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Kids need physical education – even when they can’t get it at school

Kids need physical education – even when they can’t get it at school

The Conversation – Collin A. Webster When I noticed my 12-year-old son was spending about seven hours a day doing his school work online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I immediately became concerned. As a researcher who focuses on how to get kids to be more physically active, I knew my son and his classmates were spending too much time sedentary. Read...
The Science of Language Is As Complex As Learning a Language

The Science of Language Is As Complex As Learning a Language

Northrop Gruman – Albert McKeon At some point in early childhood you started to connect the sounds and shapes of words with their meanings. Using words to initially express basic needs and wants — warm food or your favorite blanket — you eventually moved to advanced stages of relaying thoughts and feelings, slowly but surely developing a foundation of language. Odds are you rarely thought about the science of language until you actually studied English or attempted to learn a second language. Read...
Digital homeschooling: we need to rethink our worries about children’s screen time

Digital homeschooling: we need to rethink our worries about children’s screen time

The Conversation – Andy Miah We’ve spent the last decade being anxious about the increasing amount of time young people spend in front of screens. However, in the last two months, children have been encouraged to dive into digital like never before. This has thrown up all kinds of questions about how to keep well online in a time where being outside and together in physical space has been impossible. Read...
Every Child Should Learn How To Play Chess & Here’s Why

Every Child Should Learn How To Play Chess & Here’s Why

Moms – Anupama Subramaniyam Let’s be honest – your child would rather play a game of basketball outside, or some video games, or scroll through social media. Chess is a game that takes a long time to finish, with slow but critically thought out moves, and lots of strategy involved. Is your child ready to sit for a few hours and plan out how to move some pieces on a board to win? They better be, because chess can improve children’s lives in multiple ways. Read...
The Power of Prior Knowledge

The Power of Prior Knowledge

Language Magazine – Gene Kerns According to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading?grade=4), approximately a third of students across grade levels demonstrated reading proficiency. The precise figures were 35% in fourth grade, 34% in eighth grade, and 37% in twelfth grade, reflecting a decrease in the fourth and eighth grades since 2017, following decades of flatlining. These figures make it tempting to slide into doom and gloom about literacy and education in America. Read...