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Cultivating Genius in the 21st Century. Illustration: Bartholomew Cooke Most economic growth has a very simple source: new ideas.

Cultivating Genius in the 21st Century

It is our creativity that generates wealth. So how can we increase the pace of innovation? Is it possible to inspire more Picassos and Steve Jobses? The answer to that question is hidden in history books. Wendy Kopp: The Trouble With Humiliating Teachers. Updated March 7, 2012 12:11 a.m.

Wendy Kopp: The Trouble With Humiliating Teachers

ET When I dropped my kids off at school last week, I had a hard time looking their teachers in the eye. The New York City government had just posted their performance assessments online, and though I'm a strong supporter of teacher accountability and effectiveness, I was baffled and embarrassed by the decision. So-called value-added rankings—which rank teachers according to the recorded growth in their students' test scores—are an important indicator of teacher effectiveness, but making them public is counterproductive to helping teachers improve. Doing so doesn't help teachers feel safe and respected, which is necessary if they are going to provide our kids with the positive energy and environment we all hope for. Survey: Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits a Low Point. Does Preschool Matter? For many kids, the most important years of schooling come before they can even read.

Does Preschool Matter?

Consider the groundbreaking work of the Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, who has repeatedly documented the power of early childhood education. One of his best case studies is the Perry Preschool Experiment, which looked at 123 low-income African-American children from Yspilanti, Michigan. (All the children had IQ scores between 75 and 85.)

When the children were three years old, they were randomly assigned to either a treatment group, and given a high-quality preschool education, or to a control group, which received no preschool education at all. The subjects were then tracked over the ensuing decades, with the most recent analysis comparing the groups at the age of 40. Browse: Subject Area: Social Sciences. A satire on dissension and political intrigue within Andrew Jackson's administration, surrounding ...

Browse: Subject Area: Social Sciences

(more) A satire on dissension and political intrigue within Andrew Jackson's administration, surrounding the Spring 1831 resignations of several members of his Cabinet. In the center Jackson sits in a collapsing chair, labeled "The Hickory Chair is coming to pieces at last. " Seated on the arm of his chair is a rat with the head of Postmaster General William T. Barry. Subject: Humanities Social Sciences Material Type: Images and Illustrations Primary Source Collection: SnappSchool. A startup called SnappSchool is compiling a weekly rundown of the Kindergarten to 6th-grade math curriculum — for parents.


The idea is that if parents understand more about what and how their children are learning, they can better support their children's education. Each digest contains a "quick refresher" about the topic, links to further resources and exercises, and a link to a news story or other information that connects the topic to the real world. SnappSchool hires certified teachers to write the digests, and they're based on Common Core Standards that all but five states use. Because the emails are not coordinated by your children's specific teachers, however, they might be paced slightly ahead or behind their actual classroom lessons.

Parents simply sign up for the appropriate grade level to receive emails each week. Susan Cain: The power of introverts. MindSnacks Turns Learning a Language Into a Game. The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: MindSnacks Quick Pitch: MindSnacks are language-learning games for your brains. Genius Idea: Fun, interactive games that help users learn 13 different languages and SAT vocabulary. Memorizing flash cards and reading from a textbook aren’t just ineffective ways to learn a new language – they’re also, well, really boring. So to make learning a new language as much fun and as effective as possible, Jesse Pickard and two of his colleagues launched MindSnacks – an educational app that uses games to teach essential vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and conversation skills in 13 different languages.

Each language app has six interactive games, 50 levels to complete and more than 1400 words to master. Although the first level is free, the price for all 50 levels is $5. Piggybackr. Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers. Santorum flunks the history of home-schooling - Education. At the Republican debate Wednesday night, Rick Santorum repeated a claim he’s been making, that the federal government, and the state governments, should “get out of the education business.”

Santorum flunks the history of home-schooling - Education

Last weekend, Santorum declared public education “anachronistic.” If elected, he would home-school his children in the White House, just like – he claimed – most presidents did in the first 150 years of our national life. “Where did they come up that public education and bigger education bureaucracies was the rule in America?” He asked. “Parents educated their children, because it’s their responsibility to educate their children.” Resource Library - Gooru.