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Why some migrant school students do better than their local peers (they're not 'just smarter')

Why some migrant school students do better than their local peers (they're not 'just smarter') | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Students from the Philippines, China and India consistently achieve better results at school than their Australian-born counterparts. This is due to a number of factors, including parents' values.

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Analysis | What’s behind the student suicides sweeping Hong Kong

Analysis | What’s behind the student suicides sweeping Hong Kong | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Is the education system really to blame?

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A word of warning for our test oriented schools?  -Lon

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How Can 21st Century Students Learn In 19th Century Schools?

How Can 21st Century Students Learn In 19th Century Schools? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

The children of Australia are today's students and tomorrow's employees. And while each generation has passed through the student lifestage, Generation Z are the only ones to have done so in the 21st century. They can be defined as being post-linear, post-literate, and post-logical.


Via Peter Mellow
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Is the new needs of education the writer describes credible, or missing something vital? -Lon

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Education: A fine balance

Education: A fine balance | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Carl Rogers championed student centred learning, while John Dewey emphasised the importance of learner participation. Seymour Papert strongly believed that the best learning takes place when learners take charge. The Progressive Education movement holds that education is not something that should be imposed upon students, but instead should be a conscious consensual process with which each learner is actively engaged. Education is not done to us. Education is something we do. Education is at its strongest when we are at the centre of the process, and can exercise our choices about what happens.


Via Miloš Bajčetić
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Doesn't it seem that currently our public education system is a mish-mash of these two philosophies that are often incompatible? -Lon

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Education vs. Edutainment

Education vs. Edutainment | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
If we are to take children seriously, and not just apply the model of edutainment to education, it will be with a realignment of the ways in which we think about learning itself.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

How many agree with the author's sketch of the history of modern education?  To me, my reaction is that the attempt to make education entertaining had the result of squeezing content out of it resulting in children bored with calorie free education in our schools.  ??? -Lon 

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Gino Bondi's curator insight, November 13, 2015 8:20 AM

Great post about validating (through listening) the voices of our children - with a focus on Maria Montessori and her work

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How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead

How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Who is calculating the damage being done to the young people forced to watch as their homes are trashed and their dogs are shot during SWAT team raids? What are we to tell our nation's children about the role of police in their lives?

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

I think if we add up the negative consequences from our various "wars" (war on poverty, war on drugs, along with our various foreign wars) and fear and anger regarding authority abused, we would be astounded. -Lon

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Some colleges were left out of Obama’s new College Scorecard - The Washington Post

Some colleges were left out of Obama’s new College Scorecard - The Washington Post | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Critics complain that some conservative colleges -- those that decline federal financial aid and its reporting requirements -- were left off a federal Web site comparing colleges.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

The case for taking everything from Washington DC with a grain of salt seems to be growing. -Lon

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What makes a public school public? Washington state court finds charter schools unconstitutional.

What makes a public school public? Washington state court finds charter schools unconstitutional. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Ruling highlights long-running debate about elected representatives’ lack of control over charter schools.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

The debate continues as the country try to figure out how to make the current 100 year old public school model do what it was supposed to do. -Lon

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The Drug Education Teens Really Need

The Drug Education Teens Really Need | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
In working with teens, we have to be nuanced in our thinking, open to different approaches and aware of broader social realities. But students are approached as though all drug use is the same and as though we don't each have a story of our own to tell.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Generalities are always miscommunication.  We are talking about unique young people here, not some nonexistent average -Lon

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Teenage girls' mental health overlooked by parents, survey finds

Teenage girls' mental health overlooked by parents, survey finds | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Parents worrying about drug and alcohol abuse by daughters than more prevalent issues such as cyberbullying, self-harming and finding a job

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

In other words, listen to what your teen is saying, and to do that you have to convince them they are open to listening instead of presenting packaged problems/solutions. -Lon

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Is Technology Hurting Our Kids?

Is Technology Hurting Our Kids? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The promise of increased student achievement through the use of technology hasn't really produced any significant results in the past 20 years. And, even more troubling, studies show that increased screen time is harmful to children's social and physical development.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Makes sense.  The problem isn't necessarily total screen time, but a heavy use of screen time for entertainment instead of learning. -Lon

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How Denver Is Trying To Dismantle The School-To-Prison Pipeline

How Denver Is Trying To Dismantle The School-To-Prison Pipeline | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
In middle school, Jhovani Becerra witnessed his classmates get suspended for small infractions like mouthing off to teachers or violating the school dress code. The student from Denver, Colorado, thou

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

More and more people are beginning to realize that zero tolerance is only punishment inviting resistance.  They seem to be really on to something, but not understanding very well yet the best way to make it work. -Lon

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When an orderly classroom is counterproductive

When an orderly classroom is counterproductive | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
What's the real purpose of classroom management?

