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Study: IQ isn’t fixed at birth, can increase with education

From the Los Angeles Times’ Booster Shots blog:

By Karen Kaplan

If your teenager could use a few more IQ points, Norwegian scientists have some good news: It may not be too late for junior to get them.

Many researchers now agree that mental stimulation in one’s early years helps IQ to develop, but there is no such consensus that education – or anything else – can boost IQ on older kids. Studies have seen correlations between a person’s total years of schooling and his or her IQ, but there’s no good way to tease out the cause and effect. It could be that extra school raises IQ, but it’s just as likely that those with higher IQs to start with are inclined to stay in school longer. It’s also possible that some other trait,  such as family income, influences both IQ and length of education at the same time. Continue Reading →

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Common Core Standards pose dilemmas for early childhood

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Samuel J Meisels, president of Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in Chicago, wrote this post for the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog.

After a decade of concerns and criticisms about the lack of rigorous national standards in the No Child Left Behind Act, we now have a set of ambitious standards for use nationwide — the Common Core State Standards. Since their formulation two years ago, these standards have been adopted by 45 states, were made a precondition for funding in the Race to the Top competition, and have begun to influence the development of new curricula and assessments. But early childhood education — concerned with children from birth to the end of third grade — seems nearly an afterthought in the standards. Not only do they end (or begin) at kindergarten, ignoring more than half of the early childhood age range, they simply don’t fit what we know about young children’s learning and development.

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