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Getting Girls Into STEM

As you know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. While the fields represented by the acronym are exciting, the statistics surrounding STEM are pretty depressing for women. In the US, where women comprised 48% of the workforce in 2009, there were only 24% of women working in STEM careers. That’s despite the fact […]

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We Learn From What We Eat

I guess I might be a better eater than I am a student, and if your child bears any resemblance to me, then I can offer you some empathy. I can also offer you some advice: try to use food to aid learning, because not only can you bribe your children with chocolate, you can […]

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How To Prevent Summer Brain Drain

There are few things more satisfying than hearing the bell ring on the last day of school for the year, with the knowledge that summer vacation is stretched out before you. I remember those months seemed open-ended with possibility, although now as a parent to a toddler they are a looming source of stress. Whether […]

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How To Talk To Kids About Math

There are many well-researched ways to reduce math anxiety. But perhaps one of the best places to start is with prevention. If you want to get your children hooked on math, and unafraid of numbers than the best thing to do is talk to them about the subject as much as possible. So here is […]

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The Pros and Cons of Longer School Years

Hillary Clinton’s recent declaration of support for longer school years in disadvantaged communities has been met with a mixed response. In many ways it’s a tough position to take, risking the alienation of voters who might see the change as harmful or cruel to children. But there’s far more to it than a Grinch-like plot […]

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More Board Games For Math

There have been a few incidents in the media that have highlighted just how terrifying helping your children with their math homework can be. So if, like me, you would like to avoid this exercise altogether then help your kids in other ways: by playing board games with them. We have already written about the […]

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Gesturing Towards Better Grades

Does your child need a wide berth when they are engaged in a passionate discussion? Do their arms hit vases when they are talking about their day at school? Do you sometimes think (despite being truly familiar with their hereditary landscape) that they might be Italian? If the answer to any of these is “yes,” […]