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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Can knowing a foreign language help children when studying math?

My Fox Orlando – Kimberly Wiggins

“Would math be easier for your kids if they spoke a different language? New research suggests that could be the reason behind the international math achievement gap.” (more)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

NPR – Cory Turner

“We’ve heard the arguments, the warnings, the prescriptions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids’ entertainment screen time be limited “to less than one or two hours per day.” And for kids under 2: none at all.” (more)

Blended learning and the paradox of the experienced teacher

E-School News – Peter West

“The move to blended learning can be threatening, even for good teachers. Being aware of their possible concerns is vital for those leading change in organizations.” (more)

Understanding math is the first step to learning math

The Examiner – Richard A. Carranza

“Contrary to popular belief, there is a massive body of research that indicates math is not about memorization or learning lots of rules. There is no such thing as “math people” or “nonmath people.” (more)

North Carolina’s New Voucher Program Already Improving Lives of Students

Education News – Robert Enlow

“That all changed when the North Carolina Legislature adopted the Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2013. After the program was delayed several times, Ms. Hare’s dream finally came true. She obtained a scholarship for Christian to attend a private school this year.” (more)

Hold Students Accountable and Support Them

Education Next – Richard D. Kahlenberg

“When Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001, the then-distant date of 2014 was the point at which we would reach educational nirvana and 100 percent of American students would be proficient in math and reading.” (more)

Diplomas Must Recognize College and Career Readiness

Education Next – Sandy Kress

“States should adopt a two-tiered diploma system, in which students who have demonstrated college and career readiness receive a “diploma plus” and other graduating high-school students receive a diploma of the sort typically granted today.” (more)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction?

Mind Shift – Samara Freemark and Stephen Smith

“For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite. Researchers now believe that when people learn another language, they develop cognitive advantages that improve their attention, self-control and ability to deal with conflicting information.” (more)

Why the kids who most need arts education aren’t getting it

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Though the benefits of art education are very real (see here for a list of 10), it is one of the big, unfortunate casualties of the high-stakes testing era, with its laser focus on math and English Language Arts — especially in schools with big populations of students who live in poverty.” (more)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Learn Chinese to get a job!

Pakistan Today – Staff Writer

“Pakistan-China Institute Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said that to capture the huge job market in projects related to Pak-China Economic Corridor, Pakistani youth and varsities must obtain benefit from Online Chinese Language classes offered by Pakistan-China Institute.” (more)