SAReads News Round-Up – Sept 6
In this week’s Round-Up, we ask who is most likely to be bullied, what is holding our our children back and where in the U.S. can you receive the best childcare?
First up, an article in the New York Times illustrates that, unsurprisingly, autistic children are more likely to be bullied in school. Just another reminder (and opportunity) to teach our children compassion.
Next, we have two very impassioned takes on the key factor that causes a student to succeed or fail. Daniel Akst in Newsday laments that “poverty, not bad teachers, is what plagues our schools.” Akst points out that according to Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University, U.S. schools that have fewer than ten percent of students on free or reduced lunch programs score highest in the world on international reading exams. In contrast, NPR reviews Paul Tough’s new book, How Children Succeed. Tough argues that success in school, and in life, comes down to more intrinsic traits such as motivation and persistence.
On the school choice front, the NY Times illustrates the need for parents to have access to up-to-date data in their story “School Choice is no Cure All.” Meanwhile, EdWeek details the threat posed to traditional Catholic schools by the growing number of charters.
Finally, as we begin the new school year, EdWeek shares the hopes and wishes of big-hearted teachers from across the nation and The New America Foundation lets you know where to find the nation’s best child care. Just make sure you can drop and give them twenty.
As always, we appreciate your comments and suggestions on the Round-Up. Have a great week everyone!