As Smartphone’s become more and more popular it becomes a common occurrence to hand over your phone to your child. Steve Jobs the developer of well known Ipads and Iphones spoke about how he doesn’t let his children use them in their home. “ So your kids must love the IPad??” Asked Nick Bilton a New York Times reporter. “ They haven’t used it.” Replied Steve Jobs. There has been much research done representing the negative affects related to children and the use of electronics and Steve Jobs believed these negative affects are true. During the first years of a child’s life their brain develops rapidly allowing for the most absorption of materials. Introducing a smart phones and tablets into a child’s life at a young age can have damaging affects to their overall development and behavior.
Walter Mischel one of the most influential modern psychologist addresses a major theory known as willpower. The well-known “Marshmallow Test” has become correlated with things such as temptation, willpower and grit. These traits have been linked to important qualities of an individual.
Drawing is so important for children. From drawing a stick figure to putting splashes of color from the paint on their fingers, it’s something they enjoy thoroughly and that should always be encouraged.
With the recent replacement of traditional standardized testing state Board of Education is issuing a relatively new controversial test called the PARCC Test. Through discussion of it being a more comprehensive exam talk about it becoming a necessity for graduation in the year 2021 is generating concern among young children’s parents. Even though there is a significant number of students who have not achieved passing grades the proposed actions of a graduation requirement are still being supported.
In light of the PARCC scores being released, New Jersey officials have just recently mandated PARCC testing to become a requirement for graduation. Although in comparison to other past standardized tests, many students have fallen short. Regardless of this information, the use of PARCC testing in schools continues to thrive. Gonser in her article discusses how a school in Newark, Roberto Clemente Elementary School has slipped to the eighth percentile due to only 24% of the class meeting grade level expectations of the PARCC exam. While the statistics itself might seem troubling, it is important to keep in mind that many of the students from this particular school speak English as a second language.
Over recent years Common Core has become a signature staple of the educational system. However, it’s recent popularity tends to receive mixed reviews from parents and local educators. In order to analyze the success of this educational model, we must begin by understanding what Common Core is. Common Core is a state based standard that is created to generate a national curriculum. It is simply the criteria that further prepares students for future educational opportunities such as the workplace and college.
Moving to a new school, particularly one in a different state, can have several effects on both the child and their parents. While the child is concerned with finding a new social circle to fit into, their parents have a very different concern: will their child fit in academically with this new school system? In order to ensure that every student, even the ones who transfer to the school from another town or even another state, is equally prepared for higher education and a career, “it is important to have a rigorous, clear set of guidelines in place to assist teachers in knowing what to teach and when to teach it,” the Clinton Herald says. That's where the Common Core curriculum comes in.
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