What We're Reading: Raising a Genius, Teenagers, and More

posted Sep 20, 2016, 11:59 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston

From The New York Times
“How was school today?” If your house is like mine, the conversation will go something like this: “Fine.” “What did you do?” “Nothing.” In reality, few days are entirely fine, and none are entirely empty. So how do we improve on this perennial flop of an exchange? read more

From Scientific American
On a summer day in 1968, professor Julian Stanley met a brilliant but bored 12-year-old named Joseph Bates. The Baltimore student was so far ahead of his classmates in mathematics that his parents had arranged for him to take a computer-science course at Johns Hopkins more

From The New York Times
As we take a closer look at the 17 voter initiatives on the ballot this November, one of the less prominent measures with a lot of money at stake is Proposition 51. Though it will likely get overshadowed by flashier topics like marijuana and the death penalty, a yes vote would allow the state to issue $9 billion in bonds for school construction projects. read more

From The Learning Policy Institute
One of the most pressing issues facing policymakers is how to staff classrooms with a stable teaching workforce responsive to complex student needs and the growing demands of the knowledge economy. Recurrent teacher shortages are a function of both declines in entrants to teaching and high rates of teacher turnover, especially in low-income schools. This turnover is costly, and undermines student achievement and school improvement efforts. read more