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Saturday, January 31, 2015

What Makes Private and Independent Schools Special?

Newsweek – Staff Writer

“To learn is to expand your viewpoint, to gain knowledge and to inspire success within yourself and in others around you. It is the greatest and most valuable activity you can pursue. And the same goes for your children. A quality education is the soundest investment you can offer them. Locating the right school to bring out the best in them, one that fosters their ambitions and sets them on the path to delivering their goals, is the most important assistance you can ever provide as a parent. Like all parents, you want your child to achieve academic excellence while at the same time grow as a person of sound moral fiber who appreciates the right values. When it comes to cultivating a fully-rounded individual, one who loves to learn and who wants to succeed – your first consideration should be a private education. The caliber of private and independent schools in the United States is second to none. High School aged children require just the right mix of pastoral care, guidelines and discipline, and the opportunities to develop their potential… then reach it.”(more)

What makes Bill Gates feel stupid: Microsoft billionaire reveals regret at never having learnt a foreign language

The Daily Mail – Myriah Towner

“The world’s richest man might seem to have it all, but Bill Gates has one regret. The self-made billionaire said he felt stupid for not knowing any foreign languages. Speaking in his third Ask Me Anything question-and-answer session for online forum Reddit, the Microsoft founder revealed that he wished he spoke French, Arabic or Chinese.”(more)

Girls Get Good Grades But Still Need Help. As For Boys … SOS!

NPR – Linda Poon

“A new study shows that when it comes to the classroom, girls rule. They outperform boys in math, science and reading in 70 percent of the 70-plus countries and regions surveyed by the Organization for Economic Development Cooperation and Development. Girls do better even in countries that rank low on U.N.’s gender equality index and that tend to discriminate against women politically, economically and socially — like Qatar, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. “What we find is that throughout the world boys are lagging in overall achievement,” says psychologist David Geary at University of Missouri-Columbia, who coauthored the study. He adds that while there are several efforts to promote education for girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, boys have largely been overlooked.”(more)

Students Should Retain Their Bilingual Heritage for Its Economic Value

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Callahan

“Every spring in America, white, middle-class parents value bilingualism enough to line up in the early morning hours to sign up their children for a spot in next fall’s dual-language kindergarten. This is great because as a nation, we celebrate bilingualism, right? Well, sort of. Just not for those kids who already speak another language at home. Teachers frequently emphasize the importance of English above all else when they speak with immigrant parents. Even worse, many nonnative English-speaking parents are told not to speak to their children in the language they know best, depriving them of their richest source of social, emotional and linguistic support. The reality is that these parents who sign up their kids for dual-language kindergarten are onto something. They recognize what many teachers, principals and policymakers do not: Knowing two or more languages puts you at an advantage.”(more)

Bullying: anyone different can be a target

The Telegraph – Jenny Hulme

” Katherine Long can’t remember the actual moment when her wonder in her son’s ability and love of learning turned into a worry. Or when she started losing confidence in herself and her parenting, and faced every school meeting trying to hold it together, to stop the tears, when she sat down to discuss “how Josh was doing”. Josh was seven when he moved from a local primary school, where he had been happy but frustrated, into a carefully chosen school that promised small classes and the chance to thrive, says Katherine, a doctor from Sussex. “Josh had always been so articulate – he was reading by the age of three, conversing with adults like a child more than twice his age,” she says. “It was like he couldn’t switch his brain off. We could see he was longing to go a bit faster, learn a bit more. But after a year at the new school he seemed unsettled and was talking about boys hurting and taunting him.” When Katherine shared her concerns with Josh’s teachers, they treated her reports as Josh’s problem rather than the school’s, saying they saw no evidence of bullying in class and calling on her to challenge Josh’s “idiosyncrasies”, suggesting he was triggering problems by “always putting his hand up” or by being “oversensitive” to normal playground banter.”(more)

Low math scores don’t add up: Here’s what the experts say needs to be done (with video)

The Ottawa Citizen – Elizabeth Payne

“It’s a refrain educators hear constantly. And it makes them cringe. “I’m not good at math, so I don’t expect my kids to be.” It’s not an argument you would ever hear a parent make about literacy — ‘I’m not a big reader, so it wouldn’t surprise me if my kids don’t read’ — but it’s commonly applied to math, as if it were a special power that some are born with and some are not. And that’s just not true, say educators and researchers. In fact, there is impressive and growing evidence to support the fact that virtually everyone can succeed, even excel, at math. So why aren’t they? Why are math scores sliding in Ontario? The answer, as with most things involving public education, can be complicated. But it doesn’t have to be.”(more)

What students think of their blended learning teachers

E-School News – Peter West

“With blended learning, the computer may provide much of the learning fundamentals and students must be more self-regulated than in a traditional industrial model classroom, but the teacher still plays a vital (albeit different) role. School leaders need to be aware of this, and need to have pathways developed to transition teachers to this new environment. Thus, teachers must be trained in the different pedagogy, and this should impact the way professional development is delivered.”(more)

Michelle Obama: Counselors build the bridge to college

USA Today – Michelle Obama

“Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, it wasn’t exactly a forgone conclusion that I would go to college. Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in my neighborhood had gone beyond high school, and while my folks were determined to see me and my brother Craig get a good education, they weren’t exactly sure how to make that happen. I worked hard and got good grades, but I didn’t have much in the way of college counseling in high school. Fortunately, Craig was a couple of years ahead of me, and he had managed to get himself into Princeton University. So in addition to applying to one school because I liked the pictures in the brochure and to another because it was close to home, I also applied to Princeton, and my brother helped guide me through the process.”(more)

U.S. Education: Still Separate and Unequal

U.S. News – Lindsey Cook

“The U.S. spends significantly more on education than other OECD countries. In 2010, the U.S. spent 39 percent more per full-time student for elementary and secondary education than the average for other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Yet, more money spent doesn’t translate to better educational outcomes. In fact, American education is rife with problems, starting with the gaping differences between white students and students of color: More than 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, school systems in the United States are separate and unequal. By 2022, the number of Hispanic students in public elementary and secondary schools is projected to grow 33 percent from the 2011 numbers. The number of multi-racial students is expected to grow 44 percent.”(more)

Model Citizens

Education Next – Robert Pondiscio

“Two weeks ago Arizona became the first state to make passing the U.S. Citizenship Test a high school graduation requirement. Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a bill mandating the test after the measure passed the state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate in a single day. And that’s really about all the deliberation that should be needed for other states to follow Arizona’s lead. It’s a no-brainer in more ways than one.”(more)