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Early math instruction: A predictor for academic success

Education Dive – Staff Writer

“Want your early learners to have long-term reading success? Teach them math. Recent research links high-quality math instruction at the earliest grade levels to improved academic success through high school—and not just in math‑related subjects. Effective early math instruction also leads to later success in reading skills and oral language abilities like: vocabulary, inference, independence and grammatical complexity. In fact, pre-K math scores are a better indicator of later reading success than pre-K reading scores, according to research by Dr. Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning.”(more)

3 Reasons Why Studying STEM is Cool

KRIS TV – Staff Writer

“Have you ever wondered how websites are created or how bridges are built? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to become an astronaut and fly to Mars. Then you should consider attending a STEM-focused school. STEM curriculum concentrates on four main areas of study: science, technology, engineering and math. Coursework is integrated and interdisciplinary. So rather than address each subject separately, courses bring these disciplines together for a cohesive learning experience. Science and math often get characterized as dull, dry subjects, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.”(more)

The Sugar High Is Actually Just a Parenting Myth

The New York Magazine – Cari Romm

“If you give a mouse a cookie, as the children’s book goes, it will ask for a glass of milk. If you give a small child a cookie, as the conventional parenting wisdom goes, it will turn into a wild-eyed, wall-climbing monster, fearsome and uncontrollable until the sugar high has tapered off. Except as writer Laura Geggel explained yesterday on Live Science, that second statement, like the first, is more a good story than anything else. The concept of the sugar high is something of a parenting urban legend; plenty of research has shown that feeding kids sugar doesn’t make them hyper. What it does do, though, is prime their parents to look for signs of misbehavior.”(more)

How to sharpen students’ critical thinking skills online

E-School News – Ian Jamison

“With smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, students have 24/7 access to news, information, and opinions—not all of which are well-informed or well-intentioned. In truth, we are flooded with a constant stream of information online, from legitimate news and facts to websites and social media posts taking sides in intense political debates. In an age when students get the majority of their information from the internet, how can we make sure they know that not everything they find online is reputable? How can we help students become critical thinkers and smart consumers of information who also have empathy for others?.”(more)

Why It’s Time To Disrupt The Government Education Status Quo

Forbes – Israel Ortega

“Every once in a while, an idea comes around that fundamentally changes an industry. Think of Napster in music distribution, Facebook in social media and Uber in transportation. Change seldom happens overnight. Resistance is inevitable. But if done right, disruption wins out. In education policy, Education Saving Accounts (ESAs) may be the disruption necessary to spur innovation and competition in a system that is leaving many young adults ill prepared to enter a changing and competitive workforce.”(more)

These Are the ‘Building Blocks’ That Lead to Smart Money Decisions

Time Money – Dan Kadlec

“These three skills are essential, and should begin to be understood as young as 3 years old. How do kids learn sound money practices? The answers have eluded financial educators for years, and the lack of clarity as to what works best has fueled resistance to pouring more resources into the effort, especially in schools. Critics make many valid points. But they also jump to a faulty conclusions. And as Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said recently: “I have never found [the resistance] convincing. To me, all it says is that we simply have not yet been at this work long enough.” The need for broad financial education has never been more apparent.”(more)