7/2/2013 – Press The Case For Pre-K Now

7/2/2013 – Press The Case For Pre-K Now

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EON Newsletters
July 3, 2013
THIS WEEK: Child Poverty Rates Keep Rising … Education Systems Stifle Creativity … China To Reduce Importance Of Testing … Pennsylvania Governor Guts Philadelphia Schools … More School Buses Charging Fees … Best Way To Puncture Student Debt Balloon

TOP STORY

The Time To Press The Case For Pre-K Is Now

By Jeff Bryant

“Making a case for universal pre-K based on economics alone is not what’s going to ultimately push the president’s pre-K initiative through … What’s going to have to happen is for pre-K proponents to make their case based on the politics. Fortunately, the politics of pre-K are starting to look better, and the timing for a concerted push for pre-K might be just about right … Compared to inactivity or continued cuts, the case for early childhood education is increasingly too difficult for politicians to ignore.”
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NEWS AND VIEWS

Child Poverty Has Risen Even As Unemployment Falls

Think Progress

“Even as unemployment has gradually declined, the child poverty rate has been on the rise … Between 2010 and 2011, the number of children living in poverty rose from 15.7 million to 16.4 million. The child poverty rate also rose from 19% to 23% from 2005 – 2011, representing an increase of 3 million children. The rates are even worse for younger kids: Children age five and under have a poverty rate of 26%. They are also worse for racial minorities: African-American children have a 39% poverty rate, almost three times that of white children … Compared to 35 other countries, the U.S. ranks second-to-last in child poverty, only faring better than Romania … Yet the country is pulling back on programs that help the poor.”
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Education System Stifles Creativity, Say Teachers, Parents

edSurge

“Testing and government mandates are stifling creativity in the classroom, according to parents and educators … More than 85% of parents and educators feel that to ‘foster creativity’ in schools will force changes in how schools work … US parents worry the most about testing, followed by US teachers … Educators in Germany, the UK and Australia put the blame on ‘the current education curriculum’ … Educators, especially in the US, also feel that they can do more to teach creativity – particularly with more resources.”
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China’s New Education Reform: Reducing Importance Of Test Scores

The Washington Post

At the blogsite of Valerie Strauss, Yong Zhao writes, “The Chinese Ministry of Education has just launched another major reform effort to reduce the importance of testing in education … ‘The tendency to evaluate education quality based simply on student test scores and school admissions rate has not been fundamentally changed,” says the document. “These problems [of evaluation] severely hamper student development as a whole person, stunt their healthy growth, and limit opportunities to cultivate social responsibilities, creative spirit, and practical abilities in students’ … The new evaluation framework attempt to end the use of test scores and success rates of sending students to higher-level schools as the only measure of education quality. Instead, it drastically broadens the scope of indicators.”
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Corbett To Philly: Fix Your Own Schools

Philadelphia City Paper

In Philadelphia’s local independent weekly, an op-ed by Daniel Denvir states, ” Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed public school ‘rescue package,’ currently making its way through the legislature, is a destructive joke … The $140 million … falls far short … The plan shifts the burden for funding city schools onto those who can least afford it.… The plan also requires a staggering $133 million in concessions from union workers … a nod to the folks who want to break Philadelphia’s teachers union … Corporate leaders have vigorously opposed business tax hikes to aid city schools … Education historian Diane Ravitch and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten sent a letter to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, urging that he intervene.”
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Districts Asking Parents To Pony Up For Bus Services

Education Week

“It’s become increasingly common for districts to contract their bus services to private providers … Many districts have begun turning to parents to foot the bill for transportation. Just this week, a private company announced it would be offering bus service for a fee to roughly 2,500 students who attend magnet and choice schools in Brevard County, FL … On the opposite coast, the 6,600-student Paso Robles district in central California … has virtually no free bus service. Most students must pay something for transportation … The 86,000-student Jefferson County, CO school system has also in recent years moved to a fee-based transportation system.”
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It’s Not Just the Interest Rate: How Congress Can Help Students

The Nation

“The best way to puncture the student debt balloon would be to limit the use of student loans in the first place – in other words, to increase grants and scholarships, ensure they’re targeted at needy families, and boost their buying power, ultimately by controlling the cost of higher education. Here are three straightforward ways to help current and future borrowers: Strengthen income-based repayment programs … Lower barriers to refinancing … Reign in abusive collection practices.”
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1 Comment

Jeff Bryant

July 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Children are not machine parts.. to be testes the same on the linear 3R subjects. Children need to understand how to manage stress. They need to learn how to focus attention. These important educational issues cannot be handled by the present educational system that promotes drugs to children. We must give the power back to the child, and we can do this by introducing biofeedback and neurofeedback by 5th grade or even sooner. This technology has been in use for forty years, and some teachers have used it very successfully with all types of problems that children have. A student with headaches can learn to relax his/her forehead muscles, a nervous student can learn to deal with emotions. A hyperactive student can learn to use the extra energy to focus on a project to show learning, better than testing all the time. A multiple choice test does NOT teach reading and comprehension. Reading and writing about what has been read, does. Creating a project about it does. Teaching is more fun, when the students are not drugged, and have the internal power to be engaged in their own multidimensional minds. We must start to teach “Self-Discovery Science” to each child. Biofeedback is one excellent way to do so. It worked in my classes many years ago, and with the newer technology, it could change both education and the healthcare costs dramatically.

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