News Beyond the Ridge: December
Many people love catching up on their education-related reading during the Advent season and over Christmas Break, so we’ve compiled a nice list of links to articles which might interest you. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday season! Subjects in this group include college admissions, boys and reading, the value of handwriting, introverts, moral decision-making, and more!)
Field Notes From This Year’s Application Season
(The New York Times, December 8 )
“To get an on-the-ground glimpse of this year’s admissions cycle, The Choice reached out this week to a handful of college counselors across the country to hear what trends they had been observing.
While our survey was unscientific, it brought into focus some themes, including increased applicant interest in public colleges – both in and out of state – and an apparent rise in the number of students who have been filing applications early this year, sometimes at the prodding of the colleges themselves.
As Kelly Sortino, director of college counseling at Crystal Springs Uplands School, a private school near San Francisco, wrote in an e-mail…”
Bad Online Behavior Jeopardizes Students’ College Plans
(Education Week, December 8 )
The number of college-admissions officials using social-networking sites to learn more about applicants quadrupled over the past year.
Web Tutors Become Stars Far From Classroom
(The New York Times, December 11)
(London, England) — “Not that long ago Salman Khan thought YouTube was only “for cats playing the piano. No place for serious mathematics.” With more than 3.5 million students watching his educational videos every month, the founder of Khan Academy has long since changed his mind.
While living in Boston Mr. Khan began the online academy as a way of tutoring his cousins in New Orleans in mathematics. It has grown exponentially, helped by hordes of grateful parents whose dim memories of algebra or trigonometry are not enough to help with their children’s homework. While Khan Academy is the most widely known, there are a host of similar Web sites aimed at students and teachers.
Reading and Math is Stifling Curriculum, Say Teachers
(EducationNews.org, December 10)
“As federal and state policymakers prepare to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era comes to a close, new research by Common Core shows that two-thirds of public school teachers believe that a concentration on English and mathematics within the curriculum has forced focus away from other core academic subjects, such as social studies, science, foreign languages, and the arts.”
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Phone: A Case for Writing Things Out
(Fast Company, December 4)
There’s all kinds of advice across the web about when to use which app for each small thing that needs doing. But the advocates for using paper to complete certain tasks are not so loud (you can’t hear them typing, among other things). Yet a Forrester Research survey of business professionals found that 87 percent of them supplement gadgets with paper productivity, and 47 percent thought their personal and company efficiency would improve with better note-taking.
Athletic Trainers Suggest How to Prevent Sudden Death in Youth Sports
(Education Week, December 6)
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association released a first-of-its-kind position statement today on sudden death in youth sports, combining 10 older position statements from the organization into one 14-page document.
Youth Sexting Not All That Common, Reports Find
(Education Week, December 6)
Illegal actions involving sexting befall a relatively small number of youth Internet users nationally, according to two reports from the University of New Hampshire. But the reports focus on transmission of videos and pictures, and don’t address sexually explicit text-based messages that might also be sent via smartphone, computer, or other electronic communication.
Would You Kill One Person to Save Five Others?
(Futurity, December 6)
A new study suggests a vast majority of people are willing to violate a moral rule if it means minimizing harm, in this case letting one person die to save five others.
Why Does the SAT Endure?
(The New York Times, December 4)
“If, as critics claim, the test can be gamed, why are the scores still so meaningful to college admissions officials, and does the SAT put students who can’t afford to take prep classes at a disadvantage?”
Introversion: The Often Forgotten Factor
(SENGifted.org, November 2003… shared by an introverted faculty member)
Introverts are different from extraverts and this difference is very difficult for the extravert to understand because they do not operate in that fashion. And because they do not understand it, many continually try to help the introvert become more social, more gregarious, more outgoing, and have more fun from the extravert perspective. Such is the situation of the introvert, a minority in the regular population but a majority in the gifted population
Income and Gender Gap in College Attainment Widens
(Education Week, December 6)
Your odds of going to college and finishing are much greater if you are a woman and from a family with money. While not particularly a news flash to many, a study by University of Michigan researchers traces these trends back more than 70 years and documents growing gaps in attainment by income and gender.
Helping Teens Manage Sleep
(Education Week, November 28)
As I bumped into friends with college-age kids home over the long weekend, I found myself asking them if their children were exhausted. Many were. Others might have been tired, but still found time to go out with their high school friends to the wee hours of the morning much to their parents’ chagrin.
Giving Boys a Love of Reading
(Huffington Post, November 18)
Boys are different when it comes to reading. Which doesn’t mean that some boys don’t devour books from day one, and girls who never find the joy. But, overall, by their senior year of high school boys have fallen nearly 20 points behind their female peers in reading, says Pam Allyn, author of Pam Allyn’s Best Books for Boys, among other reading titles.