Category: School & Teaching

Even the Best Children Need to Be Challenged

- In order to boost the numbers of potential great achievers, especially in the field of science and technology, educators can do better at discovering, supporting and stimulating the most skilled pupils. In the USA, K-12 education programs do not sufficiently back the students with evident capacities and/or showing interest in those areas.  – …
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ChildUp Early Learning Quote #221: In the End, the Benefits of Redshirting Are Washed Out…

       

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Environmental Factors Like Family Life and School Have as Much Impact as Genetics in the Intellectual Development of a Child

- Many of the genes that influence how well children can read also affect their math skills. Recent research suggests that 50% of the genes that shape the literacy skills of 12 year-old children are related to their mathematics abilities. Although genes are fundamental elements in brain development, environmental factors like family life and …
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Do Children Still Need to Learn Handwriting?

- Some educators regard technology as the panacea while the others worry over the threat of giving up true fundamental human experiences in favor of digital superficiality. A recent article by Maria Konnikova was published in the New York Times, therein – with the support of several studies – she  argued for the importance of teaching handwriting to our children. – …
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Asian Parents Place More Importance in their Children’s Math Skills

- According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea got the top rankings in math, while the UK and the USA lag behind, respectively at the 26th and 36th places. This is an issue when the demand for good numerical skills by employers in many fields – …
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Reading Practice May Be The Best Way to Heal Dyslexia

- One big issue encountered by children with dyslexia (and by their parents and teachers) is the fear that their reading difficulties are genetically set and hopeless. A recent study offers some relief by suggesting that reading practice has a determining influence on the development of the disorder; normal and dyslexic brains may not be as much different as was previously …
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Why Common Core Math Is So Important

- G. Michael Guy, a professor of mathematics at the City University of New York (CUNY), says that high school graduates need better knowledge in basic math concepts. He has personally observed how the public K-12 schools have failed to prepare students for college-level math, limiting their potential - a serious disadvantage to them and to the whole society. - Of …
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The “Tiger Mother” Effect: Why Asian Children Get Better Grades Than their White Classmates

- A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences disclosed that Asian schoolchildren get better academic results because they exert more effort and not because they are more intelligent. Researchers noted that when Asian-American children begin school they have no major academic advantage over their white classmates, but …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: The Major Importance of Math Literacy (Numeracy)

- Among the key school subjects, math causes the most strain and anxiety. Earlier studies have shown that math anxiety is linked with bad math performance, math avoidance and many other negative attitudes about this matter, the undesirable effects of a culture that considers mathematics as difficult or worthless. - As today’s economy becomes …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: In Fact, Albert Einstein Was Not at All a Bad Student!

- Many people believe and repeat – wrongly – that Albert Einstein wasn’t good at math. Although it is true that he did not pass his college entrance exam – he actually did pass math and science (of course) but failed the other subjects – Einstein was not at all a …
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