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Executive Functioning and Self-Discipline

Executive Functioning and Self-Discipline
Executive functioning has become a popular term to help parents and educators come to terms with their continual failure to get children to perform to standard levels of performance or proficiency, either their own defined standards or global standards, despite the highest per pupil spending in the world. With all this money pouring into education, and an ability to slot only so many children into... 

It’s Time for a New Education Model

It's Time for a New Education Model
Despite revolutionary innovations in most industries (e.g., communications, medicine, transportation) over the past two hundred years that have forced firms to continuously adapt and improve in order to satisfy customers, the education industry has resisted change. There are over 55 million children attending one of over 132,000 primary or secondary schools in the United States. The overwhelming super... 

What If a Child Does Not Want to Learn (Part 2 of 2)

What If a Child Does Not Want to Learn (Part 2 of 2)
The most important thing a parent can do to ensure a child has a desire to learn is to never allow them to believe that education only occurs in big concrete buildings filled with teachers. Nothing destroys the desire to learn more than being put in a box and being yelled at by people indifferent to the ultimate success (however you may define it) of a child. For most children, schools are where ambition,... 

Sit Down, Shut Up and Learn

Sit Down, Shut Up and Learn
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.  The program is intended to encourage better coordination, clearer learning standards and increased access to early learning programs for low income and disadvantaged children. Like... 
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