Monday, April 3, 2017

Learning & Brain Conference Alert! Making Kids “Happy” in “No-Excuses” Schools

Learning & Brain Conference Alert! Making Kids “Happy” in “No-Excuses” Schools:

Learning & Brain Conference Alert! Making Kids “Happy” in “No-Excuses” Schools


Teaching children to be happy and resilient, to have grit, in a “changing and chaotic world,” and telling parents their children will now need skills “well beyond good test scores,” raises serious questions when you consider the no-excuses schools so many students now attend.
I am referring to the upcoming Learning & the Brain conference in D.C. called “Positive, Resilient Minds: The Science of Promoting Student Grit, Gratitude, and School Success.”
It highlights all kinds of “teaching grit and gratefulness” meetings, and references to how the brain, if you tweak it right, will get children to accept and adjust to whatever troubling difficulties they face.
There will be neuro science talk aplenty to help teachers teach children how to learn faster and self-regulate their emotions. Self-control is in. It’s also about how to get children doing college-ready work.
All of this makes me uncomfortable in today’s draconian school reform climate. Why? It Learning & Brain Conference Alert! Making Kids “Happy” in “No-Excuses” Schools:

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