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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)

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

The Huffington Post – Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

“Research clearly demonstrates that integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom is good for both students and the adults who work with them.” (more)

How to teach … space and the solar system

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“Space exploration is always reaching new heights, with missions to Mars and plans to land a probe on a comet after a 10-year journey through the solar system currently under way.” (more)

Common Core, a good idea gone bad?

CNN – Ruben Navarette

“You might think the word “common” describes the shared success that we’d like students to have. If you take underperforming schools and less-demanding curricula in some states and raise them to a level where they compare to higher-performing schools in states with more demanding curriculum, you give students a “common” experience. For the disadvantaged, this is a good thing.” (more)

Your Baby’s Brain, Part 1: Nurture Is As Important As Nature

The Huffington Post – Dr. Gail Cross

“Do you remember the exact moment you held your baby for the first time? I bet that you do. Most of us mothers can remember that moment as if it were yesterday.” (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)

Report: Today’s Families Vastly Different from 20, 50 Years Ago

Education News – Grace Smith

“Do families of today look anything like families of 50 or even 20 years ago? According to Today’s Catholic News, they do not. Now, with blended and extended families, divorce, remarriage, cohabitation, worldwide migration, economic turmoil and war, the old model of mother, father, and children is getting harder to find.” (more)

Ending Teacher Tenure Would Have Little Impact on its Own

Education Next – Matthew M. Chingos

“Tenure for public school teachers is increasingly under attack, with the Vergara v. California judge ruling in June that “both students and teachers are unfairly, unnecessarily and for no legally cognizable reason…disadvantaged by the current Permanent Employment Statute.” Last year, North Carolina legislators voted to phase out tenure, although that law was later blocked by a state judge. In 2011, Florida legislators ended tenure for new teachers beginning this year.” (more)

U.S. Treasury doesn’t see student loans leading to meltdown

Reuters – Staff Writer

“The Obama administration on Monday said the country’s giant load of student loan debt would not lead to a “meltdown” but warned that too many Americans were being held back by their college borrowing.” (more)

California community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees

Reuters – Sharon Bernstein

“California’s two-year colleges would be able to offer baccalaureate degrees under a law signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who also rejected extra funding for the state’s strapped university systems.” (more)