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Parents, Do You Know About NAEP? When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data

Parents, Do You Know About NAEP? When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

The national exam produces the most widely valued test data in the country, but that information is often put to questionable use, researchers say.

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Top Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week the House passed its version of a rewrite of NCLB, the 2002 education bill that passed Congress with huge bipartisan support. One short article here will keep you current on legislative resolutions to accountability and over-testing concerns, as well as local vs. federal control of school policy. ● Are you not quite comfortable with your child’s extroversion? Or introversion? New science around these types can help you decide if your general parenting preferences need adjustment. ● Have you heard about “ungiftedness.” Scott Barry Kaufman explains, quite humorously, the “many ways not to be ungifted.” 

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Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say

Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Plotnikoff, Stanford News

 

A study of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain.

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The Trouble With Testing Mania

The Trouble With Testing Mania | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by The Editorial Board, New York Times

 

By focusing on exams, the nation has neglected teacher training and other education reforms.

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Big move by the Times.

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Top Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Articles from T. Berry Brazleton, to Matthew Yglesias, to Vivak Wadhwa give a happy diversity to the perspectives expressed in this week's round-up.

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Top Articles This Week for Parents on Learning And Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass,

 

This week Pew Research released a report spotlighting fatherhood. Articles about fathers and the work-life balance ask, “Can they have it all?” ● Do you think your kids undergo excessive testing and wonder about opting out?

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Reviving History Instruction: What's Old Is New Again

Reviving History Instruction: What's Old Is New Again | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Out-of-school and extracurricular activities are picking up some of the demand for teaching students history.

 

"In his school, Mr. Briley said students are interested in studying history, but their families aren’t as supportive. “Parents say it’s not practical. You can’t make money at it. They all want their kids to major in engineering.” At parent meetings, he said, everyone rushes to the department chairs in math and science, leaving the history and English teachers to visit with each other. “It’s almost humorous,” he added."

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Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing!

Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing! | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing. To clarify the difference between these words, let's look at their etymology (word origins). According to the dictionary, "analyze" means to break apart into essential elements. The opposite of analyze is synthesize, or put together. "Criticize" means to evaluate or make a judgment regarding the merits or faults. The opposite of criticize in one sense would be praise, or in another sense absence of judgment. Simply looking at the two definitions, it is glaringly obvious that two different skill sets are required. So why are they often lumped together? The dictionary definition of this answer would be a stupor of thought, or the condition of not thinking.


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:04 AM

There are many types of thinking! It's extremely important to first recognize a variety, whether through Multiple Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy or another lens. Then students need opportunities to practice, practice, practice.

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning & Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week find excellent articles by Peg Tyre, Nate Silver, and David Brooks. The hot topics in education cover the English major, whether reading develops moral character, and the snowballing revolts against the common core and accountabilitytesting. ● The big concerns in our parenting section this week involve shaming, spanking, and student data breaches in Edmodo, a popular classroom software, that were exposed by a Cisco-engineer parent. Get current on recent discoveries that show it’s not just the quantity of words heard, but also the quality of the verbal environment (like parental gesturing) that influence kids’ vocabulary size. Learn how music instruction impacts reading skills, and how spatial training impacts math skills. ● Will Nerf’s super soaker remain king of the backyard? Find out so you can contribute valuable information at upcoming 4th of July BBQs.

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A First: National PTA Installs African-American Man as President

A First: National PTA Installs African-American Man as President | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Otha Thornton was installed today as National PTA President. It is the first time an African-American man has been selected to lead the organization.
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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic

 

Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.

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Parent Cortical Mass's comment, June 25, 2013 8:52 AM
You're welcome Tammy. Jessica Lahey's articles are both insightful and spicy!
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Top Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Should parents be held legally responsible for their child's bullying? A town in Wisconsin passed a law that would do so, the first of its kind in the US. ● Last week the Democrat-led Senate education committee passed a bill that re-writes NCLB. This week the Republican-led House committee did the same. Yes, they have completely different notions of the federal government’s role in US schools. ● After weeks of public pressure, Sec. of Educat

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Shockingly Similar Digital Divide Findings from 1998 and 2013

Shockingly Similar Digital Divide Findings from 1998 and 2013 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Justin Reich, Education Week

 

Two studies of student surveys from 1996 and 2011 show remarkably similar patterns of technology usage and inequalities.

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Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Why instilling admiration for hard work rather than raw talent is the key to fostering a well-adjusted mind.

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Schools Chief Works to Narrow Political Gap

Schools Chief Works to Narrow Political Gap | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Monica Langley, Wall Street Journal

 

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been more successful at bridging partisan lines than perhaps any other member of President Barack Obama's cabinet.

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National PTA’s Continued Commitment to the Core

National PTA’s Continued Commitment to the Core | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Chrystal Jones, National PTA, Learning First Alliance

 

The National PTA has made a tremendous impact on education reform in the early stages of adopting and implementing the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and is a strong partner in the CCSSI at the national level.  Recent examples of the impact at the national level include:

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Study: Worrying About Grades Keeps Students Away from STEM

Study: Worrying About Grades Keeps Students Away from STEM | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Julia Lawrence, Education News

 

Students seem to gravitate to easier majors with higher GPAs, which means they avoid the hard sciences and tough majors.

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Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development

Center for the Developing Chidl, Harvard

 

This interactive feature highlights five numbers to remember about the development of young children.


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High school test scores haven't improved for 40 years; top students stagnating

High school test scores haven't improved for 40 years; top students stagnating | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

 

Is U.S. high school a wasteland? Or are teenagers getting a better education today than they were 40 years ago? That's a puzzle offered in a release of national test scores on June 27, 2013 by the National Center of Education Statistics.

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Achievement Gap Narrows on Long-Term NAEP

Achievement Gap Narrows on Long-Term NAEP | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Erik W. Robelen, Education Week

 

The nation's 9- and 13-year-olds perform better in reading and math today than they did some 40 years ago, but that's not so for 17-year-olds.

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Why Aren't High School Kids Learning?

Why Aren't High School Kids Learning? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joy Resmotivs, Huff Post

 

Despite the popular hand-wringing over America's schools, younger students are actually performing at significantly higher levels in reading and math than they were in the 1970s, according to a new government report released Thursday.

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Actually, the Humanities Aren't in Crisis

Actually, the Humanities Aren't in Crisis | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic

 

Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were less cherished? Yes. That would be 1985.

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A Bi-Coastal, Schoolyard Brawl Officially Begins Over California's Parent Trigger Law

A Bi-Coastal, Schoolyard Brawl Officially Begins Over California's Parent Trigger Law | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly

 

The folks at Parent Revolution, the guiding force behind California's Parent Trigger law, are not going to take it...

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We Still Need Information Stored in Our Heads Not “in the Cloud” | TIME.com

We Still Need Information Stored in Our Heads Not “in the Cloud” | TIME.com | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Time

 

Computer are great for information that won't change, but a brain is better at connecting facts with other facts and acquiring layers of meaning

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The verdict on tiger-parenting? Studies point to poor mental health

The verdict on tiger-parenting? Studies point to poor mental health | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Yasmin Anwar, UC Berkeley News Center

 

Long before Amy Chua’s provocative 2011 memoir,Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, raised the bar for tough-love parenting, psychologists at UC Berkeley were studying the effects of three kinds of child-rearing: authoritarian (too hard), permissive...

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