The myth of the lazy teen why the school day should start later

CAN you help my teenager with his sleep?

This is a question we frequently encounter at the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center and Seattle Children’s Sleep Disorders Clinic. We are often met with a look of mixed relief when parents find out this shift in nighttime wakefulness is a normal part of adolescent physiology.

Still, many students need to be at school by 7:30 a.m. What are parents and teenagers supposed to do?

We suggest that schools begin the day later for teenagers. Seattle Public Schools plans to survey parents this fall about school start times for the 2014-15 school year.

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Currently, our high schools start as early as 7:50 a.m., with buses arriving at 7:35 a.m. and requiring much earlier wake-up times. The organization Start School Later

Turning Education Upside Down

Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school” — one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Teachers record video lessons, which students watch on their smartphones, home computers or at lunch in the school’s tech lab. In class, they do projects, exercises or lab experiments in small groups while the teacher circulates.

Clintondale was the first school in the United States to flip completely — all of its classes are now taught this way. Now flipped classrooms are popping up all over. Havana High School outside of Peoria, Ill., is flipping, too, after the school superintendent visited Clintondale. The principal of Clintondale says that some 200 school officials have visited.

It’s well known by now that online education is booming. You can study any subject free in a MOOC — a massive open online course — from single-digit addition to the history of Chinese architecture to flight vehicle aerodynamics. Courses are being offered by universities like Harvard and M.I.T. and by the teenager next door making videos in his garage. Among the best-known sources are the Khan

Is Music the Key to Success

CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements.

The phenomenon extends beyond the math-music association. Strikingly, many high achievers told me music opened up the pathways to creative thinking. And their experiences suggest that music training sharpens other qualities: Collaboration. The ability to listen. A way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas. The power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously.
Credit Anna Parini

Will your school music program turn your kid into a Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft (guitar)? Or a Woody Allen (clarinet)? Probably

Angler education can benefit sharks

A new study finds fisher education can help protect vulnerable shark populations. The research, led by University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science scientists, showed that recreational anglers were more supportive of shark management and conservation if they had prior knowledge of shark conservation.

“The recreational fishing community has a long history of supporting marine conservation efforts, so there is great value in trying to understand which factors affect their behavior and decision making, especially for threatened species such as sharks,” said Austin Gallagher, UM adjunct assistant professor and lead author of the study.

The researchers interviewed 158 recreational anglers in South Florida about their attitudes towards shark conservation. The found that many catch-and-release anglers recognized that sharks can suffer from post-release mortality but it is still an under-appreciated consequence, particularly for species that are inherently sensitive, such as hammerheads. The data also revealed that many recreational anglers are supportive of marine protected areas for threatened shark species, however that climate change is a larger perceived threat to sharks than recreational fishing.

“Anglers generally care about shark conservation, but are unaware of some potential threats from recreational fishing and how they can best modify their angling

U. leaders invite student feedback on improving social justice

SALT LAKE CITY — Friday was a day of listening at the University of Utah.

Echoing protests and demonstrations from racial tension on campuses across the country, students at the U. shared experiences and asked hard questions at the invitation of university leaders.

President David Pershing joined students in a march from his office to the Union Building, where he and other administrators asked students to lend their voices to willing ears and give honest feedback about the social climate of the university.

“Across the nation, students at lots of universities have been raising their voices in protest and concern about issues of bias and prejudice. We’re here today to talk about that and to work with you,” Pershing said prior to the march. “We want the university to be a place where every single one of you can feel safe and feel respected and can get a great education that will help you for the rest of your life.

“That’s what today is about: trying to help us learn how to do that better.”

More than 100 students came to show support for social equity and other causes. Some of them held signs with simple messages: “Stand with students of color.” “Equity not equality.”

Former BYU student almost stayed in Mali hotel raided by gunmen

SALT LAKE CITY — A last-minute decision to go home instead of staying at a hotel may have saved Yeah Samake’s life.

The former BYU student and one-time presidential candidate of Mali told KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright he was scheduled to stay last night at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital. But before boarding a flight back to Mali, Samake decided to drive to his home city some 15 miles away.

Early Friday morning, the hotel was stormed by Islamic extremists armed with guns and grenades, killing at least three people and taking numerous hostages, according to initial reports.

Samake, who is now Mali’s ambassador to India, said Malian special forces have since taken control of the hotel and freed all hostages, but an official casualty count has not been made.

“The first thing that Malians are talking about is how impressed and grateful we are that our special forces were able to respond so rapidly and get things under control,” Samake said. “They were able to get in and, floor by floor, were able to free many hostages. We do not know of any more hostages being kept.”

