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Good Government Is Not Good Enough When Managing Choice in the Real World

Education Next – Michael DeArmond

“The portents of market failure—things like inadequate information and a lack of competition—are everywhere in public education. So, when it comes to school choice, government has an important role to play: reducing information asymmetries, bolstering accountability, and ensuring fairness. But the market for schooling also needs bottom-up, community action if it’s going to work for families in the real world. That point was evident at the recent Portfolio Network meeting hosted by CRPE in Camden, New Jersey.”(more)

Call to boost children’s writing for pleasure

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Children who write for pleasure achieve significantly better results in the subject in the classroom, National Literacy Trust research suggests. Those who like writing outside class are seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age. While the proportion of children writing for fun has risen, the trust warns many are still not keen on it. It says more attention must be focused on writing for fun, as has already been done on reading for pleasure. The study, published to mark the first National Writing Day organised by the charity First Story, questioned 39,411 eight to 18-year-olds across the UK.”(more)

Don’t Give Parents a Pass on Education

U.S. News and World Report – Frederick M. Hess

“America’s schools are caught in a peculiar vise. We’ve made it clear that we expect schools to succeed with every child. That wasn’t always the norm. Over the past 25 years, though, reformers on the left and right fought to ensure that schools be expected to educate every child. Today, we largely take that mission for granted. That represents a tectonic shift and a tremendous victory.”(more)

Positive engagement in preschool key to developmental gains

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Many interventions and programs designed to improve low-income children’s lives focus on providing high-quality early-childhood education. Preschool classrooms that are emotionally supportive, well-organized, and cognitively stimulating can help boost children’s learning and development. Yet for the most part, focusing on the quality of early-childhood education has emphasized teachers, often missing the central role that children play in their own development. A new study has found that children’s individual engagement with teachers, peers, and tasks was important to the gains they made during the preschool year, even after taking into account differences in classroom quality.”(more)

Parents who want their children to be kind are the most successful in passing on all of their values

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Research published in the British Journal of Psychology has found that parents who want their children to have prosocial values are the most successful in instilling all their values in their children compared to those who promote selfishness. The collaborative study from Royal Holloway, University of London and the universities of Westminster, Vienna, and Bern assessed 418 German and Swiss families to see which parents most strongly transmitted their values to their children. They found that children whose parents wanted them to value helping, supporting and caring for others, were more similar to their parents in their overall value profile than those whose parents promoted striving for power and achievement.”(more)

Helping your child succeed: Summertime: A great time to begin learning a foreign language

Marianas Variety – Jane Elizabeth Hamilton

“Children who study one or more foreign languages during their school years reap numerous personal, cognitive and academic benefits. Through foreign language study, they learn about different cultures and ways of life, and expand their views of the world. Additionally, they have higher scores on tests of academic achievement than their monolingual peers. Below are some details about the benefits of foreign language study: Personal benefits. One advantage of studying a foreign language in school is the exposure it gives students to different cultures, beliefs and ideas, and new ways of thinking. Individuals who can understand, speak and read in more than one language have the ability to communicate with more people, read more diverse types of material and benefit more fully from traveling in other countries. As students learn about different cultures and different ways of life, they expand their horizons and understanding of the world.”(more)