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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Creative ways to get children to exercise

South China Morning Post – James Quinlan

“Ask your children which sport or activity they enjoy, or would like to try out. Starting with a multi-sports or mini-sports class at a young age is ideal; it develops a wide variety of skills, and lets your children establish what kind of sports they like. The more traditional, competitive sports are not for all.”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Parents Should Coach Academics as Seriously as They Do Sports

The New York Times – Jennifer Arrow

“It sometimes seems that the American success ethic stops at the schoolhouse door. We encourage ambition in youth sports and entrepreneurial enterprise, but our families are often suspicious of the value of scholastic competition…Dr. Huang’s thoughtful book makes a persuasive argument that, in light of the demands of our current cutthroat global economy, American parents may do well to think of themselves as cognitive coaches for their kids. We should look at the homework spread across the dining room table playing field and say with all appropriate gusto: “Game on.””(more)

Friday, February 28, 2014

NASCAR used to help connect kids to STEM

WBALTV.com – Jennifer Franciotti

“When it comes to getting some kids interested in tough topics like science and math, it’s not always easy, but connecting it with something they like might help…Dr. Diandra Leslie Pelecky, the author of “The Physics of NASCAR,” is part of the Nifty 50 series of speakers, a group of top scientists visiting Baltimore-area schools to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”(more)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pitbull’s school: star promotes a radical idea for at-risk kids

The Washington Post – Neely Tucker

“Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, has become the promoter and spokesman of Sports Leadership and Management, or SLAM, a middle and high school devoted to an education based around the sports industry.”(more)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Inspiring Our Children to Pursue STEM Through the Olympics

The Huffington Post – Vince Bertram

“The world’s top athletes are competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia…children watch these athletes with similar dreams of achieving athletic excellence. But…the likelihood that any child will reach the pinnacle of sports is slim…So we tell our children to pursue their passions, but we should also tell them about the exciting career possibilities created by studying the STEM disciplines…STEM is the foundation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.”(more)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

La Escuela del Condado de Orange Recibe el Premio Nacional a la Excelencia Académica

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington


Los estudiantes del Condado de Orange han alcanzado un alto rendimiento académico en el programa académico K-12, modelo de alto rendimiento en los sistemas escolares internacionales.


Los EE.UU. sigue un mal desempeño con las comparaciones académicas internacionales como por ejemplo las “Tendencias Internacionales en Matemáticas y Ciencias” y el “Programa para la Evaluación Internacional de Alumnos”.


La Escuela Internacional Renascence, en el Campus del Condado de Orange ™ está trabajando rápidamente y de forma eficiente para ayudar a sus estudiantes a alcanzar un nivel académico optimo, que es común en los países donde se desempeñan estas pruebas internacionales.


La escuela utiliza un plan de estudios único y también unas técnicas especiales para enseñar el material al nivel internacional avanzado. En esta escuela, no hay pruebas de inteligencia, sin embargo, casi todos los estudiantes de esta escuela están aprendiendo a retener materiales avanzados.


Otra característica única del programa que imparte la Escuela Internacional Renascence, en el Campus del Condado de Orange ™, es maximizar el aprendizaje en el aula y reducir al mínimo la cantidad de tiempo que los estudiantes pasan con las tareas. Esta característica deja a los estudiantes con tiempo suficiente para el desarrollo de intereses extracurriculares y también el perfeccionamiento de habilidades de liderazgo.


Como resultado de sus esfuerzos, la Escuela Internacional Renascence, en el Campus del Condado de Orange ™, recibirá dos premios a la excelencia académica durante una ceremonia. La fecha de dicho evento, será el Martes 25 de Febrero del 2014 a las 4:30pm. La dirección es: 2987 Mesa Verde Drive East, Costa Mesa, California. Las fotografías y la realización de entrevistas están disponibles en chino, español e inglés.


Uno podría pensar que esta es una escuela para nerds, pero el campus cuenta con una buena posición en el ranking nacional de atletas y músicos en ciernes y actores. Además, la escuela, organiza una excursión internacional cada verano. Este año un estudiante de octavo grado usó sus conocimientos de español para ayudar con la planificación.


Es emocionante ver a niños de tres y cuatro años de edad hablando tres idiomas. Los niños de cinco años con un gran entusiasmo por aprender los conceptos básicos del álgebra. Los estudiantes de secundaria entusiasmados por explorar cómo se puede conjugar arte, ciencia y matemáticas, para llegar a soluciones creativas y así poderlas utilizar en los problemas del mundo real.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Heavy kids at slightly higher risk for sports injuries

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“Exercise can help overweight kids slim down, but a new study suggests they might be at risk for leg, ankle and foot injuries in the process.”(more)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Reporting Concussions, Head Injuries On The Rise in Massachusetts

Education News – Mirabel Shanny

“According to a recent survey in Massachusetts, an increasing number of students have suffered from concussions or head injuries while playing school sports. Awareness of such injuries has increased to avoid long term cognitive problems, but a number of students keep injuries a secret, which could lead to more serious effects.”(more)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It’s Wrong For Schools To Be Banning Balls And Games At Recess

Forbes – Arthur L. Caplan & Lee H. Igel

“First they came for phys ed. Then, they came for recess. Now, they are coming for the bats and balls. According to a CBS News report, officials at a middle school on Long Island, NY, are banning the use of certain types of sports equipment that kids usually use for playground games.”(more)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Why kids need to learn to lose

Seattle Pi – Amy Graff

“The idea is to teach kids that sports are about having fun, not only about winning (and losing). The concept is wonderfully warm and fuzzy, but many child experts are finding that this approach is doing more harm than good.”(more)