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Friday, December 19, 2014

Why Should Your Kids Have Language Lessons?

RecruitingBlogs – Merry Gomes

“Even before a child can receive formal education at school, he/she initially gets to learn to speak at least one language. But aside from your native language, experts suggest the introduction of another dialect like German lessons or French lessons. Here are some of the best reasons why your kids should have additional language lessons early on life.”(more)

Fewer Florida high schools get A’s, but graduation rates inch higher

Tampa Bay Times – Jeffrey S. Solochek

“The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent as the state again changed its grading criteria. The state’s graduation rate, meanwhile, inched up to 76.1 percent, an 11-year high, the Florida Department of Education reported Thursday. Pasco County had the Tampa Bay region’s highest graduation rate, at 79.4 percent, while Pinellas County had the greatest rise, 4.3 percentage points…In a conference call, state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart focused on how students continued to perform well despite increased expectations.”(more)

For the Kids: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Huffington Post – Rich Linton

“As the holidays approach, so do requests from family and friends about what to give the kids this year. Meanwhile, visions of unused toys and clothes dance in parents’ heads. Instead of asking for the hottest toy this year, consider a gift that will actually keep on giving: an investment in your child’s future. Not only does a financial gift provide an opportunity to talk to kids about responsibility, but it can also set your child on the path for sound savings habits and help protect your own hard-earned savings.”(more)

Details On The Administration’s New College Ratings System

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators…The White House previously announced that the plan would tie federal financial aid to colleges’ performance as judged by these ratings…”As a nation, we have to make college more accessible and affordable and ensure that all students graduate with a quality education of real value,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement…Here are some of the key details announced today:”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inslee Outlines Early Childhood Education Plans for Washington

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has introduced a plan to upgrade education in the state, including working on the preschool program for poor children, creating a full day kindergarten program, and hiring 7,000 more teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes among the first three grade levels in all elementary schools.”(more)

How I Transformed Math From Misery to Magic

The Huffington Post – Vanessa Thompson

“I am not writing a blog about math because I love it. I hated math in grade school. When I was 8 years old I told my parents that I was stupid and would never understand it because math was “for the smart kids.” Today it hurts me to hear the words smart or dumb in the classroom because I know that I would have been the “dumb kid” if I hadn’t decided to convert math problems into stories. This lack of math motivation amongst us kids is a huge problem because math is vital to our future careers. According to research, majoring in math correlates to a higher salary. So how do we make math engaging for the masses, and what is one thing that humans all over the world love? Storytelling.”(more)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

States Scramble to Explain Low Teacher Prep Grades

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report on national teacher preparedness has many states scrambling to explain why they received poor marks. The 2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, put out by the National Council on Teacher Quality, gave Wyoming a D- for its new teacher preparation. The state ranked 49th in terms of its education of teachers in terms of preparing students for higher education.”(more)

How many attacks on schools around the world?

BBC News – Sean Coughlin

“The murderous attack on a school in Peshawar has appalled people around the world, but perhaps even more dreadful is that this is far from an isolated incident. The deliberate targeting of places of education has become a global blight. An international study published earlier this year showed that between 2009 and 2013 there were 9,600 attacks in 70 countries. The report, researched by a coalition of United Nations agencies, human rights groups and aid organisations, showed that these attacks on pupils, teachers and buildings were not accidental or random incidents…Attacking schools and places of learning is a way of attacking someone else’s culture – or else enforcing a religious or ideological campaign.”(more)

Making Math Word Problems More Accessible

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Students would be better off if algebra teachers began their lessons with word problems, according to a recent study covered by my colleague Sarah Sparks, rather than waiting to present them until students have mastered equations. Starting with symbols can impede learning, Mitchell J. Nathan, an educational psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said in the article. “Language itself provides an entry point to mathematical reasoning that is highly superior to the algebraic equation.”…But as the researchers on the word-problem study note, students who learning English, and those who have other language challenges, tend to have difficulty with word problems.”(more)

Entrepreneur Barbie doesn’t need to wear pink to get the job done

The Christian Science Monitor – Melissa E. Graebner, Ph.D.

“Toy makers are taking steps to build toys that model business leaders for girls, but are they missing the point as they pick wardrobes and professions that perpetuate stereotypes?…Surely there would be a market for entrepreneurship toys that don’t reinforce outdated clichés about girls. In the meantime, how can parents encourage their daughters to become entrepreneurs? The key is to encourage girls to BE smart, not dress smart.”(more)