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What Makes Private and Independent Schools Special?

Newsweek – Staff Writer

“To learn is to expand your viewpoint, to gain knowledge and to inspire success within yourself and in others around you. It is the greatest and most valuable activity you can pursue. And the same goes for your children. A quality education is the soundest investment you can offer them. Locating the right school to bring out the best in them, one that fosters their ambitions and sets them on the path to delivering their goals, is the most important assistance you can ever provide as a parent. Like all parents, you want your child to achieve academic excellence while at the same time grow as a person of sound moral fiber who appreciates the right values. When it comes to cultivating a fully-rounded individual, one who loves to learn and who wants to succeed – your first consideration should be a private education. The caliber of private and independent schools in the United States is second to none. High School aged children require just the right mix of pastoral care, guidelines and discipline, and the opportunities to develop their potential… then reach it.”(more)

What makes Bill Gates feel stupid: Microsoft billionaire reveals regret at never having learnt a foreign language

The Daily Mail – Myriah Towner

“The world’s richest man might seem to have it all, but Bill Gates has one regret. The self-made billionaire said he felt stupid for not knowing any foreign languages. Speaking in his third Ask Me Anything question-and-answer session for online forum Reddit, the Microsoft founder revealed that he wished he spoke French, Arabic or Chinese.”(more)

Girls Get Good Grades But Still Need Help. As For Boys … SOS!

NPR – Linda Poon

“A new study shows that when it comes to the classroom, girls rule. They outperform boys in math, science and reading in 70 percent of the 70-plus countries and regions surveyed by the Organization for Economic Development Cooperation and Development. Girls do better even in countries that rank low on U.N.’s gender equality index and that tend to discriminate against women politically, economically and socially — like Qatar, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. “What we find is that throughout the world boys are lagging in overall achievement,” says psychologist David Geary at University of Missouri-Columbia, who coauthored the study. He adds that while there are several efforts to promote education for girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, boys have largely been overlooked.”(more)

Students Should Retain Their Bilingual Heritage for Its Economic Value

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Callahan

“Every spring in America, white, middle-class parents value bilingualism enough to line up in the early morning hours to sign up their children for a spot in next fall’s dual-language kindergarten. This is great because as a nation, we celebrate bilingualism, right? Well, sort of. Just not for those kids who already speak another language at home. Teachers frequently emphasize the importance of English above all else when they speak with immigrant parents. Even worse, many nonnative English-speaking parents are told not to speak to their children in the language they know best, depriving them of their richest source of social, emotional and linguistic support. The reality is that these parents who sign up their kids for dual-language kindergarten are onto something. They recognize what many teachers, principals and policymakers do not: Knowing two or more languages puts you at an advantage.”(more)

Bullying: anyone different can be a target

The Telegraph – Jenny Hulme

” Katherine Long can’t remember the actual moment when her wonder in her son’s ability and love of learning turned into a worry. Or when she started losing confidence in herself and her parenting, and faced every school meeting trying to hold it together, to stop the tears, when she sat down to discuss “how Josh was doing”. Josh was seven when he moved from a local primary school, where he had been happy but frustrated, into a carefully chosen school that promised small classes and the chance to thrive, says Katherine, a doctor from Sussex. “Josh had always been so articulate – he was reading by the age of three, conversing with adults like a child more than twice his age,” she says. “It was like he couldn’t switch his brain off. We could see he was longing to go a bit faster, learn a bit more. But after a year at the new school he seemed unsettled and was talking about boys hurting and taunting him.” When Katherine shared her concerns with Josh’s teachers, they treated her reports as Josh’s problem rather than the school’s, saying they saw no evidence of bullying in class and calling on her to challenge Josh’s “idiosyncrasies”, suggesting he was triggering problems by “always putting his hand up” or by being “oversensitive” to normal playground banter.”(more)