EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW

By WEAC | Wisconsin Education Association Council

Why babies born in September may have an advantage in school

A new study that may appeal to parents of next year's kindergartners suggests that the month in which you're born may help you out in school.<p>New research into the age of children as they start kindergarten found that students who are older than most of their classmates had an academic edge over …

Education

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

Teachers have long known that rote memorization can lead to a superficial grasp of material that is quickly forgotten. But new research in the field …

The Brain

How One Group Is Working To Build A More Diverse Teaching Force

There are more nonwhite teachers than there used to be. But the nation's teaching force still doesn't look like America. One former education school dean is out to change that.<p>New research shows that the number of K-12 teachers who belong to minority groups has doubled since the 1980s, growing at a …

Education

Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.<p>It doesn’t matter if you grow up in India or China or the United States ― when it comes to learning what it means to be a girl or a boy, a …

Gender

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media

Social media is an increasingly important part of students’ lives. According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, the average teen spends over an …

Privacy

OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

As the new school year approaches, I have been thinking about some of the high-performance, high-expectations schools in which I’ve been privileged …

Education

College textbooks are going the way of Netflix

<i>This is the second in</i> The Vanishing University<i>, a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. Here is part one.</i><p>A new copy of Glenn Hubbard and Tony O’Brien’s widely used introductory economics textbook costs more than some smartphones. The phone can send you to …

Learning

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

Education

Yes, Some Questions Are Better Than Others

To appreciate that some questions are better than others, it helps to consider a few examples of questions that are <i>bad</i>.<p>To find them, try playing Twenty Questions with a young child. In trying to guess an animal, a young child might ask: Is it a koala? Is it an elephant? (Not: Is it a mammal? Does …

Psychology

Houston Students Are Heading Back—What They Find Could Change Schools Nationwide

<i>"We had a parent go by and check on the chickens. They were fine and Wilson the cat was ok too! I know many people are concerned. What a wonderful community we have."</i><p>For the staff of Wilson Montessori, a public pre-K-8 school in Houston, the days after Harvey meant tracking down members of the …

Education

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.<p>My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither …

Teaching

The Downsides of School Uniforms

My daughter’s school uniform, required by the public magnet middle school where she began sixth grade last week, is perfectly nice. It’s not so much a single uniform as a broad wardrobe of coördinated prep-wear: skirts or pants, paired with piqué polo shirts, all in “goldenrod yellow,” navy, or …

Education

Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.

Toss a dart at a map of Detroit, and the bull’s-eye, more or less, would be a tiny city called Highland Park. Only three square miles, Highland Park is surrounded by Detroit on nearly all sides, but it remains its own sovereign municipality thanks largely to Henry Ford, who started building Model …

Education

A textbook dilemma: Digital or paper?

My friend Joanne was packing her youngest child off to college this month and wrestling with a modern dilemma: Is it better to buy textbooks in …

University of Maryland

Rich kids’ grades are rising faster, and intelligence probably isn’t the reason why

It’s no secret that rich parents go to great lengths to get their kids into the best colleges. New US research may quantify just how far.<p>Research from Michael Hurwitz, a researcher from the College Board, and Jason Lee, from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, looked at …

Education

Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.

<b>YOU CAN DO ANYTHING</b> <b><br>The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education</b><br>By George Anders<br>342 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $27.<p><b>A PRACTICAL EDUCATION</b> <b><br>Why Liberal Arts Majors Make Great Employees</b><br>By Randall Stross<br>291 pp. Redwood Press. $25.<p>Surely one day the ability to interface directly with the …

Education

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

<b>By Beth Holland</b>As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may …

Pedagogy

Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress

Almost four million American teenagers have just started their freshman year of high school. Can they learn better ways to deal with all that stress and insecurity?<p>New research suggests they can. Though academic and social pressures continue to pile on in high school, teenagers can be taught …

Education

Oldest Kids In Class Do Better, Even Through College

Children who start school at an older age do better than their younger classmates and have better odds of attending college and graduating from an elite institution. That's according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.<p>Many parents already delay enrolling their children in …

Education

The Value of Bringing Drones to the Classroom

As drone-related employment opportunities expand, a Kentucky educational cooperative is finding ways to offer students the relevant training.<p>Dozens of high-school students watched as four-legged drones buzzed past each other like yellow bumblebees in a gym at Kentucky’s Hazard Community and …

Drones

What emerging research says about the promise of personalized learning

By John F. PanePersonalized learning has grown increasingly popular in recent years, encouraged in part by a 2015 RAND study showing large gains from …

Learning

The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

A recent study found that black students who have at least one black teacher do better in school. Making policy around this research is complicated.<p>Ashley McCall was teaching her third grade students about American voting rights last year when one of them asked a question she couldn’t answer: How …

Education

The High-Speed Preschool Experiment

In some districts, free summer “crash courses” are trying to meet the needs of students who can’t afford to attend traditional pre-K programs.<p>When they arrived, many of the soon-to-be kindergarteners in Miami Elementary School’s summer preschool program in Lafayette, Indiana, could not spell their …

Education

In Children's Storybooks, Realism Has Advantages

A few years ago, my daughter requested that her nightly lullaby be replaced with a bedtime story.<p>I was happy to comply, and promptly invented stories full of imaginary creatures in elaborate plots intended to convey some important lesson about patience or hard work or being kind to others.<p>But my …

Parenting

4-H Is Helping Kids Plant The Seeds For Healthy Relationships

"Remember, it's Vegas rules, guys. What happens here, stays here," says Alexander Chan to a room full of giggling high school teenagers as he goes over the ground rules for a workshop all about healthy relationships.<p>Chan's background is in marriage and family therapy. Now he's an educator with 4-H …

Relationships

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile.<p>“Let’s see,” he said one morning this spring. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. …

Education

Professor: Playtime Dwindling In American Kindergarten Classrooms

Education

Why Men Are the New College Minority

Males are enrolling in higher education at alarmingly low rates, and some colleges are working hard to reverse the trend.<p>Jessica Smith raised an arm and pointed across the lobby of the university student center like an ornithologist who had just spied a rare breed in the underbrush.<p>“There’s one,” …

Education

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

For the first time, a generation of children is going through adolescence with smartphones ever-present. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has a name for these young people born between 1995 and 2012: "iGen."<p>She says members of this generation are physically …

Mental Health