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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pupils returning to traditional subjects, says exam board chief

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“The resurgence of pupils taking traditional subjects such as geography and science is being driven by young people becoming “much clearer” about what they want to do with their lives, according to the head of the UK’s largest examinations board.” (more)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Heroes in war against dummy math

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“heir study revealed a surprising correlation between high school course selection and college attendance for black and Hispanic students. More than 80 percent of those who took algebra and geometry in high school attended college, eliminating the usual gap between those minorities and whites.”(more)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Children need more geography field trips, says Michael Palin

The London Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Schools should place a renewed focus on traditional geography field trips to stop pupils being trapped behind computer screens in the classroom, Michael Palin has warned.” (more)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

International exposure critical for success

News Herald – Juliann Talkington

Juliann

Technology allows us to instantly connect with people all over the planet. We can chat, share images, design products and form alliances without travel. In addition, technology has made many processes more efficient, eliminating tasks that were once handled by people.

To remain competitive, companies have been forced to adapt, phasing out products that are no longer necessary and funneling money into new technologies. These changes mean millions of traditional jobs have been or will be eliminated.

With this shift, companies have been struggling to adapt to their new global workforce. People in different parts of the world still deal with unique problems associated with climate, natural phenomena, topography and resources. As a result, they have special job expectations and needs.

Many US schools have been slow to adapt. Not only are they still training young people for jobs that technology has eliminated, but they have failed to understand the importance of foreign language proficiency, cultural exposure and geography.

Given the state of the economy and the cost of travel, getting kids international exposure seems difficult. Fortunately, it is possible to provide children with strong preparation for the “new workplace” without leaving town.

First, encourage your child to study geography. Not only does this subject help students place countries in a global perspective, but also helps them understand how cultures take shape.

Expose your child to a foreign language. Foreign language programs vary in structure and outcome. Any exposure is a positive. However, language immersion programs, where more than 50% of the instruction is in the foreign language, provide the most cognitive benefit, create an environment where students learn to speak the foreign language without an accent and develop a strong appreciation for the nuances of the culture.

Take your child to foreign music, fine arts and theatrical events. The arts are a wonderful way to bring children a glimpse of what life is like in the other parts of the world.

Make history a priority. According to the American Historical Association, “history offers a storehouse of information about how people and societies behave.”

Consider hosting a foreign exchange student. These temporary family members provide an international experience without the expense of moving or traveling overseas.

Finally, demand excellence in math and science. Most jobs will require strong math skills and an appreciation of technology.

If you are resourceful, there are many ways to give your child an international advantage without leaving home.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Are we there yet? Travel games for the road

GreatSchools – GreatSchools Staff

“When you’re traveling great distances with children, it can be tough to keep the peace in the backseat. Prevent whining and boredom by packing a bag of toys and activities for the road. Here are games you can play wherever you’re stuck – in the car, on the bus or up in the air!” (more)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

History and Geography to Get the Common Core Treatment

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“The Common Core has announced that it will be developing curriculum maps for history and geography.(more)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Among AP Courses, Geography and Environment Are Hot

Education Week – Erik W. Robelen

“Across more than 30 topics covered in the Advanced Placement program, participation in geography is rising faster than any other. It’s joined by AP courses like Chinese, environmental science, psychology, and world history that have been gaining ground most rapidly in recent years.”(more)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Progress Report on Geography

The New York Times- Timothy Williams

“The good news is that students did not do all that poorly: Fifty-six percent of high school seniors knew, for instance, that glaciation formed the Great Lakes. The bad news is that students have not shown much improvement from previous exams and that only about one in four fourth graders was able to identify all seven continents correctly.” (more)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Which is bigger: California or Los Angeles? Most fourth graders aren’t sure.

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Few US students demonstrate mastery of geography, despite some small gains for fourth-graders and some gaps between white and minority students narrowing slightly.” (more)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Panama City Renaissance School hosts Open House and Explore the School Day

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington

Don’t miss the Open House on Tuesday, February 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm or the Explore the School Day on Thursday, February 3 from 9:00 am to noon. Come learn about the nationally recognized preschool, elementary school and middle school programs. Don’t miss these opportunities to tour the campus, participate in classes, ask questions and visit with parents, teachers and administrative staff. For more information call 215-8712 or visit us on the web at rschoolint.org.