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

In my years in the classroom, it became obvious there is a difference in types of classroom noise.  There is productive noise, and destructive noise, and a good teacher could tell the difference.  Unfortunately, schools that emphasized quiet under the mistaken idea that the room has to be quiet for learning to occur, would crack down on productive noise, squelching real learning and making school boring - one of the worst things that can happen to a teen. -Lon

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 Schools reward students who consistently do what they are told and Life rewards people who shake things up! via Business Insider

 Schools reward students who consistently do what they are told and Life rewards people who shake things up! via Business Insider | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Eric Barker highlights research that finds that following rules and doing well in school don't predict success later in life.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Maybe this is why students in wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding schools are often there - they can't do wht they are told which is the pattern of success in mainstream education. -Lon

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nukem777's curator insight, November 27, 2017 7:29 AM
And there's the rub, as someone once said :)
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Why Do Schools Stifle Kids' Movement?

Why Do Schools Stifle Kids' Movement? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Children acquire knowledge by acting and then reflecting on their experiences, but such opportunities are increasingly rare in school.

Via Peter Mellow
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good question.  Kids need movement, and more and more studies are finding that academics with movement (experiential learning) results in better school accomplishment. -Lon

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Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Watching Recess Go to Pieces | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"So," I ask casually at a school meeting, "Will the kids be getting recess back next year?"

"Please God, NO!" says one of the principals at my son's junior high, "We're very happy with no recess i...

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Are we beginning to emphasize seeing our kids as "minds" and ignoring the needs of their muscles and bodies? -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, January 22, 2016 12:29 PM

Being against recess seems to ignore the increasing rates of ADHD and kids being diagnosed due to sitting in a classroom all day.  A great number of the students that come to Penrith Farms have an ADHD diagnosis.  Reading this article, the principals seem to think that the negative behavior isn't happening, it is just not happening at school.  That in my mind is to just say, its not their problem.

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What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure

What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The drive to perfection has made children risk averse for fear of failure. Parents and teachers can work together to give kids more autonomy and opportunities

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, December 10, 2015 5:03 PM

Some freeing thoughts with practical tips.

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Where Did Colleges Go Wrong? | Psychology Today

Where Did Colleges Go Wrong? | Psychology Today | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
'Puppy days' and trigger warnings exemplify how colleges are increasingly in the business of infantilizing students rather than developing them.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Funny - our parents and grandparents knew more about childhood needs than we, with all our scientific knowledge seem to. -Lon

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What the increasingly oppressive climate in many schools is doing to kids - opinion

What the increasingly oppressive climate in many schools is doing to kids - opinion | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
When did it become both accepted and routine to address 5 years olds (and 6 and 7 year olds) with barking orders instead of kind, encouraging words?

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

She might have something.  Studies show that the typical 1st grader is excited about school and curious about the world, while the most common result in research that the brightest students are "bored" and have little enthusiasm about school.  Another example-many students after high school graduation never read for pleasure. -Lon

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Is the digital learning revolution a waste of money? | New Scientist

Is the digital learning revolution a waste of money? | New Scientist | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Computer devices are routinely hailed as transformative learning aids but the claims are crumbling, says neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer

Via Julie Tardy, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Miloš Bajčetić
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Maybe computers in the classroom are just the latest attempt to bypass teachers, something that doesn't make sense because in a very real sense, the teacher is the lesson. -Lon

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Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
'This is kindergarten. We force children to take tests that their brains cannot grasp. We ignore research that proves that children who are 5-6 learn best experientially. We rob them of precious free play that teaches them how to be good citizens, good friends and good thinkers.'

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

SCARY.  The fear this writer talks about, come to think of it, is probably similar to what is experienced at all school levels when they are faced with constant testing.  What are we doing to our children?  And, how is this proper raising of our young people? -Lon

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Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change.

Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- In a state proud of its reputation for "hang 'em high" Texas justice, closing the school-to-prison pipeline has long seemed next to impossible. For years, Texas prosecuted more kids for missing

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I am 16 and the education system is destroying my health

I am 16 and the education system is destroying my health | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The pressure put on today’s young people is immense. All we are learning is that our best isn’t good enough and that one bad test makes you a failure

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

I hear from a lot of young people they don't want to grow up.  Think this might be part of the reason?  -Lon

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Band class helps teens learn how to learn - Futurity

Band class helps teens learn how to learn - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Schools should reconsider cutting music programs when budgets are tight. Band class teaches kids to play an instrument, but they learn other skills, too.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Another call for benefits of music education.  It almost seems like an education without music training of some sort is a less effective education. -Lon

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New users say iPhones hinder learning

New users say iPhones hinder learning | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Before getting a smartphone, college students thought the devices would improve their homework, test-taking, and grades. They were disappointed.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This just makes intuitive sense, based on my personal experience and observations of smart phone use. -Lon

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