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New study backs academic rigor for preschoolers. Oh, please.

Here we go again.<p>A new study finds that preschool classrooms — those in which teachers provide “high doses” of activities “emphasizing language, preliteracy and math concepts” — give “positive” academic benefits to children as measured by standardized tests, and that black students generally get a …

Education

Education Technology – Step out of your comfort zone, by Natalie Burgess

<i>This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador, who discusses the best way to grow as a</i> …

The Ed Tech Market Map: 90+ Startups Building The Future Of Education

If you are a startup in the ed tech industry, add or edit your profile directly in the CB Insights Editor to get in front of our research team. Deals …

Education Technology

Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something

The ways some “healthy voice hearers” cope might be able to help people with psychotic disorders.<p>Jessica Dorner was lying in bed at her cousin’s house when her grandmother, a “pushy lady” in an apron who had been dead for several years, appeared in front of her. “I know you can see me,” Jessica …

Mental Health

Why are nursery rhymes both a blessing for parents and important to children?

As evening sets in and parents put their children to bed, many resort to singing nursery rhymes to lull them off to sleep.<p>But nursery rhymes are not …

Kids

Nearly every rich country guarantees at least one year of early childhood education—except the US

Fifteen years ago, the US, the UK and Germany sent roughly the same share of kids into early childhood education or care.<p>Today, the US lags far behind. Only 68% of American four-year olds are enrolled in education or care, compared to an OECD average of 86%. Only three OECD countries fare worse: …

Education

No single moms please

Johannesburg - A single mother’s complaint to the Gauteng Education Department about discrimination has put Saxonwold Primary School’s admissions …

Australia is still lagging on some aspects of early childhood education

The OECD’s latest Starting Strong report provides an update on early childhood education opportunities across the developed world, and a fresh …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Never Do Any of These 9 Things | Inc.com

If you're less than happy with your life -- either personally or professionally -- the problem isn't education, upbringing , a lack of opportunities, being held back by other people, or even bad luck.<p>If you're unhappy, the problem is you. While approximately 50 percent of your happiness (your …

Self-improvement

147 Entrepreneurs Told Me Their Keys to Success. Here Are the Top 3 | Inc.com

Smart entrepreneurs are always on the hunt for ways to grow their businesses. That's one of the reasons why they'll try to pick the brains of successful business owners. They want to learn the success secrets, or the one or two magic tactics that will make all the positive difference in their …

Entrepreneurship

Why I make my toddlers do chores

When I was growing up in the '80s, it was rare to meet a child who didn't have a list of household chores he was expected to complete on a daily …

Parenting

Free Play or Flashcards? New Study Nods to More Rigorous Preschools

A group of students at Woodside Community School in Queens peered up at their teacher one morning this month, as she used an overhead projector to display a shape.<p>It looked like a basic geometry lesson one might find in any grade school, except for the audience: They were preschoolers, seated …

Education

8 Things Successful People Do Every Day That Most People Ignore | Inc.com

During the four-year process of starting and scaling SkyBell, I have had the pleasure of meeting some remarkably successful people. Whether it's a potential investor or the CEO of a company with which we could become partners, I'm lucky to have had a front-row seat to a diverse set of individuals …

Self-improvement

10 Thought Leaders You Should Be Following to Be More Successful | Inc.com

People are spending an enormous amount of time each day checking social media. A recent study showed teens are spending as much as nine hours a day, and the average person is spending roughly two hours.<p>In today's fast-paced, content-saturated world, who you choose to follow is massively important …

Self-improvement

Psychology shows it’s a big mistake to base our self-worth on our professional achievements

Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success. Popular thinking holds that a person who went to Harvard is smarter and better than someone who attended Ohio State; that a father who stays at home with his kids is contributing less to society than a man who …

Your Brain Will Start To Eat Itself After Chronic Sleep Deprivation

"Think about how difficult focusing and reasoning becomes after a night spent awake"<p>Workaholics who regularly pull all-nighters aren’t just burning …

Neuroscience

The worst-paying jobs for college grads boast this sneaky advantage

<b>By Danielle Paquette,</b> <i>The Washington Post</i><p>The job title “Wall Street trader” once evoked sleek suits, martini-soaked lunches and chaotic offices – a …

New York City

Tetris-inspired kindergarten was built for play

Colorful clerestory windows bring natural light<p>For decades, the block-like puzzle pieces of Tetris have supplied creative inspiration for artists, architects, and furniture makers around the globe. But the new Tetris Nursery in Seoul, South Korea is an especially playful take on the genre. Designed …

I Thought My Kid Didn’t Need Preschool. I Was Wrong.

Back when I was a first-time mom who knew everything about stellar parenting (yes, I’ll wait while your eyes finish rolling), I was sure my son …

8 things successful people do when they don't like someone

Unless you're a genetic anomaly, it's likely you will meet people you don't like throughout your lifetime. Whether it's your mother-in-law or one of …

10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to …

Mindfulness

The mental health crisis could be tackled by reintroducing spirituality instead of focusing on material gain

Britain is in the grip of a mental health crisis. Millions are beset with anxiety and despair which statistics can confirm in depressing detail. …

Brain activity in people who’ve taken psychedelics like LSD shows what might be 'heightened consciousness'

Is there anything psychedelic drugs can't do? A recent wave of scientific scrutiny has revealed that they can elicit "spiritual" experiences, alleviate end-of-life angst, and perhaps treat depression— and they might achieve at least some of all this by "heightening consciousness", according to a …

Consciousness