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“Most adults recall memorizing the names of rivers or the Pythagorean theorem in school and wondering, “When am I ever gonna use this stuff?” Kids today have a high-profile spokesman. Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s education apps group, said last year at an industry conference that he “cannot answer” why his children should learn the quadratic equation. He wonders why they cannot “ask Google.” If Mr. Rochelle cannot answer his children, I can.”(more)

How U.S. teens compare with their global peers in financial literacy

CBS News – Aimee Picchi

“With an increasingly complex universe of financial products and services, how are America’s high-school students prepared to manage their money as they enter adulthood? Not all that well, according to a new assessment of financial literacy from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test measures the financial knowledge and skills needed to make the jump from high school to college and on into the workforce. The results raise several red flags given that one in five American teens fail to meet the level to be considered financially literate. By comparison, only about one in 10 Chinese and Russian students fail to meet that benchmark. American teens haven’t improved their scores since 2012. On top of that, teens who continue on to college often must make complex decisions about student loans that can impact their lives for decades. The results should be a wake-up call to the American education system, said Andreas Schleicher, education director of the OECD.”(more)

Multiple risk factors can predict internet addiction in adolescents

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As technology continues to rapidly evolve, the development of internet addiction among adolescents has become as serious public health concern – especially in Asian countries such as China. But, can researchers actually predict the children who are at risk? Stella Xian Li, who earned her Ph.D. from UAlbany’s Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology this semester, is part of a collaborative study which links individual and environmental risk factors with internet addiction in adolescents. Findings were released this month in Computers in Human Behavior.”(more)

NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning Breaking Down Biases Through STEM Education

Forbes – Roger Groves

“I will be the first to tell you I have unconscious biases. I don’t feel too guilty. We all have them. But until recently, I didn’t realize one of them involves hockey. I would not admit that my vision of hockey players did not include women or people of color or migrant workers…Well, my wake up call is from a partnership between the National Hockey League and EverFi, an educational technology company. The NHL has allocated funds for a program called Future Goals. It takes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into elementary and middle schools across the country.”(more)

Free The Principal!

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“But too often principals and their deputies have to deal with hundreds of things that have little to do directly with teaching and learning: student discipline, school maintenance, the cafeteria, safety, transportation, paperwork — and lots more. The District of Columbia Public Schools is taking a national lead in trying to change that by adding directors of operations and logistics. The idea is to liberate principals to focus more on teaching evaluation, planning and assessment and far less on milk, leaky faucets or security. Rayamajhi oversees a daunting list of daily needs, from maintenance and security to procurement and HR. Part logistician, part disciplinarian as well as coach and security guard, he roams the hallways and lunch rooms, multi-tasking and talking to everyone, including the nearly 50 employees he manages.”(more)

Class of 2017: Get a jump on adulthood with these 7 tips

USA Today – Teddy Nykiel

“College prepares students to be everything from accountants and teachers to government workers and health care technicians, but not all students learn basic money management skills. Here’s advice for this year’s graduates on how to succeed financially.”(more)