High School Education Reduces Serious Health Risks Like Dementia

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“A new study further emphasizes the benefits of an education on the human experience…research from the Framingham Heart Study spanning the past four decades indicates that cases of individuals with dementia is on the decline, and that better educated populations are at a decreased risk…Those who had a high school diploma were determined to be less at-risk for both dementia and cardiovascular disease…This is just the latest study to find health benefits in a high school diploma. Last July, researchers from several universities linked a lack of a high school diploma to over a hundred thousand deaths in 2010, finding further evidence of a “strong inverse relationship between educational attainment and adult mortality.””(more)

Was Albert Einstein really a bad student who failed math?

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“There is huge news in the science world: Scientists just announced that they have detected gravitational waves from the merging of two black holes in deep space — something predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The finding serves to underscore — again — the prodigious genius of Einstein, a theoretical physicist whose work fundamentally changed the way humans view and understand their world…There are also commonly held aspects of his childhood and education that seem to conflict with the broad genius that he was. That he was a lazy child. That he was a bad student who flunked math. That he had a learning disability. How much of this is true?”(more)

STEAM games that can help kids learn important skills as they play

Consumer Reports – Sarah D. Young

“Encouraging children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) can help set them up for success both in school and in life. Not only does exploring the world of STEAM stimulate crucial brain development, it can help guarantee they won’t be scared away from future careers in those fields. Cultivating their interest in STEAM can also be done in a way that is anything but boring. Games — such as those produced by ThinkFun, Inc. — can help children explore the world of STEAM through good old-fashioned play, in a way that doesn’t feel too “educational.”…According to ThinkFun, Inc,’s CEO and co-founder Bill Ritchie, these games can help spark curiosity, cultivate confidence, and nurture lifelong learners. “We understand that parents want to help their children learn, build their perspective and skills,” he says, adding that these wallet-friendly games are good for the whole family.”(more)

Most P1 pupils in Scotland learn one foreign language, latest figures show

BBC – Staff Writer

“The majority of pupils in the first year of primary school are learning a foreign language…On a visit to Edinbarnet Primary School in West Dunbartonshire, Minister for Learning, Dr Alasdair Allan, said: “In today’s global, multi-cultural world it is more important than ever that young people have the opportunity to learn languages from an early age, to equip them with skills and competencies for the globalised economy. We want to ensure the enthusiasm for languages starts at an early stage in a child’s education.””(more)

21st century or every century?

SmartBlog on Education – Fred Ende

“We hear a lot today about the importance of 21st-century skills, from proponents who say we need to make sure all learners showcase these characteristics, and from critics who say we need to worry less about 21st-century skills, since we’re already 15% into the century, and instead, we should extrapolate what the skills of the 22nd century might be. I think both of these views are correct; there doesn’t have to be an either/or…As we continue moving from one century to the next, I can’t help but wonder if all our focus on skills of the century, misses the opportunity to go back to basics and focus on skills that are timeless. After all, one man’s (or woman’s) 21st-century skill is someone else’s eternal one. Here are three examples:”(more)

Bold action needed on early childhood education

EdSource – Andrea Ball

“This is a year of unexpected opportunity to strengthen early childhood programs and policy in California. The new federal education law, Governor Jerry Brown’s surprising early education budget proposal and the continued commitment of the Legislature to early childhood programs together offer a unique chance for state policymakers and local educators to deepen support for early learning programs and address achievement gaps. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the title of the federal law, contains new recognition of the importance of early childhood education…And for the first time, federal professional development funds will include preschool administrators and teachers, including those who work with pre-kindergarten dual-language children.”(more)