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How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

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If you got 13 percent back on your investments every year, you’d be pretty happy, right? Remember, the S&P 500, historically, has averaged about 7 percent when adjusted for inflation.

What if the investment is in children, and the return on investment not only makes economic sense but results in richer, fuller, healthier lives for the entire family?

That’s the crux of a new paper out Monday, The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program, co-authored by Nobel laureate James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and the director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development.

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How Science Is Rewiring The Dyslexic Brain

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The human brain naturally picks up spoken language. Not so for reading.

“You can think of the reading brain as moonlighting,” says Guinevere Eden, director of Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Learning. “Your brain will essentially take other brain areas — that were designed to do something else — and use [them] toward reading.”

 

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What Are The Main Reasons Teachers Call It Quits?

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For Ross Roberts, it was a lack of resources that drove him from the classroom. For Danielle Painton, it was too much emphasis on testing. For Sergio Gonzalez, it was a nasty political environment.

Welcome to the U.S. teaching force, where the “I’m outta here” rate is an estimated 8 percent a year — twice that of high-performing countries like Finland or Singapore. And that 8 percent is a lot higher than other professions.

The teaching force is “a leaky bucket, losing hundreds of thousands of teachers each year — the majority of them before retirement age,” says a recent report from the Learning Policy Institute.

Why are so many teachers leaving?

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Here’s How Schools Can Soften The Blow Of Sixth Grade

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Middle school is tough. Bodies change. Hormones rage. Algebra becomes a reality. But there are things schools can do to make life easier for students — like this big study we wrote about showing that K-8 schools may be better for kids than traditional middle schools.

But aside from re-configuring an entire school system, are there other ways to make the sixth-grade experience better?

To answer that question, I called up Dru Tomlin, a director at the Association for Middle Level Education — an organization that’s been researching best practices for middle grade students for decades. Tomlin knows middle school: He’s been a middle school teacher, an administrator, and he’s the parent of a seventh-grade student.

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Preschool Suspensions Really Happen And That’s Not OK With Connecticut

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This story is part of a series from NPR Ed exploring the challenges U.S. schools face meeting students’ mental health needs.

Every year, thousands of children are suspended from preschool.

Take a second to let that sink in.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 6,743 children who were enrolled in district-provided pre-K in 2013-14 received one or more out-of-school suspensions.

And that’s just public pre-K. Still more children were likely suspended from the nation’s many privately-run preschools and day cares.

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Apps That Aim To Give Parents ‘Superpowers’

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I’m hanging out with my 4-year-old daughter in the early evening, trying to keep her entertained and pull dinner together, when my phone buzzes.

Normally I’d feel guilty for checking it immediately, and distracted even if I didn’t. But this time it’s not a Twitter mention or an email from my editor. It’s a timely suggestion from an app called Muse.

Here’s what it says: “Try playing ‘Simon Says’ with L, using directional words like: behind, around, between. (ex. ‘Simon Says stand between the chairs.’)”

So we do. It’s a ton of fun. I can even call out the commands while chopping vegetables. Win-win

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