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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

In a wired world, summer camp is one of the last phone-free zones. But campers, staff and especially parents don't always appreciate the message.

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Does Algebra Do More Harm Than Good? Community Colleges Rethink Requirements

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, wants to kick loose the requirement of algebra for non-STEM majors.

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Are Grades Diverting Focus From Real Learning?

Grades help parents stay abreast of their student's progress, but theymay also be taking the focus away from learning.

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‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

Should I use antibacterial soaps? How often should I bathe my child? Those are just some of the questions Jack Gilbert, a microbiome scientist, answers in his new book.

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Moms Of Teens Can Benefit From Social Support, Just Like New Moms

Social support networks can help mothers of teenagers navigate through difficulties and maintain closeness with their children, researchers have found.

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MIT’s Scratch Program Is Evolving For Greater, More Mobile Creativity

Developers at MIT Media Lab are gearing up to release a new version of Scratch that works on mobile devices, can be integrated with physical objects, and that is lighter and faster.

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4 Tools to Boost Communication Skills in the STEM Classroom

Strong communication skills are fundamental to success in STEM fields. These four tools can help students better communicate complex issues to peers and others around the world.

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How Small School Districts Are Making Personalized Learning A Reality

A tiny Idaho town is pushing the envelope in personalized education by giving kids lots of laptop time and removing grade levels.

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Why It’s Imperative Educators Resist The Lure Of The Single Story

Most people's lives are nuanced and complex, resisting a single narrative. When educators can amplify the stories of "limitless potential" they can help break down damaging stereotypes about...

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Study: Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn’t Necessarily Hold Them Back

Grade retention has mixed results for school performance, a large study of students in Florida shows.

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7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

Education consultant and speaker Alan November says if we want to move education forward, school leaders must start hiring teachers who are globally connected, embrace messy problems and aren't...

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Physics for Babies? Books That Expand Science Understanding

Chris Ferrie's board books introduce subjects like rocket science, quantum physics and general relativity to toddlers and babies. What can parents do to make the concepts resonate?

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7 Books That Teach Kids About Social Justice and Activism

Looking for books to feed your child's curiosity and ignite the social activist inside of them? Here's our list of children's books to keep your child occupied all summer long.

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How Online Camps Help Kids Stay Connected to STEM Skills and Mentors Year-Round

Online camps where kids can play Minecraft and learn coding skills are helping youths stay connected to a community of learners.

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