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Teach kids financial literacy with childhood bank accounts

The Toronto Star – Craig Wong

“Parents hoping to teach their children the power of compound interest on their savings today will have a harder time than parents in the 1970s and 1980s, when interest paid on savings accounts soared above 10 per cent compared with rates today, when even the highest-paying savings accounts sit in the low single digits. But earning interest isn’t the only reason parents would want to help their children open a bank account of their own.” (more)

Poll: Social media makes it both easier and more challenging to parent tweens

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As children hit the “tween” stage between early elementary grades and the teenage years, parents may struggle balancing the need for independence with appropriate supervision, a new national poll suggests. And modern technology has changed the ground rules. Nearly all parents of tweens ages 9-12 agree that social media makes it easier for kids to get in trouble. But 61 percent also felt that social media helps parents keep track of tweens, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.” (more)

How to encourage your children’s passion for learning

CNN – Christine Elgersma

“Unfortunately, lots of kids start to lose their passion for learning as they grow up. Some research indicates that 40 percent of U.S. high school students have little or no interest in school. How do they get to that place? For some kids school becomes less about learning and more about achievement, right answers, and grades. When that happens, they can start to think learning isn’t fun. And as they get older, they want to play it cool and avoid showing a sense of awe about pretty much anything — at least to us. Even kids with exceptional grades are sometimes in it for the letters on report cards and have lost sight of learning.” (more)

To help a child who hates school, do some homework

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Meghan Leahy

“This lack of outside play has ramifications such as decreased focus, increased aggression and frustration, and lower test scores. And although I don’t think the classroom setting is helping your son, I’m not sure we can chalk up all his troubles to a lack of recess. Is his desire for more outdoor play the root cause of his anxiety and boredom? I am guessing no, but no condition is improved by a lack of movement.” (more)

Life is fraught with danger. School playgrounds should be too

The Guardian – Tom Bennett

“Risk is a part of life, and schools are very much in the business of preparing children for life – not just as scholars but as human beings, citizens and custodians of the world. So news that a primary school in Essex has introduced bricks and saws into its playground to help children understand risk should be celebrated, not condemned.” (more)

How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love (And That You Will, Too)

NPR – Elissa Nadworny

“”Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” That’s one of the many quotes that has made Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 lecture on rethinking the nation’s schools become one of the most popular TED talks — with more than 50 million views. Over the past two decades, Robinson, an author, consultant and former education professor, has argued, among other things, that dance might be more important than math (though, he admits, both are important). And that our system of education is more like a fast food chain — robotic, formalized and industrial.” (more)