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NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning Breaking Down Biases Through STEM Education

Forbes – Roger Groves

“I will be the first to tell you I have unconscious biases. I don’t feel too guilty. We all have them. But until recently, I didn’t realize one of them involves hockey. I would not admit that my vision of hockey players did not include women or people of color or migrant workers…Well, my wake up call is from a partnership between the National Hockey League and EverFi, an educational technology company. The NHL has allocated funds for a program called Future Goals. It takes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into elementary and middle schools across the country.”(more)

The New Path To Harvard And Other Top Colleges

The Huffington Post – Osman Rashid

“The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) came out with a proposal a few days ago that parents of high school students can really get behind. Many parents have seen their kids enter high school only to be inundated with one-upmanship — comparing how many essays they are writing, how many AP classes they are taking, how many sports are they playing, how many extracurricular opportunities are they participating in and how much sleep they are [not] getting. This is the high school version of keeping up with the Joneses, and it has been shown to have truly dangerous effects on our children’s mental health…Starting with this new proposal from HGSE, colleges are finally stepping up and saying that it is quality — not quantity — that matters…Also, for the first time, colleges are saying they want to see a good track record of community engagement, not just academic engagement.”(more)

Play Hard, Live Free: Where Wild Play Still Rules

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“There are only a handful of these “wild playgrounds” in the country. They embrace the theory that free, unstructured play is vital for children and offer an antidote to the hurried lifestyles, digital distractions and overprotective parents that can leave children few opportunities to really cut loose. “It’s really central that kids are able to take their natural and intense play impulses and act on them,” says Stuart Brown, a psychologist and the founding director of the National Institute for Play. Children need an environment with “the opportunity to engage in open, free play where they’re allowed to self-organize,” he adds. “It’s really a central part of being human and developing into competent adulthood.” Brown says this kind of free-range fun is not just good; it’s essential. Wild play helps shape who we become, he says, and it should be embraced, not feared. Some educators advocate “dangerous play,” which they say helps kids become better problem solvers.”(more)

Smells like teen spirit: schools where students give back to their communities

The Guardian – Harriet Swain

“For the past six months, Kainat Bibi, has spent Saturday mornings doing homework. This is perhaps not so surprising for a conscientious year 12 student, except that Kainat’s homework is not her own; she works on a scheme run by her school, Carlton Bolling College in Bradford, in which sixth formers support local Syrian refugees with school work in English, maths and science. “I enjoy it,” says Kainat. “It’s my passion to help people so I find it easy to do.”…The school is regularly on the lookout for other volunteering opportunities to help students develop the hands-on experience and life skills that future employers and universities value, as well as to show them, Khan says, how to be “good citizens”.”(more)

Moving The Country Forward — Dartmouth College Elects to Become a Model for Civic Engagement via The Franklin Project

The Huffington Post – Marshall Brown

“How do we teach civic values to young people at a time when money has thoroughly corrupted politics, where serious policy discussions have been drown out in favor of infotainments…How do we begin to bridge our economic, political, and ethnic divides, and work shoulder to shoulder to build a future we would want to all live in?…Begun by General Stanley McChrystal and first presented at The Aspen Ideas Festival in 2012, the principle is this — we all need to serve our country in some capacity…Those who serve in the military account for 1% of the population. How could the rest of us serve, and how would that help to revitalize a sense of civic duty and connection to one’s fellow Americans?…If everyone were to ‘serve’ in one capacity or another during a gap year, either before, during, or after college…many countries throughout the world have such programs of national service, a year during which one serves one’s country and community.”(more)