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Saturday, December 20, 2014

My view: Doing away with cursive is bad idea with serious repercussions

The Deseret News – Rebecca Peterson

“Cursive is under attack. Typing is taking the place of this stylized handwriting, and cursive is being taken out of school curriculum, but at what cost? Few believe that it is an important skill worth teaching. However, learning cursive benefits us in a way that computers cannot, creates a connecting link between the generations and improves the ability to learn basic skills.”(more)

How can education, industry close the skills gap and fill U.S. jobs?

Central Maine –
John McKernan and William Hansen

“An unfortunate irony to emerge from our lackluster economic recovery is that even as millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, too many employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.”(more)

7 ways to keep girls interested in STEM for the long haul

E-School News – Zulma Whiteford

“Engineering is empowering. It encompasses the ability to create whatever you can imagine and thereby change the world for the better. But in the United States, fewer than 15 percent of working engineers are women, despite comprising half of the population. There are a number of possible reasons for this inequality, but a variety of contributing factors take effect at an early age.”(more)

The Global Search for Education: What’s the Secret to Canada’s Success?

The Huffington Post – C.M. Rubin

“In 2003, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada initiated a focus on educational improvement as one of its key strategies for the future success of its people and its economy. Since then, the entire system has dramatically improved. As part of The Global Search for Education series on education system transformations, today we explore the secrets to Ontario’s success.”(more)

States tackle question of how to boost college completion rates for low-income students

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“New report shows how states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida are creating ‘structured pathways’ to help community college students make it through a system where most fail to graduate.”(more)

How two words stir controversy on federal plan to rate US colleges

The Christian Science Monitor – Mark Trumbull

“US Education Department releases its draft framework for ranking colleges and universities, but critics warn that there are difficulties and unintended consequences in using ‘employment outcomes’ as a measure.”(more)

To give their children a better education, parents launch new school

The L.A. Times – Stephen Ceasar

“But Melendrez feared what would come next for her daughter. She could send her to underperforming Jefferson High, or perhaps put her on a bus to a magnet school in the San Fernando Valley. She and other parents lamented the lack of quality high schools in the neighborhood.”(more)

College ratings system may rank loan repayments, graduation statistics

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided over the next few months, with some wary colleges and universities sure to protest any measurements that might hurt their reputations.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Schools Considering Later Start Times for Safety

Education News – Grace Smith

“Schools nationwide are considering delaying school start times to better match the needs of teenagers. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), earlier this year released a statement that adolescents who do not get enough sleep can suffer from physical and mental health problems, an increase in automobile accidents, and a decline in academic performance. Unfortunately, teens’ natural sleep cycle makes it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11:00 p.m. and then attend a 7:30 a.m. — or earlier — first class the next day. The AAP recommends that middle and high schools delay the start of class time to 8:30 a.m. or later. This would bring school times in alignment with the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents, for whom sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty.”(more)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mixing Languages – Bilingual Children are So Smart!

Chicago Now – Nick Jaworski

“Multilingual children have a lot of advantages over their monolingual peers – they tend to be more creative, perform better academically, can communicate with additional cultures, and have lower risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s. One of the ways I see this intelligence boost all the time with my daughter is when she mixes her languages. She just doesn’t mash languages together randomly, she does it in smart and complex ways that combine vocabulary and grammatical structures to produce meaning. A common myth of children’s language learning in the US is that they somehow confuse languages, when the exact opposite is the case. They know exactly what they are saying and to whom.”(more)