Capability:Mom sent me this link from the Wall Street Journal Article as she knows that I’m a huge proponent of exposing children to foreign languages at an early age. But not everyone agrees. Here’s the perspective of parents in New York City. It appears that foreign language curriculum is a politically charged hot potato. And here’s the actual research of 2nd language acquisition.
What Not To Say In An Interivew! This gem is from the Wall Street Journal. I have to say that as someone who has been in the staffing business for a billion years (and I actually have interviewed more than 1000 people!) that an interview should be a conversation! Let me say that again: AN INTERVIEW SHOULD BE A CONVERSATION. Granted that the interviewer needs to be skillful at making this an interview versus checking off a list of routine questions, but it’s your job, too, as the interviewee, to make this an interesting conversation for both of you.
I’m not the only one who thinks our education strategy is loony. At the International Summit on Teaching, the take away was: “… The United States has been pursuing an approach to teaching almost diametricallyopposed to that pursued by the highest-achieving nations.” The difference? the highest-achieving nations INVEST in teacher education: “Officials from countries like Finland and Singapore described how they have built a high-performing teaching profession by enabling all of their teachers to enter high-quality preparation programs, generally at the masters’ degree level, where they receive a salary while they prepare. There they learn research-based teaching strategies and train with experts in model schools attached to their universities. They enter a well-paid profession – in Singapore earning as much as beginning doctors — where they are supported by mentor teachers and have 15 or more hours a week to work and learn together – engaging in shared planning, action research, lesson study, and observations in each other’s classrooms. And they work in schools that are equitably funded and well-resourced with the latest technology and materials.” The article (in the Washing Post) concludes with: “How poignant for Americans to listen to this account while nearly every successful program developed to support teachers’ learning in the United States is proposed for termination by the Obama administration or the Congress…”
This was my cultural reality and the reality of most Asian kids that I knew, but there’s a flip side to everything. Are Chinese Mothers Superior? That is a mighty aggressive headline, first of all. Very un-Asian-like. This extreme style of parenting correlates to 1) standard of living for parents (lower = stricter), 2) recency of immigration (more recent = stricter), 3) stay at home parent vs 2 working parent (stay at home = stricter), and 4) insanity of parents (more insane = stricter).
Have you ever wanted anything more than the forbidden fruit? Yeah, me neither, so let’s not create an artificial lack thinking we’ll change kids’ ideas about games. This is the part of the argument where I think Mr. Spence gets off track.
Thank you to my work Dad Friend, who also has a blog called adverlicio.us, an online ad archive, for this great article from the Wall Street Journal on How to Raise Boys Who Read by Thomas Spence with a note that says “Hint: Not with Gross-Out Books and Video Game Bribes.” Spence is apparently disgusted by the pandering of publishers to reluctant boy readers with Gross-Out books and proposes a simple solution that worked for his 6 (that’s right, folks, SIX!!!!) boys: TURN OFF THE SCREENS! FILL THE HOUSE WITH GOOD BOOKS.
I suspect the real story is that suburban children from middle class backgrounds and two parent households are improving their scores but this is offset by everyone else who is doing slightly worse. Anyway, that’s just me. Here’s the link to the entire article from the Wall Street Journal.