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How To Actually Teach Your Kid The Value Of Money

The Huffington Post – Taylor Pittman

“In a world of credit cards, online banking, tax codes, investments and retirement plans, keeping up with money can be tough for adults, and even more so for kids. So, for the many parents who want to teach their kid economic ideas and prepare them for their financial futures, where the heck is the starting point? We asked financial experts to break down the best ways to actually teach kids the value of money. Here’s their advice:” (more)

New research helps to instill persistence in children

Medical X-Press – James Devitt

“Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study. Encouraging children “to help,” rather than asking them to “be helpers,” can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study.” (more)

Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats

Ed Surge – Jeffrey R. Young

“John McPhee, a master of telling nonfiction stories, became a teacher by accident 43 years ago when Princeton University needed a last-minute replacement. He has steered the course ever since, each spring when he takes breaks from writing books or pieces for The New Yorker, and it has become legendary in journalism circles.” (more)

Disrupting opportunity gaps will hinge on networks

E-School News – Julia Freeland Fisher

“Recently, Stanford researcher Raj Chetty came out with yet another new study on the jagged landscape of opportunity facing America. Analyzing the relationship between young people’s exposure to innovation and the likelihood that they would go on to become inventors, the study highlights an alarming rate of what the authors dub “lost Einsteins”: young people who show promising potential but who, due to lack of exposure to innovation, appear far less likely to pursue careers as inventors. Perhaps unsurprisingly these gaps fall along demographic lines. Children from high-income (top 1 percent) families are 10 times as likely to become inventors as those from below-median income families.” (more)

Finding the Sweet Spot Between Defeatism and Utopianism When Setting School Standards

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli

“I do support the Common Core, which is designed to get students to “college and career readiness” by the end of high school. But I also see that goal as aspirational; I don’t believe we should actually deny diplomas to young people who gain basic skills and pass their classes but don’t reach that lofty level. Nor do I think that we should force all students to take a college-prep course of study all the way through twelfth grade. How do I square this circle? Am I hypocrite for claiming to support high expectations while not being willing to enforce those expectations when it comes to crunch time?” (more)