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Monday, December 22, 2014

Slower Brain Growth Linked To Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Science World Report – Reuters Media

“Children with Type 1 diabetes may have slower brain growth when compared to children without diabetes, according to recent findings published in the journal Diabetes.”(more)

Best gift of all is to think twice before you give a child more time in front of a screen

The Independent – Teresa Heeney

“The latest research from Growing Up in Ireland suggests that five-year-old children who spend three hours a day or more watching TV, playing video games, or on the internet, are more likely to be among those with emotional or behavioural difficulties.”(more)

Research: Summer School Yields Larger Math Gains

The U.S. News – The Hechinger Report

“Back in 2007 a team of Johns Hopkins researchers found that low-income children tended to improve in reading just as much as their wealthier peers did during the school year. The problem, at least for a group of Baltimore children these researchers studied for 18 years, was summertime. During those three idle months, the poorer children’s reading skills slipped a lot.”(more)

Conundrums in Competency

Education Next – Julia Freeland

“Over the past several months I’ve attended a number of conferences where competency-based (or mastery-based) education was a hot topic. On the whole, there seems to be growing enthusiasm for adopting competency-based approaches that allow students to advance upon mastery and that deploy authentic assessments to test what students can do across disciplines. My conversations at these conferences, however, have convinced me that there are some philosophical and practical areas that administrators are still grappling with. This is a short list of questions that keep coming up in discussions and debates:.”(more)

The Reading Paradox: How Standards Mislead Teachers

Education Next – Kathleen Porter-Magee

“Beyond the foundational reading skills, standards in this realm don’t articulate the content that students need to learn to become good readers. Instead, the standards describe the habits and skills of “good readers.” Good readers can, for instance, identify the main idea of a text. They can understand “shades of meaning” and can even use evidence to support comprehension and analysis.”(more)

Visionary Leaders Share How American Education Can Advance From B- To A+

Forbes – Robert Reiss

“On April 23, 1635 the Boston Latin School opened as the first public school in America. It brought the promise that education would ignite this emerging concept of a great nation. In fact, 56 alumni of the school were actually signers of the American Constitution. Since then education has differentiated America and fueled growth.”(more)

Yankees will pay for education of children of NYPD cop Rafael Ramos who was killed while on duty Saturday

The New York Post – Bill Madden

“George Steinbrenner’s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has, for 32 years, provided for the education of the children of New York City cops, firefighters and Port Authority employees who were killed in the line.”(more)

Last-minute moves to boost financial aid

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – Financial aid filing season starts right after the New Year’s holiday and if you hope to get financial aid to pay for college next year, there is still some time left to maximize what you can get.”(more)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

View: Why science education matters

The Journal News – Nancy Heilbronner

“Providing children with a sustained and in-depth science education is important for a number of reasons. First, science inspires children’s curiosity and wonder. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to watch kindergartners play around a water table, you’ll realize that science is fascinating to them and is integrated seamlessly into their day. As they play, they learn about the world around them, and they love to learn. Yet research suggests that by the time students leave middle school, much of this love for learning science no longer exists. We understand that part of the reason for this decline in engagement is a lack of exposure to science, especially in the early developmental grades.”(more)

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

The Guardian – Erica Buist

“Learning a language makes an appearance on a lot of bucket lists. People picture themselves strolling through a market in a foreign land, conversing easily with locals – and you always look tanned in the daydream, too. But on the way to becoming the fluent and unaccountably sexier new you, there are a few emotional troughs you have to get through.”(more)