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Monday, October 20, 2014

Johnson: bilingual brains

The Economist – R.L.G.

“The researchers in this line of inquiry tend to share a common hypothesis: that being bilingual is a kind of constant inhibitory mental exercise. With two languages in the mind, nearly everything has two labels (words) and nearly everything can be expressed in two different kinds of sentences (grammar). Every time a thing is named, an alternative must be suppressed.” (more)

STEM contests challenge students to make a difference

E-School News – Dennis Pierce

“A growing number of STEM competitions for K-12 students aim to encourage the next generation of young innovators.” (more)

Advisors work to freeze ‘summer melt,’ get students to college

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“Researchers focusing on summer melt estimate that between 10% and 30% of students from some urban high schools who register for colleges wind up not starting fall classes at those campuses. That occurs even though many are headed to low-tuition community colleges.” (more)

Nonfiction Reading Is Getting a Bum Rap and That’s Bad For Kids

The Huffington Post – Patte Barth

“Amidst the general kerfuffling over the national Common Core State Standards, the English language arts portion has been singled out by critics for the supposed offense of emphasizing nonfiction reading. Like a lot of Common Core pushback, the ELA allegations are fraught with misunderstanding and rumor. Nonetheless, the charges have gained traction and are even showing up in some states’ legislative efforts to back out of the Common Core.” (more)

Most Miss. kindergarten students lag, scores show

The Clarion-Ledger – Jeff Amy

“A first-ever look at whether Mississippi’s kindergarten students are ready to learn to read shows that two-thirds are not.” (more)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Engaging Girls in Your STEM Program

The Huffington Post – Kiki Prottsman

“Even programs with the best intentions sometimes have difficulty attracting girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Skills Gaps for Online Reading Linked to Family Income

Education Week – Benjamin Herold

“…a new study…found “a large and significant achievement gap, based on income inequality, in an important new area for learning—the ability to read on the Internet to learn information”…In an age when the Internet is an increasingly essential daily tool for seeking understanding and communicating, such findings could have significant implications for schools…”active, successful participants in this 21st century global society must be able to develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology”” (more)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Competition Requires Multilingual Americans

The Courant – Kevin Conlan

“Young adults who fail to sign up for language courses are missing out on a critical skill they need in the now globalized economy: foreign language proficiency. Without the ability to do business in other languages, the U.S. will fall behind other nations whose citizens are more linguistically nimble.” (more)

Bilingual children ‘show advantage’ in noisy classrooms

BBC – Judith Burns

“Children fluent in two languages learn better in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one, research suggests.” (more)

Language studies bring rewards

The Davis Clipper – Louise R. Shaw

“Students who don’t begin studing the Chinese language until they get to college are “not going to be professionally functional,” he said. “Whether it’s scientific research or government, we people who can speak the language, otherwise we’ll miss out on opportunities.” (more)