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Analysis: What Are Students’ Favorite Books? Did COVID-19 Change Their Reading Habits? Annual Report on 7 Million Kids Has Some Answers

The 74 Million – Gene Kerns In this year of distance learning, keeping track of how much students are reading has been a challenge for teachers and for parents who became temporary educators. This year’s What Kids Are Reading report looked at the reading habits of 7 million students from more than 26,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia — and found some good news. Our study, the largest, most comprehensive of its kind, revealed that those students read more than 255 million books last year. Needless to say, as with everything this year, the results were anything but typical. Read More:...

How Learning a Language Changes Your Brain

Discover Magazine – Avery Hurt If you’ve ever learned a new language — or tried to — you know how difficult it can be. Native languages seem almost built in. We soak them up naturally when we’re very young. But learning a new language, especially after early childhood, can be a huge task, burdened by long vocabulary lists and genders to memorize, complex cases and troublesome tenses to master.  Read More:...

Should All Schools Teach Financial Literacy?

The New York Times – Shannon Doyne How well do you think you manage money? Has anyone ever taught you any money-management skills? In general, how “financially literate” do you think you are? For instance, do you know how to budget and save? How to set up a bank account? Apply for financial aid and college loans? Read More:...

Why durable skills are the next big thing

E-School News – Laura Ascione Fact: Every job in every sector will require soft skills. These soft skills include what many call durable skills—professional and personal competencies that span a person’s career—and they are requested in job postings much more frequently than hard skills. Read More:...