s worth knowing about....

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The Architect of School Reform Who Turned Against It

The Architect of School Reform Who Turned Against It | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Mosle, The Atlantic

 

Diane Ravitch's second revolution. The survival of the school-reform movement, as it’s known to champions and detractors alike, is no longer assured. 

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Latest article on PCM Top 10 Influencer, Diane Ravitch. If you put Bill Gates on one side of the influence scale, who do you put on the other side, for balance? Try this septuagenarian, Diane Ravitch, with heavy weight scholarship and tactics.

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Parent Cortical Mass's comment, August 15, 2013 10:25 AM
Latest article on PCM Top 10 Influencer, Diane Ravitch. If you put Bill Gates on on side of the influence scale, who do you put on the other side, for balance? A septuagenarian, Diane Ravitch, with heavy weight scholarship and tactics.
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Neurological Benefits Of Practice

Neurological Benefits Of Practice | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, TeachThought

 

“Why do I have to keep practicing? I know it already!”

 

That’s the familiar wail of a child seated at the piano or in front of the multiplication table (or, for that matter, of an adult taking a tennis lesson). Cognitive science has a persuasive retort: We don’t just need to learn a task in order to perform it well; we need to overlearn it.

 

Decades of research have shown that superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery...

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When Homework is a Waste of Time

When Homework is a Waste of Time | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Time

 

Most after-school assignments are based on out-of-date and often ineffective methods

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning & Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Since it's the beginning of the school year, how about we start with a few questions? What are the scientifically-proven best methods of study? What do you think about rewarding good grades with money?

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Should parents bribe their kids for getting good grades?

Should parents bribe their kids for getting good grades? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Demetria Gallagos

 

Giving kids rewards for all A's isn't corrupting them, the Wall Street Journal columnist argues. It's motivating them.

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

It’s a bright warm day in August, and the bells are calling kids back to school. Should you let them walk? Or are they too digitally distracted to be safe? ● This week Malcolm Gladwell defends the 10,000 Hour Rule against critics who say a “sports gene” matters more than practice. ● An entertaining 6 minute PBS video speed-chats about whether Google, combined with smart phones, makes background knowledgeirrelevant. (Of course not!) ● Do we really need to worry about the global achievement gap? The release of Amanda Ripley's...

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Babies May Remember Words Heard Before Birth

Babies May Remember Words Heard Before Birth | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Randy Dotinga, Philly.com

 

Study found repeated exposure to a 'pseudoword' during late stages of pregnancy led infant's brains to react to it

 

Patricia Kuhl, a speech researcher and director of the University of Washington's NSF Science of Learning Center, praised the study. "The fact that learning from frequently presented sounds occurs while infants are still in the womb means that language learning does not begin on Day 1 at the moment of birth, but while the infant listens to sounds in utero. It's really quite amazing that the fetal brain has that capacity."

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Why I spent 10th grade online

Why I spent 10th grade online | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sophia Pink, Washington Post

 

Sophia Pink is an 11th grader at Washington International School.

 

Last year, while my classmates at Washington International School sat at their desks by day and did their homework by night, I skipped school. And not just once. I didn’t attend a single day of 10th grade.

 

In ninth grade, I was frustrated. In school, I marched to other people’s orders, leaving little time to complete projects I was really interested in. So I arranged with my parents and my school to take a year off — my own sabbatical.

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Book Review of Amanda Ripley’s ‘Smartest Kids in the World’

Book Review of Amanda Ripley’s ‘Smartest Kids in the World’ | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, New York Times

 

“If you want the American dream, go to Finland.” These blunt words from a British politician, quoted by Amanda Ripley in “The Smartest Kids in the World,” may lead readers to imagine that her book belongs to a very particular and popular genre. We love to read about how other cultures do it better (stay slim, have sex, raise children). In this case, Ripley is offering to show how other nations educate students so much more effectively than we do, and her opening pages hold out a promising suggestion of masochistic satisfaction. “American educators described Finland as a silky paradise,” she writes, “a place where all the teachers were admired and all the children beloved.”

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As It Turns Out, Most Parents Like Their Child's Teacher

As It Turns Out, Most Parents Like Their Child's Teacher | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
-- Parents across the United States have a lot of love for their children's teachers. So says a new survey of parents whose children completed kindergarten through 12th grade in the past school year.
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New poll from AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

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The Public in Public Education

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

by Steven Conn, Huff Post

 

In the end, public schools serve an important function not just for the students sitting in the classrooms. They provide an education for all of us in the importance of public institutions.

 

Here's how one orator put it to a crowd in an 1853 address: "We are made up of strange, and, as yet, unaffiliated elements ... Now what we need is some powerful and rapid process of amalgamation ... Now, the common school, more nearly than anything else, meets this very necessity. It is framed for the masses. Jews, Greeks, Pagans, Europeans, Africans, Asiatics and Americans, all meet here; and meet in childhood and youth; just when in the formation period."

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Interesting read!  Describles the ideas in the public mind during the formation of our public school system.  Contrasts that mindset with the free-market, consumer mindset of today.  

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GAO: Many Charter Schools Are Not Reporting Data on ELLs

GAO: Many Charter Schools Are Not Reporting Data on ELLs | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Katie Ash, Education Week

 

More than a third of charter schools in 2010-11 left blank fields where ELL enrollment data should have gone, a GAO report says.

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More problems with Charter School numbers...

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Why we can’t all get along over school reform

Why we can’t all get along over school reform | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo, Washington Post

 

In democratic public life, what significant change has ever come without friction?

 

"I have a suggestion for those who are calling for less tension in the name of helping children: The best thing you can do for those kids is to organize more people to create more tension so that those who are presently unwilling to come to the negotiating table feel compelled by public pressure to do so."

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