Category: School & Teaching

Children Whose Parents Attend Parenting Classes Do Better in School

– According to some research, children of parents who attend parenting classes have better chances to succeed in school. Four years ago, UK Prime Minister David Cameron launched a parenting program in order to coach low-income families in this domain. With a disappointing result: while the government hoped to enroll …
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The Size of a Family Can Affect Both the Behavior and School Achievement of Children

– According to a new study conducted by economists Chinhui Juhn, Yona Rubinstein, and C. Andrew Zuppann, the size of a family can affect the behavior and achievement of children. Using data from two surveys conducted between 1986 and 2012, the researchers wanted to know if and how the number …
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Are Female Teachers Responsible for the Lack of Interest of Girls in STEM?

– Is the shortage of women in STEM jobs due to the anxiety and unconscious bias of female teachers about those disciplines? Although research has shown that girls can perform as well as boys in science, math, technology and engineering, the widespread and tenacious bias against female students persists, even starting as early …
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Many Jobs of the Future Require Strong STEM Skills

– Students of the great New Orleans region (Louisiana) are still struggling in transitioning from school to their professional career, especially into highly technical jobs whose number is rising fast, a trend expected to continue in the future. In the great New Orleans region, over the next 10 years only, …
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STEM Gender Gap: Only 18% of Computer Science Degrees in the U.S. Go to Women

– In the U.S. today, only 18% of computer science degrees go to women – down from 37% thirty years ago. On the other hand, by 2020 the country will need 1.2 million jobs requiring this kind of competencies. All around the world, the number of women graduating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and …
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Why Math and Science Are So Important in Early Childhood Education

– While, fortunately, math and science instruction gains ground in elementary and secondary grades, this alas is not yet the case in a vast majority of preschools and early childhood settings. According to a study that observed preschool classrooms during a six-hour day, only 58 seconds were devoted to mathematics. …
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Math Learning: How to Become a Mathemagician

– Arthur T. Benjamin, a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, became famous as​ the “mathemagician” for his magic shows ​in which he performs​ lightning-speed mental calculations. In his new book, The Magic of Math: Solving x and Figuring Out Why, Benjamin writes about the greatest aspects of math. Even if he recognizes that math is …
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How and Why Computers Are Hurting Reading and Learning

– Interestingly, according to a new report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), children in countries where they have a good level of Internet and computer proficiency, are not so good in reading. The results of the study show that the more computers are used at school, the worse are the students …
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Why Summer Break Should Be Shorter and the School Year Longer

– Today, most schools still operate according to the old agrarian calendar that includes a generous 12-week Summer break in the middle. During those interminable vacations, most children are watching TV and playing video games in their pajamas until noon, slowly but surely forgetting a significant part of the precious …
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Detrimental Math Learning Fads

– According to Tara Houle, a parent advocate and publisher of a math petition in the British Columbia province of Canada, “21st century learning” is the latest trend favored by education leaders, which focuses on big ideas rather than learning multiplication tables. A trend which may dumb down the next generation. …
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