Early reports indicated that 140 guests and 30 employees were “locked in” the hotel

Canyons District OKs high school

SANDY — The Canyons Board of Education on Nov. 17 unanimously approved boundary adjustments aimed at balancing enrollment at the district’s high schools and slowing future growth at Hillcrest and Corner Canyon.

The board’s action followed a yearlong study by a committee made up of parents and principals from across the district. The board approved four of the five recommendations in its vote.

The new boundaries will take effect at the start the 2017-18 school year and will affect incoming freshmen. The timing is aimed at giving students, families and schools sufficient time to prepare. The new boundaries include:

• Moving a section of the district, roughly the area west of State Street, north of 9000 South and south of 8400 South, into the Jordan High boundary.

• Moving an area south of 11400 South, west of Lone Peak Parkway and north of 12300 South, into the Alta High boundary.

• Moving the area roughly south of 12300 South, north of 14600 South and west of I-15, into the Alta High boundary.

The board will grant an allowance for students living in the areas mentioned above to stay at the school where they are currently enrolled, and their younger siblings, who would be entering

The raisin cup game to test your kid’s future academic successes

Researchers indicated parents who want to test the future intelligence of the toddlers they’re raisin’ might just need a dried grape and cup.

Michael Harthorne wrote for Newser the researchers claim they can predict an 8-year-old’s academic success when the child is a toddler by putting a raisin under a cup and telling the child not to eat it until told.

The test sounds easy, Sarah Knapton wrote for The Telegraph.

But it’s “excruciating” for youngsters — most failing.

“However, those who show enough self-discipline to wait for a whole minute are destined for greatness, according to academics,” The Telegraph’s report read. “By the age of 8, the youngsters who resist temptation will have an IQ of seven points higher than those who ate the fruit early.”

The game tests attention span and capacity to learn, Tammy Hughes wrote for the Daily Mail. Study author Dieter Wolke said it’s an “easy and effective” tool in assessing control in young children.

Researchers tested 558 children at 20 months for the study, according to the Daily Mail. Results indicated the subjects born prematurely at 25 to 38 weeks were likelier to take the raisin early than those born at 39 to 41 weeks.

Medical Xpress reported the same children

Watch how people react to a child getting bullied in this emotional video

In a tear-jerking PSA by UP TV, a girl waits at a bus stop and deals with what the video states 1 in 3 children will during school: Bullying.

“Do you have any friends at all? Any ones that aren’t imaginary or your family?” two classmates ask her at the PSA’s beginning.

The girl’s classmates continue to tease, and bystanders on benches nearby begin to hear the vitriolic words. Soon, witnesses do exactly what viewers would hope — stand up to the bullying.

Who will stop the bullying?What happens when this girl gets bullied in public?… Watch to see & remember to #StandUP against bullying. #NationalBullyingPreventionMonthDirected/Produced by Rob Bliss Creative

Posted by UPtv on Friday, October 23, 2015

Vanessa Wilkins wrote for ABC News the girls in the video were actors, and the scene was staged, but PSA director and producer Rob Bliss told Wilkins the reactions by regular people were “100 percent authentic.”

And those reactions might give you a bit of faith in humanity, Beth Greenfield wrote for Yahoo Parenting. At the very least, people waiting for the bus tell the bullies, “Leave her alone, please,” “Quit messing with her … It’s not nice,” and “It’s that stuff

People you should know Yale President Peter Salovey

College protests have been numerous this year. In addition to ones at the University of Missouri and Princeton, students from Yale University protested against the administration after professors and administrators offered “heavy-handed advice on what Halloween costumes to avoid,” according to The Atlantic.

Specifically, students were told to avoid wearing costumes that could offend minorities — “outfits that included elements like feathered headdresses, turbans or blackface,” The New York Times reported. But other faculty members spoke out in protest against that idea, saying students should feel free to dress up as whatever they want, the Times reported.

This inspired protests throughout campus from students who felt the school wasn’t doing enough to address concerns about race relations, according to The New York Times.

But on Monday, Yale President Peter Salovey issued a statement that called for a better and more united Yale campus to help fight these issues.

“I have heard the expressions of those who do not feel fully included at Yale, many of whom have described experiences of isolation, and even of hostility, during their time here,” he wrote in the statement. “It is clear that we need to make significant changes so that all members of our community truly feel welcome

Police investigate gun threat at Uintah County school

NAPLES, Uintah County — A student at Naples Elementary School threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot at least two students, but never brought a weapon on campus, police said.

A “disgruntled fifth-grader” made the threats Wednesday after another student “said something that made him mad,” said Naples Police Chief Mark Watkins. Officers learned about the threats after class was out for the day. They intercepted the boy Thursday morning before school.

“There was no threat to the school,” Watkins said, adding that the boy did not have any weapons when officers made contact with him.

