Your Need to Daydream

The MindDon’t ignore your need to daydream.
Daydreaming puts you in the best company!
Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity. Continue reading

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Metacognition

 

metacognition

Metacognition is one of the latest buzz words in educational psychology, but what exactly is metacognition? The length and abstract nature of the word makes it sound intimidating, yet its not as daunting a concept as it might seem. Continue reading

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Education in America Today

Education in America Today

Education in America Today

“Education is at the heart of America’s Crisis
– Michael Dukakis, unsuccessful Democratic candidate in the 1988 United States presidential race. Continue reading

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John Chambers On Lifelong Learning

John Chambers On Lifelong Learning

For those of us old enough to remember when electric typewriters were the next big thing, it’s been an exciting – and oftentimes bumpy –  ride from the age of  mainframe computers and transistor radios to the era of smartphones and all-things-digital. Continue reading

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Underfunding and the US Education Crisis

Underfunding is a key component of the US education crisis.

The U.S. education system is slipping behind other nations, and the widening achievement gap between rich and poor students is threatening the country’s global competitiveness, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

The report, titled “Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecard,” lays blame at the fact school spending is distributed unequally in the United States.

While the U.S. funds its schools from property taxes on the local community — which often means more money goes to schools in high-income areas where homes are worth the most — most other developed nations divide school funding centrally by enrollment, i.e. the money is allocated evenly on a per-head basis.

“The real scourge of the U.S. education system — and its greatest competitive weakness — is the deep and growing achievement gap between socioeconomic groups that begins early and lasts through a student’s academic career,” said Rebecca Strauss, one of the report’s authors.
Read more at http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/education-US-school-spend/2013/06/21/id/511136?s=al&promo_code=13E80-1#ixzz2X4obULnr

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Facts about Home schooling

There is a movement taking place in America to take back the mind of our children.
The crisis in organized education continues to worsen, alternatives are more and more appealing.
We are in the new digital age in which education – and especially teaching young minds how to think as much as the teaching of specific subjects – does not merely give one a “leg up” in the struggle to survive, but is an absolute necessity. This is the exciting practice called home schooling.

Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education is also growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, and the United Kingdom).

· There are about 2.04 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States. It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).
Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education is also growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, and the United Kingdom).

· There are about 2.04 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States. It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).

· Families engaged in home-based education are not dependent on public, tax-funded resources for their children’s education. The finances associated with their homeschooling likely represent over $16 billion that American taxpayers do not have to spend since these children are not in public schools

· Homeschooling is quickly growing in popularity among minorities. About 15% of homeschool families are non-white/nonHispanic (i.e., not white/Anglo).
For the rest of the article go to: http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
Copyright © 2011 by Brian D. Ray

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The Educational Crisis in America Part II

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The Educational Crisis in America Part II…education in America is in a state of emergency. The 1988 Democrat presidential candidate Michael Dukakis said that the awful state of education in America was at the heart of all that was wrong with America. Continue reading

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