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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Early Childhood Education That Focuses On Executive Function Improves Later School Performance

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Science is beginning to show more than ever that a child’s performance in school is largely dependent by how much they know prior to beginning kindergarten. According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds score 60 percent lower in cognitive tests than kids with richer parents. When it comes to math scores, poor black kids score an average of 21 percent lower than whites, while Hispanics score 19 percent lower. Pre-K and kindergarten classes are meant to balance these disparities, but curriculums and resources often vary between poorer and richer schools.” (more)

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.” (more)

Save rote memorization. Save rote memorization. Save rote memorization

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“That urge lives on. The great motives for memorization — music and stories — are as robust as ever. Far more young people are running around with wires carrying songs to their ears than ever before. The constant repetition can implant both tunes and lyrics forever.” (more)

Poor kids get less learning time in schools than wealthy — study

The San Francisco Chronicle – Jill Tucker

“Poor kids in California might spend the same amount of time in school as their wealthier peers, but they spend a lot less time actually learning, according to a UCLA report released Tuesday.” (more)

4 ways to create a successful hybrid school

E-School News – Heather Hiebsch

“Six years ago, our district created the PSD Global Academy, and I was hired to launch the school. Our charge was to provide students with online learning opportunities. We partnered with personalized learning solutions provider Aventa Learning – now Fuel Education (FuelEd) – and started by serving a few high school students, primarily targeting dropout prevention and recovery.” (more)

Report: Teacher Education Programs Easy A’s, Not Much Real Prep

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new study from the National Council on Teacher Quality suggests that college teacher preparation programs are not sufficiently preparing education school students for real-world classrooms.” (more)

The Most Popular Books For Students In 2014

The Huffington Post – Rebbecca Klein

“On Tuesday, Renaissance Learning updated its list of the most popular books for elementary and high school students, based on new data for the 2013-2014 school year. Renaissance Learning, an educational software company, compiled its list from a database that tracked the independent reading habits of nearly 10 million students.” (more)

Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“In June, a California court ruled, in Vergara v. State of California, that the state’s tenure and seniority laws are unconstitutional. Minority students have filed a similar case in New York, with more to come elsewhere.” (more)

Africa Can Boost Economy By U.S. $500 Billion

All Africa – Staff Writer

“Cape Town — Africa can boost its growth by a third and generate an “economic miracle” if it invests enough in the younger generation, says a top United Nations official tasked with promoting health and equal opportunities for the world’s people.” (more)

Youth bulge could unleash rapid economic growth

Reuters – Maria Caspani

“LONDON, Nov 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The record number of young people in the world today could unlock fast economic growth in many developing countries unless lack of access to health care and education hinder progress, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Tuesday.” (more)