Police worked closely with school administrators and with the parents of the students involved to investigate the incident, according to Watkins.

“We need that cooperation so we can filter through what’s going on and get to the core of the problem,” he said. “It’s great having an officer in the school because it really builds that rapport with parents and kids.”

Shannon Deets, director of student services for the Uintah School District, said authorities have been able to determine that the student who made the threats does not have access to a firearm.

“We take every threat very seriously,” Deets said, declining to talk specifically about what action

No Child Left Behind heads for the wrecking yard

The most sweeping education reform of the last generation may be headed for the dustbin.

On Wednesday, congressional leaders set in motion the end of No Child Left Behind, the controversial and divisive law that made schools and teachers accountable for performance, gave what some saw as undue influence over local decisions to the federal government, and attempted to bring failing inner city schools up to par.

Its replacement, which is expected to have support of bipartisan majorities in both houses, would significantly transfer power from the federal government to the states, maintaining the requirement of annual testing but allowing states to decide how to remedy failure.

NCLB was “based on good intentions, but also the flawed premise that Washington should decide what kids need to excel in school,” said House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minnesota) at the meeting, which was streamed online.

Over the past several months, an unusual political alignment has emerged, with teacher unions and Republicans holding hands on returning power to the school and the classroom.

The Senate and the House both passed different versions of an NCLB fix in July, with the Senate version viewed as more bipartisan and thus more likely to avoid a

Voter Education Kicks Off with U.S. Senate Debate

Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout among all states in 2012 – with less than half (44.5 percent) of eligible voters casting ballots. Yet, older voters turn out to the polls at a much higher rate than any other age group, suggesting that Hawaii voters age 50-plus will play an important role in determining this year’s election results.

Beginning in July, AARP Hawaii will sponsor a televised debate and numerous in-person voter education events designed to help residents make informed decisions as they cast their votes.

The voter education season kicks off on Tuesday, July 15 on KHON2 (7 – 8 p.m.) with a live, televised debate featuring Senator Brian Schatz and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, leading Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate. Sen. Schatz was appointed to the United States Senate in December 2012, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye. Rep. Hanabusa has served as Representative of Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District since January 2011.

At a time when “entitlement reform” and Social Security have become bargaining chips in Washington, D.C., and as increasing numbers of boomer-generation residents feel unprepared for their own retirement, the debate is expected to include questions about the candidates’ positions on Medicare and

Education loans can augment the boundaries of what you can achieve

Education loans are open to all people in all its myriad forms. Education loans can realize your education plans or the education plans of your children. You can strengthen you own future and the future of your son or daughter with education loans. An extensive range of student and parent loans are presented under the category of education loans. There are many types of education loans. Discerning about the types of education loans will help you in making the accurate decision. The single largest resource of education loans is federal loan. The two main federal education loan programmes are the Federal Family Education Loan Programme and the Federal Direct Loan Programme. In the Federal Family Education Loan Programme the bank, credit union or the school is the lender. While the federal direct loans programme, the department of education is the lender.

Private education loans are offered to people so that they can provide financial backup to their education plans. Private education loans are not endorsed by other government agencies but are provided by other financial institutions. Private education loans programme are optimum for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Formal education is requisite for future success. Though this is not a hard

Missouri student president School has racism, also unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. — When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri — a school now known for one student’s hunger strike and other protests against the administration’s handling of racial bias and hostility on campus — he promised to “ignite Mizzou.”

“We’ve definitely done that,” Head, a 21-year-old senior from Chicago who is studying political science and international studies, told The Associated Press.

Recent racist incidents, including one directed at Head, and the perceived lack of response by administrators led to the hunger strike and a threatened boycott by the football team. Tensions seething at the school culminated early last week with the resignations of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

But despite the turmoil, Head is challenging a narrative that has come to define the university as a hotbed of hate and racism.

“The actions of a few members of our community don’t speak for the majority,” Head said. “The problem is when we have an administration, we have leadership who continues to send signals to these students that this kind of behavior will be tolerated on this campus.”

That “allows these incidents to keep

Advertise with us Report this ad Is collective impact the answer for at risk students

SALT LAKE CITY — Ensuring a capable and confident workforce for Utah’s economy first requires helping students see something in themselves they may not know exists.

It requires embracing cultural differences. It requires adopting an expectation of success for every student. It requires the combined efforts of teachers, policymakers and families.

All of it can be a difficult process, but community leaders say ensuring success for all of Utah’s children, regardless of their circumstances, is doable.

“We all know what it takes. This is bigger than any of us as individuals,” said Scott Ulbrich, chairman of United Way of Salt Lake’s board of directors. “We need to embody the principles of collective impact, which is working together, sharing data, being responsible for the data, and acting in different ways to move the needle to help these kids.”

