Category Archives: Learning

The neuroscience of inequality: does poverty show up in children’s brains?

Low-income children performed moderately to significantly worse than their middle-class peers

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The Two Questions That Determine Your Scientific Literacy

“In short, they can expect their quality and quantity of life to be greater and superior to even the kings and queens of the past, all because humanity has invested itself in learning how the Universe works and how we can apply that knowledge to bettering our lives.” Continue reading

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Brain-Training Apps Won’t Make You Smarter 

More evidence. I am disappointed but not surprised. Brain reasoning games only make you smarter at brain training games.

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No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system

“Differences in educational outcomes between individual schools in most areas are relatively trivial, meaning parents rarely send their children farther afield than the local comprehensive. Pupils are generally more content too: a quality-not-quantity approach means school hours are shorter and homework duties are light. After-school tutoring is rare. Finnish children are happier and less stressed than their British contemporaries.” Continue reading

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New way to learn skills twice as fast

“”If you practise a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practising the exact same thing multiple times in a row,”

Lead researcher Pablo Celnik, Johns Hopkins University. Continue reading

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School choice is clogging our roads

“”Once a year at enrolment time these same principals are competing against each other, so, dare they share their secrets of success with their rivals?”

Professor Hattie said Australians loved to debate the “the things that matter the least”.

This included autonomy, teaching aides and class sizes.”

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Media filter bubble isn’t new

Helen Sharman  was the first Briton in space. While a fascinating interview, Sharman points out that media representatives told her that in interviews about her space travels the public would not be interested in the science behind space travel. Instead … Continue reading

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