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Friday, November 28, 2014

Botswana: Parents Can Bring Out Best in Children

AllAfrica – Dineo Modikele

“Speaking during the Model Day Care Centre graduation ceremony in Lobatse, Bethel Day Care Centre manager, Ms Regina Ngoma emphasised the importance of parental involvement in children’s education as it can bring excellence out of the child.”(more)

Ben Doyle: Arts Education Is Not A Luxury

VT Digger – Ben Doyle

“If we truly believe that to succeed in the 21st century students will need to be creative, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and resilient, we simply can’t afford to marginalize the arts — and the way many people think about them must change. The arts aren’t just nice; they’re necessary.”(more)

Boosting education exchanges between the US and Brazil

The Christian Science Monitor – Rachel Glickhouse

“Brazilians now make up 2 percent of the foreign student population in the US…one major factor is language…The government had previously begun offering free online English courses last year…Now the United States needs to follow its lead by doing more to provide better funding and support for foreign language learning, especially languages like Portuguese, Chinese, and Spanish.”(more)

The Real Reason Girls Don’t Like to Code

The Huffington Post – Lisa Abeyta

“We need to play to girls’ strengths and invite them to participate in projects that create solutions for social issues or problems that they care about — and then offer accessible tech which empowers girls to stop thinking about doing STEM and just use the technology, developing skills along the way as a means to an end.”(more)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

After-school programs give youth educational boost

Education Week – Staff Writer

” As Tennessee strives to stay at the forefront of student academic improvement, some education advocates say the hours after the last bell rings could be crucial to maintaining that edge…With the state pushing for higher standards in student learning, after-school supporters say they’re changing their programs to provide problem-solving and critical thinking skills intended to make students more competitive.”(more)

Q&A: Investing in science to reduce conflict in Africa

SciDev.net – Staff Writer

“Many of the recent conflicts in Africa could have been avoided if countries had invested in science…A scientific education could have led people to question instructions to kill their neighbours solely because of their ethnic origin…if the continent is to avoid being left behind in the global knowledge economy, African countries need to adopt a science and technology strategy…”(more)

Common Core Offers Little Guidance in Special Education, Teachers Find

Education World – Kassondra Granata

“Common Core continues to be a topic of discussion in schools across the country, and special education teachers are challenged to meet their students’ needs while following the requirements of the standards. Special education teachers are now finding that the national standards provide little guidance…”(more)

Don’t stop the music – children need a proper arts education

The Guardian – James Rhodes

“As schools grapple to meet targets and focus hard on maths, English and science, subjects like music can be squeezed way down the priority list…Quite apart from the proven effects of specialist music therapy, simply having a musical instrument for company, being able to practise and focus on making a sound, and eventually playing as part of an ensemble can have a huge impact on self-confidence and self-belief – two things that provide life-long benefits.”(more)

5 Money Habits Any Smart Parent Will Teach Their Kids

Business Insider – Thomas C. Corley

“Parents who mentor their kids by teaching them good daily success habits set their kids up to achieve far more than 95% of their peers, and go on to achieve great success in life…I uncovered certain money habits that the wealthy learned from their parents as children:”(more)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What missing class in Kindergarten means for high school

Deseret News – Eric Schulzke

“Students who miss just two days of school a month in first and second grades can end up with lower test scores in third grade, researchers have found…Figuring out what makes kids miss school and intervening early has become a high priority for schools around the country. “(more)