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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why I Encourage Failure in STEM: One Teacher’s Experience in Finding Female Leaders in STEM

The Huffington Post – Julie Rohl

“In the classroom, I see such amazing potential in my female STEM students. I watch them try, fail, learn from the failure, and repeat the process until they reap the rewards of success. As a result, curious female students quickly become confident leaders in STEM. And, considering how much we need female leaders in science, it’s not a moment too soon.” (more)

How A Good Education Can Actually Improve Poor Students’ Health

Think Progress – SAM P.K. COLLINS

“A recent study may have confirmed what public health and education advocates have long tried to argue: a positive and supportive school environment improves the health of children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ultimately increasing their academic performance.” (more)

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

Education Week – Michele Molnar

“U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.” (more)

New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012, 23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it…It is the 25th such annual report released by the foundation, which collects and analyzes a mountain of data about the well-being of America’s children…” (more)

Stem Education Matters to Our National Security, Innovation and World Leadership

The Huffington Post – Michele Nash-Hoff

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are widely regarded as critical to be competitive in the global economy. A growing shortage of science-based talent in our workplaces and universities represents a serious problem for our nation…we need to reacquaint youth with the process of designing and building products from an early age…” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels

Medical Xpress – Christine Metz Howard

“With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows.” (more)

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

Psyche Central – By RICK NAUERT PHD

“Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children.” (more)

Which states are best to grow up in? Oregon is No. 30; which is No. 1?

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“A report out Tuesday morning dings Oregon as a below-average place for children to grow up, mainly because so many parents of young children struggle to find full-time work and to pay for housing.” (more)

Editorial: It’s vital we keep STEM at top of curriculum

The News-Journal – Editorial

“When people complain about the performance of our public school systems or how U.S. students compare with those from other countries, someone often will argue that schools fail to teach the right subjects.” (more)

What You Should Really Do If You Want Your Kids to Read This Summer

The Huffington Post – Katie Hurley

“The truth is that you can’t force your kids to read. Or you can, if you want to raise kids who hate reading and avoid it at all costs. But you can inspire a love of reading. You can leave the parenting rat race behind and stop worrying about the black cloud, the summer slide, and the potential look on the teacher’s face this September and just read for fun.” (more)