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UK’s Mandarin Learners Head for Top of Class in Other Subjects

Women of China – Su Yilin

“Mandarin learning in British classrooms is enhancing the ability of students to perform well in other subjects, including English and mathematics, according to a new survey released on Friday. The report shows 89 percent of students studying Mandarin at schools taking part in the survey achieved GCSE Grade 5 or better in English. In comparison, among students at the same schools who were not learning Mandarin, only 72 percent earned GCSE Grade 5 or better in English. Similarly, 87 percent of students learning Mandarin achieved GCSE Grade 5 or above in mathematics, while only 61 percent made the grade among students not studying Mandarin.” (more)

How the Girl Scouts are trying to bridge the gap between smart girls and STEM careers

The Dallas Morning News – Iolani Connolly

“Girl Scouts of the United States of America recently announced 30 new science and technology-focused badges aimed at building skills and fostering leadership in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These new STEM badges in areas such as robotics, mechanical engineering, cybersecurity and space sciences are a critical addition to the Girl Scout program and may be a game-changer for the girls who complete them.” (more)

Is your teen online a lot? Study finds mild link between ADHD and digital media use

USA Today – Ryan Suppe

“Teenagers who frequently use digital media are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study. In 2014, scientists at the University of Southern California embarked on a two-year study to discover whether the amount and frequency of digital media usage among teens was associated with the occurrence of ADHD.” (more)

Only One Fourth-Grader at a California School Can Read at Grade Level. A New Lawsuit Claims the State Is Violating Students’ ‘Constitutional Right to Literacy’

The 74 Million – Esmeralda Fabián Romero

“Is a school in California where only one fourth-grader is able to read at grade level violating students’ constitutional guarantee to a basic education? A new lawsuit could get the green light within days to move forward with this claim, that the state’s Department of Education is depriving low-income students of equal access to learning to read and write. The suit claims to be the first in the United States to seek recognition of the constitutional right to literacy.” (more)

Four Qualities of The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom

KQED News Mind/Shift – Alexis Arnold

“Smartphones and tablets have quickly become a permanent part of students’ daily lives. Kids up to 8 years old spent almost an hour a day on mobile devices, Common Sense Media reported last year. And the amount of time kids spend with screens only increases as they get older. On average, 13- to 18-year-olds spend about nine hours a day on entertainment media, much of which is on tablets and smart phones.” (more)

Hello, bonjour, hola – language is a beautiful thing

The Burleson Star – Bethann Coldiron

“Without languages, it would be really difficult for people to communicate with each other. But with an estimated 6,909 distinct languages in the world, why is it that in the United States, the only language that most Americans know is English? Texas, of course, is in the minority here as there is a heavy Hispanic population in the state. According to a U.S. Census count, more than a third of the state’s residents speak another language at home – of which 85 percent speak Spanish.” (more)