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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)

Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

The New York Times – David Leonhardt

“The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is inevitably associated with George W. Bush, who used it frequently. But whatever your politics, the idea has undeniable merit: If schools don’t expect much from their students, the students are not likely to accomplish much.” (more)

States with the costliest teacher attrition

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Teacher attrition costs the United States up to $2.2 billion a year, and states including California and Texas are among the top when it comes to financial impact.” (more)

Money-Ed

Education Next – Patrick J. Wolf

“The cost of public education is largely ignored by both the media and education policymakers. Many people think it is awkward, complicated or destroys the intrinsic and infinite worth of public education to inject hard-nosed considerations of efficiency into America’s schools.” (more)

A better way to market school lunch program: Column

USA Today – David Just and Brian Wansink

“There’s one truth emerging from the debate over the National School Lunch Program on the floor of Congress and in the lunchrooms of public schools: You can lead a child to vegetables, but you can’t make them eat.” (more)

Bill Gates On Higher Education

Forbes – Lucie Lapovsky

“Bill Gates addressed the business officers of colleges and universities Monday at the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers in Seattle. He began from the premise that “all lives have equal value” and that the United States stands for equal opportunity.” (more)