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Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor. Featured Human Rights 

Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor.

United States (OW) – We’d be a better country if we didn’t rig the game against those whose only mistake was to be born to poor parents. We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous. And it’s true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty grows up to become the president of the United States, a multi-billionaire, or an Olympic gold Read More

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The Evils Of Reading: A Short History of Literacy Education Featured Literature 

The Evils Of Reading: A Short History of Literacy

World (FEE) – It’s Peak Reading Season: too hot to go outside, too lethargic to do much inside, no holidays coming up for a while. Polls and anecdotes are probably telling you that reading is on the decline – people just don’t read like they used to! – but it turns out that depends on what demographic you’re looking at, and it’s a bit embarrassing for the old people shaking their heads over “kids these days.” The modern obsession with reading is just that: a modern obsession. If you’re looking at people over the age of 65, your thought is right. Read More

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Deep Thinking Students Dissatisfied and Disengaged Education 

Deep Thinking Students Dissatisfied and Disengaged

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Because American parents, teachers, and government leaders value education so highly, they have long impressed its importance upon the minds of their offspring. But the rise of various distractions in recent years – not the least of which is digital entertainment – have caused many to strive to make learning more interesting, active, and fun. In short, Americans want to be sure that education is engaging. So, just how successful have Americans been in making school engaging, particularly to teenagers? That question was recently asked in a study on student engagement produced by The Thomas B. Fordham Read More

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Summer Reading Programs: Teaching Kids To Hate Reading Since 1895 Education Featured 

Summer Reading Programs: Teaching Kids To Hate Reading Since 1895

United States (FEE) – Libraries are ideal examples of local, self-directed learning hubs that support all members of a community in learning naturally, without coercion. Late-nineteenth century steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, who created many of the first public libraries, stated: “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” This is why I believe that their summer reading programs are beneath them. Teaching Kids to Hate Reading Library summer reading programs, while typically voluntary, follow a “schooling” model of education instead of the “learning” Read More

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Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning Education 

Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Over the weekend, I had an interesting chat with a friend about her daughter’s preschool program. She confessed to me that she couldn’t wait until the school year was over, for the preschool program dominated their lives. The schedule, she explained, interfered with other outside learning opportunities. At the same time, one of the main things her daughter was learning in the program was how to line up – perfect for fostering an environment of compulsion, but not for encouraging creativity or an enthusiasm for learning. Unfortunately, this attitude of toeing the line is Read More

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May Madness: School Stress Causing Mental Illness In Children Education Featured 

May Madness: School Stress Causing Mental Illness In Children

World (FEE) – May can be a particularly dangerous month for schoolchildren. According to 13 years of recent data collected on mental health emergency room visits at Connecticut Children’s Mental Health Center in Hartford, May typically has the most. Under Pressure Boston College psychology professor, Peter Gray, looked more closely at this data and found that children’s mental health is directly related to school attendance. Dr. Gray found that children’s psychiatric ER visits drop precipitously in the summer and rise again once school begins. The May spike likely coincides with end-of-school academic and social pressures. The suicide rate among 10 Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk Activism Badass Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk

Ukraine (Global Voices) – “I don’t really like Europe. In Europe, 99 percent of things are finished; here, there is work to be done,” says Oksana Oliinyk, standing in the small Soviet-era shop she and her husband Orest have just opened in the village of Khrystanivka in east-central Ukraine. Behind her are five rows of shelves she’s populating with books—the building blocks of the village’s first library. “A man came to the shop today and saw them, and I told him they are free to take away,” she says. “He told me he doesn’t have time to read because he works. Read More

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Encouragement: The Key to Student Success Featured Good News 

Encouragement: The Key to Student Success

United Kingdom (University of Cambridge) –‘Big data’ study finds that children from families with limited education have strongest long-term response to teacher encouragement, and are more likely to progress to university as a result. “The relationships teachers develop with students are real engines for social mobility.” Ben Alcott Schoolchildren who receive words of encouragement from a teacher are significantly more likely to continue their education beyond the age of 16 than those who do not, a new study suggests. The influence of teacher encouragement appears to be much greater on students whose own parents never progressed past compulsory education – an Read More

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