Friday, April 10, 2015

New Belin-Blank Report, CCSS, NCLB, ADHD, More

"TOO SMART FOR THEIR SCHOOL'S OWN GOOD"? That's one take on how schools underserve five million bright students in the United States, and it's part of the debate stirred up by the publication of the Belin-Blank Center's new report, a sequel to A Nation Deceived from 2004. The update, titled A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America's Brightest Students, is a call for the increased use of acceleration options. The Des Moines Register has an article on the new report. Or, you can find out more and sign up for a copy of the report at the Belin-Blank website.

COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION. 
According to the American Institutes for Research, Kentucky adopted the Common Core in 2010, overcame challenges during the transition, and subsequently has students who have "made faster progress in learning" than under older standards. If you're following the debate on this topic, find out more.

REVISION TO NCLB. If you follow this topic, Education Week published a status report about a week ago on how negotiations look; find it.

REDUCING ADHD: MOVE UP IN THE WORLD? And not financially -- geographically. Evidently the prevalence of ADHD decreases as the altitude increases. Researchers note that breathing air with less oxygen can make the body produce higher levels of dopamine. They also point out that other factors could influence their findings. Read more.

CHILDHOOD PASSION. Seems it's the chic thing to have, as a kid. But a writer at the Motherlode blog takes issue; find the blog.

"LAZY" STUDENT? Could be your fault -- specifically, in the genes inherited from you. A twins study says that almost half of the differences in children's motivation to learn is explained by genes. This study could serve to take kids and even teachers off the hook -- at least somewhat. Read more.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Do your adolescents consume energy drinks? Caffeine overdose is a real thing, and it can even affect cardiac functioning. We know this falls into the category of "one more thing to worry about," but check out a write-up of research published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology

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