New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham discusses some interesting results from a new study that finds good English teachers improved students' learning in math. First, ELA [English literature] teachers may, on average, provide a bigger boost to what are usually called non-cognitive skills: self-regulation, persistence, seeing oneself as belonging in school, and so on. … Continue reading New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

International Study: Expanding Private Schooling Increases Kids’ Brainpower, Political Freedom

While many politicians assume parents don't know enough to make smart choices about where and how to educate their kids, two new international studies find that the level of private school enrollment in a country is directly related to significantly higher levels of student achievement and political freedom. A companion report examined the effects on economic … Continue reading International Study: Expanding Private Schooling Increases Kids’ Brainpower, Political Freedom

Latest International Test Scores Show Continued Downward U.S. Trend Following Common Core

The latest international tests cores from the Programme for International Assessment came out last week, and U.S. high school students performed an average of 12 points worse than their peers had in 2012. Alice B. Lloyd at The Weekly Standard reports: PISA tests how well fifteen-year-olds stack up against their global contemporaries. In math American … Continue reading Latest International Test Scores Show Continued Downward U.S. Trend Following Common Core