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Gee, Parents Think Differently About Boys and Girls…(and it’s not so good)

Gee, Parents Think Differently About Boys and Girls…(and it’s not so good)

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Published: January 27, 2014 | By salty

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Wanted to share some very interesting research by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (@seththoughts) in last weekend’s New York Times and Dallas Morning News. NYT titled it, “Google Tell me. Is My Son a Genius?” DMN titled it, “Is My Son Brainy? Is My Daughter Fat.” The News’ spelling out is more jarring, but spot on. It’s a terrible […]

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Hail to the Voice Actors!

Hail to the Voice Actors!

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Published: October 18, 2013 | By salty

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Very cool article from the London Daily Telegraph saluting the great voice actors in the big Disney hits. Besides the cool pics, the line that stands out for me is from the voice of Wendy in Peter Pan and Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Kathryn Beaumont : ” Two years later she gave up acting to become […]

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Making Schooling Better: Is Anyone Listening?

Making Schooling Better: Is Anyone Listening?

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Published: September 17, 2012 | By salty

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Thanks to Ira Glass and This American Life on NPR for another fantastic report on making schools better HERE. It’s a fantastic review of “non-cognitive skills” — qualities like tenacity, resilience, impulse control — that should be vital to education but are not.  Testing ain’t everything, and there’s more proof here. It’s a unique point of view […]

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0.299 Inches

0.299 Inches

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Published: July 17, 2012 | By salty

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There is now scientific proof that TV watching causes obesity in kids. There has been much discussion regarding the report from the Universityof Montreal authors for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNP). But I’m not sure the sky is really falling. The main claim is that: Those children watching 18 or more hours […]

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Finland’s School Success Beats Ours ‘Cause They Do It Opposite From Us

Finland’s School Success Beats Ours ‘Cause They Do It Opposite From Us

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Published: December 31, 2011 | By salty

  Fascinating article in The Atlantic, What American’s Keep Ignoring About Children’s Success. We think it’s worth taking note. They are always at the top of the list, we’re always in the middle. It may well be because they do things OPPOSITE of the way we do it. There are no private schools in Finland. […]

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Bill Moyers’ Is Back (and some great art!)

Bill Moyers’ Is Back (and some great art!)

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Published: November 18, 2011 | By salty

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When I was producing that little doggie show for PBS, there was no one who impressed me more than Bill Moyers and I have been a big fan ever since first hearing him speak. Take a look at his most recent PBS KEYNOTE ADDRESS and see  the most articulate reasons for why we need PBS–and […]

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Kids have media thrust upon them…

Kids have media thrust upon them…

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Published: October 27, 2011 | By salty

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…and it’s the grown-ups in their live’s job to change that. Some fabulous reports and commentary are out regarding Common Sense Media’s research on media use by kids 0-8.   It’s called, “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America A Common Sense Media Research Study October 25, 2011.”  (You “0” kids probably come under a whole other discussion, but […]

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After 9/11 How We and The World Teach It

After 9/11 How We and The World Teach It

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Published: September 11, 2011 | By salty

There have been some very interesting comments this week about how the world teaches the events of 9/11 . There’s a great article  from Boston’s WBUR station by a Tufts Graduate Student you can see HERE. Just as importantly, how we’re teaching it at home makes one really think of the consequences as in this aritcle […]

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Kids (always) suck at history

Kids (always) suck at history

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Published: June 27, 2011 | By salty

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Someone (some thing?) once said, “sharing is caring,” so I share a great article by Nick Paumgarten in last week’s New Yorker. Everyone’s up in arms that kids today don’t know history. But apparently kids NEVER knew history. A Stanford professor shared: “…the first large-scale proficiency study—of Texas students, in 1915-16—demonstrated that many couldn’t tell […]

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Kids Need to Play

Kids Need to Play

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Published: April 3, 2011 | By salty

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We always like the opportunity to push play for kids. It’s the greatest way to learn. And the rest of the world takes some wonderful chances melding art, design, and usability. Check it out here. 

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