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Link found between self-control in childhood and success later in life

Medical X-Press – Bob Yirka An international team of researchers has found a link between degree of self-control during childhood and success later on in life. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describe their decades-long study of self-control in children and how it correlated with outcomes later on in life. Read More:...

Science education couldn’t be more important as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Larry Dubinski Science matters, especially in times of crisis. As modern history shows, we relied on science to help solve some of the most pressing technical challenges and identify solutions that would address major public health crises, including the Spanish flu, polio, and HIV/AIDS. In the role of bettering the human condition, science has been largely dependable. It’s been a constant. Read More:...

Brain Sides Are Both Busy in New Language Learning

The Scientific American – Staff Writer A study of adults learning a new language found that speaking primarily activated regions in the left side of the brain, but reading and listening comprehension were much more variable Read More:...

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

E-School News – Laura Ascione When we posted our 2020 predictions on January 1 last year, we–along with the majority of the world–definitely didn’t anticipate the curveball that was (and continues to be) the global COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 has been called a dumpster fire, the worst year in recent memory, and more. Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. education system. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? What can we take from this when we return to our classrooms? And will we return to our classrooms to teach in the same manner as we did before COVID? Read More:...

Financial Literacy Is More Essential Than Ever

Forbes – Mayra Rodriguez Valladares The pandemic has exposed many vulnerabilities and challenges that the United States needs to confront immediately. On a daily basis, I see those vulnerabilities in the area of financial literacy, that is, knowledge about earnings, expenditures, savings, investments, and long-term financial planning.  According to studies compiled by the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission, only one-third of adults could answer at least four of five financial literacy questions on fundamental concepts such as mortgages, interest rates, inflation and risk. About 40% of Americans turn to family, friends, or coworkers when they have a question about finances; to my knowledge there has not been a study about those individuals’ expertise about financial matters; moreover, over 20% of Americans polled by the National Financial Educators Council did not feel they had anyone they trusted when they had a question about finance. Read More:...