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Early childhood education matters — here’s how to make it great

The Week – Dwyer Gunn

“By the time a low-income child enters kindergarten in America, they’re already woefully lagging their more advantaged peers  — 11 months behind in math and 13 months behind in reading, according to a recent report from the Center for American Progress. The figure from the CAP report — “How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?” — illustrates the gulf between both low- and high-income children and minority and white children. And those gaps only get wider as the years go on — to increasingly more significant effect. As James Heckman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist who has spent decades studying the effects of early childhood education, told the New York Times…”(more)

Financial literacy education will now be mandatory for graduation

The Palm Beach Post – Ashley McBride

“You’ve probably heard a child lament, “when am I ever going to use this?” in reference to seemingly arcane school work. Maybe you were that child. For the past two years, students in Palm Beach County have received lessons on a topic with immediate real-world application: money. This year, it’ll be mandatory for Florida high schools to include financial literacy education as a graduation requirement, but in Palm Beach County, the concept has been included in the K-12 curriculum since 2014. Aaron Standish, the financial literacy coordinator for the school district, said in an email that the goal this year is to expand the programs to incorporate more community involvement.”(more)

How the Playbook for Teens Can Help Girls Choose STEM Careers

The Industry Week – Michele Nash-Hoff

“In February 2015, the Brookings Institution released the report, “America’s Advanced Industries: What they are, where they are, and why they matter.” The authors of the report identified 50 industries that constitute the advanced industries sector, of which 35 are related to manufacturing, 12 to services and three to energy. The report states, “As of 2013, the nation’s 50 advanced industries…employed 12.3 million U.S. workers. That amounts to about 9% of total U.S. employment. And yet, even with this modest employment base, U.S. advanced industries produce $2.7 trillion in value added annually—17% of all U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).” Another benefit of these advanced industries is: “In 2013, the average advanced industries worker earned $90,000 in total compensation, nearly twice as much as the average worker outside of the sector. Over time, absolute earnings in advanced industries grew by 63% from 1975 to 2013, after adjusting for inflation.” One of the report’s recommendations for our nation’s private and public sector was: “Recharge the skills pipeline.” While everyone agrees that filling the pipeline at an early age is essential to increasing the numbers, achieving this goal has been frustrating.”(more)

12 Ways To Save On Back To School Shopping

Forbes – Janet Berry-Johnson

“The National Retail Federation estimates that American families will spend a total of $75.8 billion on back to school shopping this year. If you are lucky enough to live in a state that offers a sales tax holiday for back to school shopping, saving is a no-brainer! If you’re one of the unlucky ones (like this Arizona resident), you’ll need to get a little more creative to save on back to school shopping.”(more)

Today’s Students May Be Emotionally Unprepared

The New York Times – MARC BRACKETT

“Regardless of all the honors classes and A.P. courses they took in high school, or the science, technology and engineering classes they cram into their college curriculum, students today will not be fully prepared to compete in an increasingly global business environment. The problem — and the solution — is not intellectual. It’s emotional. American teenagers are in psychological trouble. For the first time, college students today are facing more stress than their parents, according to a recent report by the American Psychological Association.”(more)