US Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will not seek re-election in 2016. Kline said he will continue his work to overhaul and replace No Child Left Behind and expand access to higher education while still in office.
Perfectionism -- creating high goals and standards -- may help students while in school, but it may hurt them in the workplace, according to a study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review. Students with high standards may need extra support in areas such as flexible thinking, study author Andrew Hill said.
A CDC report showed 31% of US children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder were diagnosed before age 6 and almost 50% received their diagnosis before age 7. The findings, based on interviews of about 3,000 parents of children with ADHD and 115 parents of children with Tourette's syndrome, also revealed that more than 50% of the children were diagnosed by a general pediatrician or family doctor, while only 25% of those diagnosed before age 6 received their diagnosis from a psychiatrist.
In this blog post, Lucien Vattel, founder and co-director of the PlayMaker School and CEO of nonprofit GameDesk, calls for an education system that prioritizes social and emotional development. "The fundamental design of education must be reshaped to create a society that supports its people, cares for its planetary home, thinks forward as a norm, and is filled with individuals who both think and feel beyond themselves," Vattel writes.
UK researchers found that spending an additional hour watching TV or surfing the Internet at age 14.5 reduced teens' exam scores by 9.3 points at age 16 and two extra hours led to 18 fewer points, according to a study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The findings, based on more than 800 14- and 15-year-olds, also showed students who did an extra hour of daily homework and reading scored an average of 23.1 more points than their peers.
An Alabama high school has begun purchasing laptops for students -- rather than iPads -- after a survey revealed Advanced Placement history students preferred them. Also at issue, officials said, was the high cost of the iPads. The school district now has issued the iPads to middle and elementary schools.
Linda Darling-Hammond, an emeritus professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, has launched the Learning Policy Institute. The initiative is intended to connect research with education policy, and will focus on areas such as school design, early education and teacher training.
Two elementary-school teachers in Burlington, N.C., are testing same-sex classes this year for core subjects. Male and female students still will attend homeroom, recess and certain other classes together. The teachers said they are hoping the move will raise academic achievement.
Having a curious attitude can put educators in the right frame of mind to work in a co-teaching relationship, instructional coach Elizabeth Stein writes in this blog post. She shares insights on how co-teachers benefit from curiosity and tips to foster it when working together.
One-hundred black men, among them CEOs, dentists, doctors, judges and lawyers, gathered at a Hartford, Conn., elementary school to welcome students back on the first day of school. The aim was to show students a positive image of black men. "We wanted the youth to see us as professionals in whatever capacity that's in. We wanted to give them something to aspire to," said Pastor AJ Johnson, one of the event's organizers.
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