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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Africa: The Case for a Global Fund for Science Education

AllAfrica.com – Fanuel Muindi

“In today’s global economy, a workforce trained in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is recognised as a primary driver of growth…What’s missing is a unified global mechanism for STEM education. Creating a Global STEM Fund would help support and implement effective and innovative STEM programmes in developing countries.”(more)

Arne Duncan Vows Push on Range of Education Priorities

Education Week – Michele McNeil

“In the waning years of the Obama administration, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sees several important and difficult priorities ahead of him…Chief among them: the transition to new standards and tests, the debut of new teacher evaluations tied to test scores, and the costly drive to expand preschool.”(more)

Coming up with explanations helps children develop cause-and-effect thinking skills

Medical Xpress – Jessica Sinn

“Asking children to come up with explanations—even to themselves—enhances their cause-and-effect learning abilities, according to new psychology research…”(more)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Exactly Is ‘High-Quality’ Preschool?

NPR – Claudio Sanchez

“But just what is quality preschool? It’s difficult to debate the merits of early childhood education, and to argue that every child — indeed, the nation as a whole — will benefit from better access to preschool, without first defining what exactly constitutes a “high quality” model.”(more)

Early childhood education matters

The Reformer – Chloe Learey

“Why is early childhood such an important time of life? Studies show that a child’s earliest experiences determine how well that child will succeed in school and how healthy and productive they will be as adults. That’s because 90 percent of the brain’s foundation for all future learning and social-emotional development is built in the first five years of life.”(more)

Federal education official says technology, early learning can unlock a child’s potential

The Deseret News – Benjamin Wood

“A child’s preschool years are critical for learning, a federal education official said Tuesday, and, while missed opportunities can be made up later, it takes twice the effort and the cost.”(more)

The Lure of Forbidden Food

The New York Times – Tara Parker-Pope

“Children who are highly motivated by food — researchers have called them “reactive eaters” — are of particular interest to childhood health experts. Were they born this way? Or do parents create reactive eaters by imposing too many food rules and imposing restrictive eating practices at home?”(more)

Mother’s Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Linked To Toddler’s Risk Of Cavities (STUDY)

The Huffington Post – Will Boggs, MD

“Women’s low vitamin D levels during pregnancy are linked to a higher risk of cavities in the teeth of their toddlers, according to a new study done in Canada.”(more)

Guest: What do you mean by ‘STEM’?

The Seattle Times – Glenn Hampson

“It’s been about 20 years since the term STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) was first introduced by the National Science Foundation. The original goal was to consolidate and promote the concerns of various interest groups all seeking better technical education and literacy.”(more)

Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning

Mind Shift – Jordan Shapiro

“Think about popular games, old and new: Pac-Man, Mario Brothers, Space Invaders, Minecraft. Even very small kids can learn to play really complex games. Kids play for hours until they master the game, until they discover the patterns. They talk about it with their friends. They share tips. They share tricks. They learn together.”(more)