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Integrating art and design into STEM education

The Spectrum – JJ Abernathy

“Many have heard of the STEM movement in education—the focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but what some may not realize is that even more people and organizations are advocating STEAM—adding arts to the STEM mix. STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals to transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM; encourage the integration of Art + Design in K-20 education; and influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation.”(more)

Parents’ mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

BBC – Judith Burns

“An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils. More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices. And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it. The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.”(more)

Play 60: Battling youth obesity and lack of fitness

USA Today – Staff Writer

“When the NFL launched Play 60 a decade ago as a way to get American youth active, the league had no idea what reach the program would have. Ten years later, millions of youngsters and 73,000 schools have become involved. Affiliations with such organizations as the American Heart Association and the National Dairy Council have helped make Play 60 one of the nation’s most effective youth health and wellness initiatives, focusing on fighting obesity and encouraging children to be active.”(more)

The End of Teacher Tenure?

Education Next – Chester E. Finn, Jr.

“Tenure arrived in K–12 education as a trickle-down from higher ed. Will the demise of tenure follow a similar sequence? Let us earnestly pray for it—for tenure’s negatives today outweigh its positives—but let us not count on it. Almoat every time I’ve had an off-the-record conversation in recent years with a university provost, they’ve confided that their institutions are phasing tenure out. Sometimes it’s dramatic, especially when prompted by lawmakers, such as the changes underway at the University of Wisconsin in the aftermath of Governor Scott Walker’s 2015 legislative success, and the bills pending in Missouri and Iowa.”(more)

Psychiatrists suggest administrators address students’ underlying perceptions in discipline

Education Dive – Roger Riddell

“Greater attention to the school-to-prison pipeline — a phenomenon that has seen a particularly disproportionate number of students of color funneled into the criminal justice system over minor infractions via “zero-tolerance” discipline policies — is resulting in a rethinking of approaches to student behavioral discipline. Approaches that have contributed to the pipeline ultimately haven’t addressed the underlying behavior, and class time lost as a result of related suspensions and expulsions have only contributed to recidivism and drop-out rates.”(more)

What Foreign Language Should You Study?

Master Studies – Joanna Hughes

“By now most of us are aware of the many advantages of learning another language. Multilingualism comes with a host of benefits, including everything from increased employment opportunities to opening your mind to different worldviews. In fact, many graduates cite foreign language studies as among the most important coursework they took in college. The evidence makes it clear: Learning a second language is well worth your time. Not so clear for many students? Which language to learn. While English is undeniably valuable, it’s far from the only appealing option. Here’s a closer look at five other languages which may offer a leading edge depending on your unique interests and goals.”(more)