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How Much Time Do Students Worldwide Spend In Classrooms?

Where are children going to school the longest? The graphic below looks at primary to tertiary education life expectancy around the globe.
There are 8 countries where students spend an average of 17-20 years in school: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Finland 
There are 5 countries where students spend an average of 0-5 years in school: Senegal, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Niger
The vast majority of countries for which data was available show that students spend between 10-15 years in school on average
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How Much Time Do Students Worldwide Spend In Classrooms?

Where are children going to school the longest? The graphic below looks at primary to tertiary education life expectancy around the globe.

  • There are 8 countries where students spend an average of 17-20 years in school: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Finland
  • There are 5 countries where students spend an average of 0-5 years in school: Senegal, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Niger
  • The vast majority of countries for which data was available show that students spend between 10-15 years in school on average
Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Plenty of plagiarism is intentional (though it’s hard to know how much cheating is really happening). Many of the matches Turnitin finds come from paper mills, cheat sites and its own paper database. And, as the technology improves, some students intent on cheating will find ways to outsmart it. But with the company adding 300,000 student papers a day, intentional plagiarism is riskier than ever.
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Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Plenty of plagiarism is intentional (though it’s hard to know how much cheating is really happening). Many of the matches Turnitin finds come from paper mills, cheat sites and its own paper database. And, as the technology improves, some students intent on cheating will find ways to outsmart it. But with the company adding 300,000 student papers a day, intentional plagiarism is riskier than ever.

The Cost of Raising & Educating Kids

The average cost of raising a child from birth through age 18 is about $250,000 (excluding the cost of birth, college, and lost wages in between) or $13,900 per year. That Department of Agriculture estimate includes an extra bedroom and some transportation cost which, for some families, may not be a marginal cost. But it is still breathtakingly high–about a quarter of annual median income of $54,000.
While more than 90% of parents take advantage of free public education, they and other citizens pay for it through income and property tax (and, for college, lots of student loan debt). The grand total of $32,600 to raise a kid raises questions about economic sustainability. The disproportionality that falls on low income families raises questions about equity.

The Cost of Raising & Educating Kids

The average cost of raising a child from birth through age 18 is about $250,000 (excluding the cost of birth, college, and lost wages in between) or $13,900 per year. That Department of Agriculture estimate includes an extra bedroom and some transportation cost which, for some families, may not be a marginal cost. But it is still breathtakingly high–about a quarter of annual median income of $54,000.

While more than 90% of parents take advantage of free public education, they and other citizens pay for it through income and property tax (and, for college, lots of student loan debt). The grand total of $32,600 to raise a kid raises questions about economic sustainability. The disproportionality that falls on low income families raises questions about equity.

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Voices From Inside a School With No Racial Majority

Valley Point MS

As of last school year, white students no longer make up the majority of students at Valley Point Middle School in Dalton, Ga.—a small Southern town near the Tennessee border. This shift reflects one that is taking place nationwide for the first time this school year, as projections show U.S. schools becoming ‘majority minority’ for the first time this school year. Although there is a sizable population of Latinos at Valley Point, there is currently no racial majority. Hear what school administrators, teachers, and students at the middle school have to say about the school’s diverse population.

With School Closed, Teachers and Volunteers in Ferguson Work to Fill Gap

More than a week after protests erupted here after the shooting death of Michael Brown, prompting school officials to delay the start of classes for fear of violence, this was, in effect, the Ferguson school system. Teachers and others are volunteering to provide some instruction to the students, who so far have missed a week of school.

All told, though, the efforts were reaching relatively few of the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s roughly 11,000 students, three-quarters of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Last year, in statewide evaluations, the district scored just shy of the goal the state has set for districts to remain accredited. Students in districts that lose accreditation may have the option to attend a school in another district, taking state education funds with them. Ferguson-Florissant remains accredited and has two more rounds of annual evaluations, which are based on test scores and other factors, to gain enough points to keep its good standing.

ACT Releases College & Career Readiness Report

Nationally, 1,845,787 students—or 57% of the 2014 USgraduating class—took the ACT. This represents an 18%increase in the number of ACT-tested graduates since 2010.

Key findings:
Gains in achievement are common in
states that create an educational culture focused on college
states that create an educational culture focused on college and career readiness
Schools need to improve in reading and science

ACT Releases College & Career Readiness Report

Nationally, 1,845,787 students—or 57% of the 2014 US
graduating class—took the ACT. This represents an 18%
increase in the number of ACT-tested graduates since 2010.

Key findings:

  • Gains in achievement are common in
    states that create an educational culture focused on college
    states that create an educational culture focused on college and career readiness
  • Schools need to improve in reading and science
Back to School Anxiety

Back to school anxiety is common. Anxiety is the body’s way of alerting us to respond to dangerous or stressful events. It isn’t always a bad emotion, it can actually be helpful. Anxiety can help us stay focused, motivated and move us into action. So your teen may need to go through the feelings of anxiety in order to mentally prepare for the first day of school. Some teens have a harder time adjusting than others. 

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Back to School Anxiety

Back to school anxiety is common. Anxiety is the body’s way of alerting us to respond to dangerous or stressful events. It isn’t always a bad emotion, it can actually be helpful. Anxiety can help us stay focused, motivated and move us into action. So your teen may need to go through the feelings of anxiety in order to mentally prepare for the first day of school. Some teens have a harder time adjusting than others.

image via flickr:CC | Mari Z

Imaging Study Shows How Children Memorize Facts

“As children learn basic arithmetic, they go from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory,” researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine said. “The shift comes more easily for some kids than for others, but no one knows why,” the researchers said.
The study also adds to previous research into the differences between how children’s and adults’ brains solve math problems, he noted. Children use certain brain regions, including the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, very differently from adults when the two groups are solving the same types of math problems, the study showed.

Imaging Study Shows How Children Memorize Facts

“As children learn basic arithmetic, they go from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory,” researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine said. “The shift comes more easily for some kids than for others, but no one knows why,” the researchers said.

The study also adds to previous research into the differences between how children’s and adults’ brains solve math problems, he noted. Children use certain brain regions, including the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, very differently from adults when the two groups are solving the same types of math problems, the study showed.

Children’s drawings indicate later intelligence, study shows

How 4-year-old children draw pictures of a child is an indicator of intelligence at age 14, according to a new study. The researchers studied 7,752 pairs of identical and non-identical twins and found that the link between drawing and later intelligence was influenced by genes.
"The correlation is moderate, so our findings are interesting, but it does not mean that parents should worry if their child draws badly. Drawing ability does not determine intelligence, there are countless factors, both genetic and environmental, which affect intelligence in later life."

Children’s drawings indicate later intelligence, study shows

How 4-year-old children draw pictures of a child is an indicator of intelligence at age 14, according to a new study. The researchers studied 7,752 pairs of identical and non-identical twins and found that the link between drawing and later intelligence was influenced by genes.

"The correlation is moderate, so our findings are interesting, but it does not mean that parents should worry if their child draws badly. Drawing ability does not determine intelligence, there are countless factors, both genetic and environmental, which affect intelligence in later life."