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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here Are the Crucial Job Skills Employers Are Really Looking For

Time – Rachel Burstein

“‘Soft skills’ like professionalism and oral communication rank among the most valued, regardless of education level.” (more)

Got Kids in Grade School? Start Their Financial Education Now!

The Huffington Post – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

“When kids first learn about addition, it can be very eye-opening. Numbers aren’t just squiggles on a page, they have real meaning! So why not use this ‘ah-ha’ moment to give your kids a chance to do some practical addition and subtraction?.” (more)

Most Parents Like Their Child’s Education, But Not The Common Core, Poll Shows

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Even as American students continue to post underwhelming results on international exams, most parents are pleased with the education their child is receiving.” (more)

The Dangers Of Heavy Backpacks — And How Kids Can Wear Them Safely

The Huffington Post – Jessica Samakow

“Between studying, homework and extracurricular activities, going back to school may make kids feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. And sometimes, they literally do. After you pile a lunch, school supplies, binders and textbooks — which typically weigh 3.5 lbs each — into your child’s backpack, the load he or she is lugging around could be huge … and potentially dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 14,000 children are treated for backpack-related injuries every year.” (more)

Why is Competency- Education So Hard to Study?

Education Next – Julia Freeland

“A few research pitfalls seem to be creeping into the still nascent world of K-12 competency-based education: first, the challenge of moving from discussing high-level theory to describing precisely competency-based practices. And second, going from identifying specific practices to designing sufficiently specific, appropriate evaluation to measure the effects of those practices.” (more)

Thanks, Bobby Jindal!

Education Next – Robert Pondiscio

“It’s too soon to guess TIME Magazine’s person of the year, but a clear favorite has emerged for Common Core person of the year: the man, woman, or group that has done the most to advance the adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards in the U.S..” (more)

Parents May Be Mismanaging Student Debt with Serious Future Impact

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“According to a recent survey by Citizens Financial Group, 58% of parents report being worried they may not be able to retire when they want to due to their child’s student debt.” (more)

Child-Friendly Cities Are the Goal, Restoration Is the ‘How’

Education News – Julia Steiny

“In 2010, Leeds, the 3rd largest city in England, filched Nigel Richardson from his post as Director of Children’s Services in nearby Hull. He’d led the charge to make Hull the world’s first “Restorative City.” Using restorative practices across Hull’s agencies, both public and private, yielded stunning results after only 5 years. For example, costs for the youth justice system came down by 3.5 million pounds (roughly $5.8 million) and school exclusions by 80 percent.” (more)

Nervous about freshman year? What we wish we knew when we were 14

Oregon Live – Staff Writer

“What do you wish you knew before you started high school? The Omamas asked that question, looking for help to ease freshmen jitters before the first day of high school. Friends, family and you, dear readers, were quick with advice. What follows is a compilation of reader comments on OregonLive, Facebook and via email.” (more)

Learn, and be less unequal

The Economist – Staff Writer

“Mr Maskin has been working for over a decade on this theory, which he is developing alongside Michael Kremer, a Harvard colleague. In a nutshell, Mr Maskin argues that skilled workers in developing countries are coveted by multinational companies and see wage rises. Unskilled workers are ignored, so their wages fall.” (more)