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New Analysis Finds Long-Lasting Benefits From Early-Childhood Education

Education Week – Christina Samuels

High-quality early-childhood programs boost graduation rates, reduce grade retention and cut down on special education placements, according to a new analysis of several other early-education research studies that adds fresh fuel to long-running policy debates about the effectiveness of pre-K. “These results suggest that the benefits of early-childhood education programs do in fact persist beyond the preschool year,” said Dana Charles McCoy, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in an email interview. McCoy was the lead author on the analysis, which was published Thursday in the journal Educational Researcher.”(more)

How young is too young for cellphones in school?

The Seattle Times – Donna St. George

It’s been a long time since cellphones arrived in the nation’s schools, but educators are still struggling with what to do about them. Should they be allowed in elementary schools? What about middle-schoolers using them at lunch? Which limits make the most sense for devices so ubiquitous? What has become a more settled matter for high-school students is sparking questions and controversy in lower grades, some two decades after portable phones became an inescapable part of the cultural landscape.”(more)

The Global Search for Education: Hello Coding – When Did You Get So Cool?

Education World – Cathy Rubin

“Why were 600,000 high-paying tech jobs unfilled in 2015 in the United States alone, or is the better question: Is technology developing faster than humans can learn to handle it? According to the White House, by 2018, 51 percent of STEM jobs will be in computer science-related fields. However, the number of tech employees has not increased along with the number of jobs available. Why? The answer is simple: lack of relevant education. The White House maintains that just one quarter of K-12 schools offer high-quality computer science with programming and coding. In addition, in 2016, the PEW Research Center reported that only 17% of adults believed they were “digitally ready.”(more)

Squanto’s gift: A Thanksgiving science lesson

Education World – Gary Hopkins

“It is said that Squanto taught the Pilgrims much about growing crops in the soil at Plymouth. Since fish were plentiful in the area, Squanto showed how fish could be used to fertilize the seeds the Pilgrims planted. In this activity, students will see firsthand the effects of “Squanto’s science lesson.”(more)

In the face of natural disasters, let’s not forget the mental health needs of the kids

The Hill – Aaron Sawyer, Julie Kaplow, Kristin Moore, and Diana Fishbein

“In 2017, the United States sustained direct hits from some of the strongest hurricanes on record, affecting millions of children and families in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Reconstruction of the ravaged areas will continue for years. Hidden among the debris are two critical facts. The psychological trauma and grief caused by these disasters will almost certainly persist beyond federal support for survivors, which tends to dry up shortly after the waters recede.”(more)