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What Happens When an Ex-Google Executive Creates a School System? Emma Eisner, a 12-year-old with short hair dyed green in parts, has roped off an area around an art project she’s building from cardboard.

What Happens When an Ex-Google Executive Creates a School System?

“Go away, child,” reads a handwritten sign to ward off classmates. At about 10-feet long and 3-feet tall, the white structure looks like it could be a spaceship or maybe an elaborate tunnel. Actually, she says, "It's about how the human quest for knowledge has turned the world inside out.” There are no desks in the classroom, just some tables pushed together on one side of the room. Children who spend time with their fathers have a higher IQ.

The findings, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, show that those children whose fathers spent more time with them had a higher IQ and were more socially mobile than those who had received little attention.

Children who spend time with their fathers have a higher IQ

The differences were still detectable by the age of 42. Dr Daniel Nettle, who led the research, said: "What was surprising about this research was the real sizeable difference in the progress of children who benefited from paternal interest and how thirty years later, people whose dads were involved are more upwardly mobile. "The data suggest that having a second adult involved during childhood produces benefits in terms of skills and abilities that endure throughout adult life," he added. Jon Davies, chief executive for Families Need Fathers, said: "We hope that research like this will lead to the government to reconsider how poorly served separated families often are and how a child needs a father as well as mother. " Quote about Adventure.

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? : NPR Ed. More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? : NPR Ed

But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff". There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. Sign Up. Leading teaching and learning through professional learning - ACEL. Leaders - Price Waterhouse Coopers. Happiness Hacks: The 10 Most Unexpected Ways to Be Happy. We love happiness at Buffer.

Happiness Hacks: The 10 Most Unexpected Ways to Be Happy

We’ve renamed customer support as customer happiness. Happiness is baked into our culture and values and the DNA of every person who works on the team. Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating. How language can affect the way we think. Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?)

How language can affect the way we think

Might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For instance, he points out, in Chinese, saying “this is my uncle” is not as straightforward as you might think. In Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. The language requires that you denote the side the uncle is on, whether he’s related by marriage or birth and, if it’s your father’s brother, whether he’s older or younger. “All of this information is obligatory. This got Chen wondering: Is there a connection between language and how we think and behave? While “futured languages,” like English, distinguish between the past, present and future, “futureless languages” like Chinese use the same phrasing to describe the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Malaysia drops English language teaching. Malaysia has decided to abandon a six-year experiment in using English in state schools to teach maths and ­science.

Malaysia drops English language teaching

The plan was intended to produce a new generation of global communicators, but government officials say it has stalled attainment and exposed a dearth of teachers able to deliver classes in English. Education minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced last Wednesday that the English-medium education policy introduced across the country in 2003, known as PPSMI, would be phased out from 2012. He said that evidence gathered during a year-long assessment and public consultation had convinced the government that PPSMI wasn't working, and that the dominance of English in the curriculum risked undermining students' grasp of their first language.

TV Special: TED Talks Education. 15 Ways to Overcome Procrastination and Get Stuff Done (Infographic) If you never start, you’ll never have a chance to fail.

15 Ways to Overcome Procrastination and Get Stuff Done (Infographic)

But you’ll never have a chance to succeed, either. So stop pretending you haven’t failed by not trying. Stop procrastinating and go for it. Neil Gershenfeld: Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab. Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me. TED - A funny, provocative talk on why we're often afraid... Summary_report_COBIS2014.pdf. Secret Teacher: Sats stress is crushing children's love of learning. It’s funny really, we’ve all been there.

Secret Teacher: Sats stress is crushing children's love of learning

We all remember sitting on the carpet with our legs crossed, listening wide-eyed to our teachers reading a book to us in class. That’s what many of us recall about primary school – how fun it was and how free we were to explore our ideas. In many ways, that’s the point; to immerse our children in a world where learning is fun, to open up their imaginations and encourage them to be inquisitive in a safe space. As Socrates said, education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Sir Ken Robinson: ‘The education system is a dangerous myth’

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