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What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School

KQED News Mind/Shift – Linda Flanagan

“Though sought after, ethics classes are largely absent from schools. Also, teachers’ freedom to migrate into wide-ranging conversations that might veer into ethics have been curbed by standardized testing and curriculum requirements. This is despite research that shows teenagers’ ability to make ethical decisions—to see problems from multiple view points, and to consider the potential harm to others that a decision can cause—is underdeveloped. In the most recent survey of teenage ethics done by the Josephson Institute, for example, just 49% percent of the 23,000 teenagers surveyed reported never cheating on a test in school. A 2014 analysis by the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard University found that a majority of teenagers value happiness and personal success more than concern for others.” (more)

Reading with toddlers reduces harsh parenting, enhances child behavior

Medical X-Press – Neal Buccino

“People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, a Rutgers-led study finds. Previous studies have shown that frequent shared reading prepares children for school by building language, literacy and emotional skills, but the study by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School researchers may be the first to focus on how shared reading affects parenting.” (more)

U.S. Economy Needs More Foreign Language Studies to Stay Competitive, Report Says

Education Week – Corey Mitchell

“Employers in the United States are increasingly reliant on multilingual employees to advance their goals, but many have lost business opportunities because they don’t have staff who can communicate in languages other than English, a new report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages found.” (more)

12 key components of today’s digital classroom

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Most teachers today view edtech as an essential part of an increasingly digital classroom, and a new report from Common Sense sheds light on the role these edtech tools play in teaching and learning. Today, edtech tools are ubiquitous, and the rise of personal devices and anytime, anywhere access have changed how we consume and create. The Common Sense Census: Inside the 21st-Century Classroom looks at how K-12 educators have adapted to these critical shifts in schools and society.” (more)

Common Cents: George Lucas Foundation details strategy of exploring innovation without being prescriptive

Education Dive – Roger Riddell

“Some 28 years ago, at a Marin County, California, location not so far away, the George Lucas Educational Foundation — yes, that George Lucas — set out on a mission to celebrate and encourage K-12 innovation. Co-founded by the “Star Wars” creator and film director alongside Polaris Ventures Co-Founder and Partner Emeritus Steve Arnold, then the vice president and general manager of LucasArts Games, the foundation grew from a mutual passion for education.” (more)

Science is helping kids become math masters

Science News for Students – Rachel Crowell

“Math is one four-letter word that leaves many teens anxious and sweaty. The idea of an impending math test might send shivers down their spines. Some kids avoid their homework — or at least delay starting it — because they find math so daunting. Their minds might even go blank at the sight of test questions, no matter how well they have studied. If this is you, there’s some comfort knowing that you’re not alone.” (more)

50 Years of Children Drawing Scientists

Edutopia – Youki Terada

“When boys and girls were asked to draw a scientist in a study several decades ago, the results revealed a stunning bias: 99.4 percent of the drawings depicted a male scientist. Out of 5,000 drawings collected between 1966 and 1977, only 28 were of female scientists, all of which were drawn by girls. Since then, nearly 80 studies have repeated this experiment with over 20,000 students across all grade levels, and the results of all these studies were reviewed in a meta-analysis published last year.” (more)

8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace

E-School News – Diana Fingal

“You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for a school makerspace. Like everything in ed tech, it’s not enough to have a bunch of shiny gadgets in your makerspace. You need to have the right materials to meet your goals. Vinnie Vrotny, director of technology at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, understands how tempting it is to fill a space with the latest devices. But before you do, here are eight questions you should ask to determine if you’re choosing wisely.” (more)

Take STEM lessons outside of the box with these 3 approaches

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Educators looking to engage students more deeply in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects may want to consider including humor and outside-the-box projects. That’s the findings of a survey of 1,100 U.S. high school students, conducted by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in April 2019. Students who participated took part in the MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge organized by SIAM.” (more)

Report: 5 Ways Companies Can Invest in STEM Education

T.H.E. Journal – Dian Schaffhauser

“A company that runs a STEM network has encouraged its corporate and philanthropic clients to invest in high school and college programs to ensure a steady pipeline of STEM-ready workers. In a recent report, STEMconnector outlined various ways to invest in STEM education, and also proposed a framework to help define and measure such programs’ impact.” (more)