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Good Government Is Not Good Enough When Managing Choice in the Real World

Education Next – Michael DeArmond

“The portents of market failure—things like inadequate information and a lack of competition—are everywhere in public education. So, when it comes to school choice, government has an important role to play: reducing information asymmetries, bolstering accountability, and ensuring fairness. But the market for schooling also needs bottom-up, community action if it’s going to work for families in the real world. That point was evident at the recent Portfolio Network meeting hosted by CRPE in Camden, New Jersey.”(more)

When parents focus on smartphones, kids’ misbehaving can rise

Medical X-Press – Maureen Salamon

“Could your smartphone prompt a toddler tantrum? Perhaps, a new study suggests. Young children whose parents interrupt family time by pulling out their smartphones or tablets appear more prone to misbehaviors, such as whining, sulking and tantrums, the research revealed. Study author Brandon McDaniel coined the term “technoference” about five years ago when researching technology’s intrusion into face-to-face interactions and relationships. His new findings on kids and parents reinforce established research focusing on technology’s effects on child development.”(more)

This Is How Much Praise Kids Really Need

Time – Amanda MacMillan

“To help children thrive emotionally and socially, aim to praise them for their good behavior five times a day, a new study suggests. The research, presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference, found that parents who did exactly that saw a boost in their kids’ wellbeing and a drop in hyperactivity and inattention.”(more)

Bilingual children are better at recognizing voices

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices, according to a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The findings, published in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, suggest yet another advantage of speaking multiple languages beyond the well-known cognitive benefits. “Bilingual children have a perceptual advantage when processing information about a talker’s voice. This advantage exists in the social aspect of speech perception, where the focus is not on processing the linguistic information, but instead on processing information about who is talking. Speech simultaneously carries information about what is being said and who is saying it,” said Susannah Levi, assistant professor of communicative sciences and disorders at NYU Steinhardt and the study’s author.”(more)

Why Do Children Love Those Fad Toys So?

NPR – Emily Sohn

“First, it was Pokémon. Then came a special trick yo-yo, Magic: The Gathering cards, and some kind of “thinking putty.” Over time, my 9-year-old’s obsessions have changed. But one thing has remained consistent: When he wants something, he really, really wants it — often because, in his words, “everyone else has one.” He’s clearly not alone in his desire for the latest fad toy. From the pet rocks and Tickle Me Elmos of decades past to today’s fidget spinners, certain toys have a way of taking kids’ daydreams by storm. And while plenty of research has probed the secrets of viral products, a more primal question lingers: Why do kids want fad toys so badly in the first place?.”(more)

How to nurture better communication with your children

The Telegraph – Linda Blair

“Every parent hopes their children will want to talk to them, to share their hopes and dreams and to seek comfort, reassurance and advice. When can we start making that happen? The answer is that it’s never too early. From the moment they’re born, babies will try to communicate with their carers. Spend lots of face-to face time with your baby so they feel safe and wanted.”(more)