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The joys and benefits of bilingualism

The Guardian – Tobias Jones

“Everyone knows that it’s moving and melancholic to watch your children change over the years. But to hear them alter their language, over the course of a few weeks and months, is almost surreal. It’s as if the precious beings you thought you knew are completely different and the experience is both intriguing and unsettling. Our children were 12, 10 and seven when we moved from Somerset to their mother’s country, Italy, last summer. Until then, they had always lived in England and their English was what you would expect: the odd spelling mistake, but otherwise fluent and full of pre-teen playground slang.” (more)

Teaching children with iPads means they struggle to concentrate without technology, study finds

The Telegraph – Camilla Turner

“Teaching children with iPads means they become disinterested in lessons without technology, an expert has warned. Schools which fail to embrace digital learning techniques in the classroom will find it increasingly difficult to capture the attention of children, according to Dr Patricia Davies, a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.” (more)

Ex-NFL stars urge no tackle football before age 14

The Daily World – Bob Glauber

“With increased evidence that repeated hits to the head frequently lead to degenerative brain disease, one of the country’s leading advocacy groups on head trauma has called for the abolition of tackle football until players reach age 14. Backed by renowned former NFL linebackers Harry Carson, Nick Buoniconti and Phil Villapiano, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the “Flag Football Under 14” initiative Thursday at a news conference in Manhattan.” (more)

Expansion of AP computer science draws more girls and minorities

The Seattle Times – Nick Anderson

“Ten years ago, girls were so scarce in high school computer science classes that the number of female students taking Advanced Placement tests in that subject could be counted on one hand in nine states. In five others, there were none. Latino and African-American students were also in short supply, a problem that has bedeviled educators for years and hindered efforts to diversify the high-tech workforce.” (more)

The kids in LAUSD who most need dual language instruction aren’t enrolling yet

KPCC – Kyle Stokes

“Los Angeles Unified school officials often tout the district’s “dual language immersion” programs as a huge success story. In dual language programs, students spend at least half – if not most – of their day learning in a languages ranging from Spanish, Mandarin or even Armenian. Each dual language classroom features a mix of native English speakers with students who speak the “target language” proficiently.” (more)