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Sunday, December 21, 2014

View: Why science education matters

The Journal News – Nancy Heilbronner

“Providing children with a sustained and in-depth science education is important for a number of reasons. First, science inspires children’s curiosity and wonder. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to watch kindergartners play around a water table, you’ll realize that science is fascinating to them and is integrated seamlessly into their day. As they play, they learn about the world around them, and they love to learn. Yet research suggests that by the time students leave middle school, much of this love for learning science no longer exists. We understand that part of the reason for this decline in engagement is a lack of exposure to science, especially in the early developmental grades.”(more)

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

The Guardian – Erica Buist

“Learning a language makes an appearance on a lot of bucket lists. People picture themselves strolling through a market in a foreign land, conversing easily with locals – and you always look tanned in the daydream, too. But on the way to becoming the fluent and unaccountably sexier new you, there are a few emotional troughs you have to get through.”(more)

How a $1.3-billion, 21-year study of U.S. children’s health fell to pieces

The L.A. Times – Michael Hiltzik

“The National Children’s Study was launched with a fanfare of expectation and ambition in 2000. The idea was to follow 100,000 American children from the pre-natal stage to age 21, collecting an unprecedented volume of data on “environmental influences (including physical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial) on children’s health and development,” in the words of the enabling federal legislation, the Children’s Health Act. As Science Magazine reported, it was the largest and most complex longitudinal study of its kind ever planned in the United States.”(more)

OPINION: A Call to STEM Professionals

ED Surge – Juliet Garcia

“Where I live in Colorado, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classrooms are facing an alarming reality: according to the state Department of Education, our university teacher preparation programs aren’t graduating enough talent to fill K-12 STEM positions. These subjects build students’ capabilities for problem-solving and innovation, and give them the skills needed to be competitive in our increasingly technological world. One means to ensure all students in our state have access to high-quality STEM opportunities is to seek teacher talent from the STEM professional sectors and support these professionals as they transition.”(more)

Literacy group making inroads expanding students’ vocabulary skills

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel – Alan J. Borsuk

“One of the things that appeals to me about SHARP is the emphasis on vocabulary. There is a powerful body of research that shows that the “vocabulary gap” is one of the keys to understanding the success gap in education. In short, a child who starts kindergarten with a large vocabulary is much more likely to succeed than one with a small vocabulary.”(more)

Federal grant advances push for early childhood education

Frederiksburg.com – Staff Writer

“VIRGINIA, appropriately, will be among the first states to benefit from the Preschool Development Grant program, which earmarks funding for early education programs for 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.”(more)

The Gift of Education

The New York Times – Nicholas Kristof

“Fortunately, with the help of American donors, Nikenson is now receiving a university education that will propel him into Haiti’s elite. He’s a beneficiary of a program started by Conor Bohan, a young American who was teaching in a Haitian high school and distressed that a top student in the school couldn’t afford $30 to register for college. He sacrificed his savings to send her to college (she’s now a doctor). Then he hit up family and friends to help other Haitians go to college. The program grew and became the Haitian Education and Leadership Program, or HELP, sending hundreds of young men and women to Haitian universities.”(more)

Beyond the Classroom: Great teacher + effective parent = a winning combination

The Miami Herald – Laurie Futterman

“In the weeks before school, I often overhear parents talking about the teachers their children have been assigned to for the coming year. It is interesting to listen to the spectrum of comments. As a parent, I can understand the faith that we have as we offer up our kids to a teacher — or teachers — for the next 10 months with high hopes of instilling all great things. As a teacher, I also understand the expectations that we have for parents when the students become part of our classroom.”(more)

DRUGGING OUR KIDS

The Mercury News – KAREN DE SÁ

“One doctor’s daring approach allowed a troubled girl to emerge from years of a drug-induced haze. Could that success be a model for the entire California foster care system?.”(more)

South Sudan Conflict Having Devastating Impact On Education

All Africa News – Lisa Jones

“THE conflict in South Sudan is continuing to have a devastating impact on children’s education one year after violence first erupted, warns charity Plan International.”(more)