That and other messages were shared at an education summit hosted Thursday by United Way of Salt Lake, the Salt Lake Chamber, Prosperity 2020 and the governor’s office. As part of United Way’s collective impact initiative, educators discussed ways to improve their students’ academic outcomes by looking at what happens outside the classroom.

Jose Enriquez is executive director of Latinos in Action, an organization that helps

How to Get a Job at Google

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — LAST June, in an interview with Adam Bryant of The Times, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies — noted that Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” He also noted that the “proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time” — now as high as 14 percent on some teams. At a time when many people are asking, “How’s my kid gonna get a job?” I thought it would be useful to visit Google and hear how Bock would answer.

Don’t get him wrong, Bock begins, “Good grades certainly don’t hurt.” Many jobs at Google require math, computing and coding skills, so if your good grades truly reflect skills in those areas that you can apply, it would be an advantage. But Google has its eyes on much more.

“There are five hiring attributes we have across the company,”

Teacher shortage costing millions in supply staff

Teachers’ union leaders are warning that teacher shortages are costing schools hundreds of millions of pounds in temporary supply staff.

The National Union of Teachers says schools in England spent £733m last year on supply teacher agencies.

The union says it is wasting money intended for children’s education.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is launching a TV recruitment campaign to attract a “new generation of passionate and gifted teachers”.

Head teachers have been reporting deepening problems with getting enough staff.

The Department for Education has launched a television advertising campaign to encourage more applications, saying that 35,000 trainee teachers need to be recruited every year.

Cash incentives

There are particular problems in finding teachers in subjects such as physics, and the government is offering increasingly generous bursaries.

A physics graduate with a good degree can claim up to £30,000 tax free for entering teaching.

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Image caption A TV advert is being launched to attract more people into teaching

“Great teachers are at the heart of our drive to extend opportunity to every single child,” says Mrs Morgan.

“That is why we are focused on attracting more talented people into

Putting the education in educational apps

New apps developed for children come online every day and many of them are marketed or labeled as “educational” — but how can we tell which of these thousands of apps will actually help children learn? A comprehensive new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, integrates research from scientific disciplines like psychological science, linguistics, and neuroscience to provide an evidence-based guide that parents, educators, and app designers alike can use to evaluate the quality of so-called “educational” apps.

Since the iPad was introduced just five years ago, over 80,000 educational apps have become available in the Apple app store, which means apps are being developed far faster than the scientific community can evaluate them, say report authors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University), Jennifer Zosh (Penn State University, Brandywine), Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (University of Delaware), James H. Gray (Sesame Workshop), Michael B. Robb (Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College), and Jordy Kaufman (Swinburne University of Technology).

The full report and accompanying commentary by communications researcher Ellen Wartella (Northwestern University) are available free to the public online.

While scientific research examining specific features of individual apps may be scarce, scientists

Elementary Students Held Back In Early Grades Often Do Not Get Special Education Plan

Many children who are retained in kindergarten, first or third grade for academic reasons do not subsequently receive a document outlining the individualized special education services they should receive, according to a new report.

Each year, 5 percent to 10 percent of American students are retained at the same grade level, according to background information in the article. One in 10 students age 16 to 19 have repeated a grade. “Some of these students may require special education services at the time they are retained, in subsequent years or both,” the authors write. “One approach to supporting a child with low academic achievement is the provision of special education services, as indicated in an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a legally binding document describing a child’s special education services and is developed after the child has undergone a special evaluation and has been determined eligible for services.”

Eligibility for an IEP varies from state to state, but under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, every American child has the right to an evaluation. Michael Silverstein, M.D., M.P.H., of Boston Medical Center, and colleagues studied 380 children nationwide who were retained in elementary school for academic reasons

Learn to Code, Code to Learn

Is it important for all children to learn how to write? After all, very few children grow up to become journalists, novelists, or professional writers. So why should everyone learn to write?

Of course, such questions seem silly. People use writing in all parts of their lives: to send birthday messages to friends, to jot down shopping lists, to record personal feelings in diaries. The act of writing also engages people in new ways of thinking. As people write, they learn to organize, refine, and reflect on their ideas. Clearly, there are powerful reasons for everyone to learn to write.

I see coding (computer programming) as an extension of writing. The ability to code allows you to “write” new types of things – interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations. And, as with traditional writing, there are powerful reasons for everyone to learn to code.

The recent surge of interest in learning to code, reflected in sites like and, has focused especially on job and career opportunities. It is easy to understand why: the number of jobs for programmers and computer scientists is growing rapidly, with demand far outpacing supply.

But I see much deeper and broader reasons for learning to code. In