ACE and 34 other higher education associations wrote to the leaders of the House and Senate budget and appropriations committees, asking them to maintain Congress’s historic commitment” to financial aid and research in FY 2018. Today our daughter is in 6th grade. She speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin—and she loves her school. (Mostly what she loves about school is seeing her friends and hula-hooping during recess, but she says the academic part is good, too.) When I ask her now whether she thinks it was a good idea for us to send her to an immersion school she unhesitatingly says yes. She likes seeing the reaction people have when she tells them she speaks Chinese. She laughs, They always ask me to say something in Chinese, but I never know what to say because I know a kabillion words!” She likes knowing another language, and she thinks it’s cool that she could go to China and communicate with the people there.
While the federal government pushes for academic rigor at younger ages, many parents get the impression that early reading instruction reaps long-term benefits. There are even instructional programs being sold on television that claim to teach babies how to read. Yet, there’s no research to support the position that earlier is better when it comes to reading. Youngsters who learn to read at 5 aren’t better readers than those who learn at 6, 7 or even later. In Finland, a country whose educational system is envied around the world, formal reading instruction does not begin until age 7. Moreover, studies show that children who learn to read when they’re older are more likely to read for pleasure than those who learned when they were younger.
I got my kids started early to readâ¦before they ever entered kindergarten. I canât overstate how much it helped their overall confidence level in all subjects. My boy started reading at age 3. As he entered first grade and they told me he was reading on the 5th grade level. Kids love reading when they can learn with no pressure.
Brainetics was designed as the ultimate math program for people aged 9 to 90 (yes, it’s for all ages, but was specifically designed for children). Its creator, Mike Byster, has an uncanny ability to not only memorize numbers and formulas but also to calculate complex math problems in his head.
Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability. Yet, even though there has been great progress in the last decade, some 121 million children are still out of primary and lower secondary school, and 250 million children cannot read or write.
Since K+12 Education system was already implemented by our government, I believe that debating about whether or not to implement it is no longer rational. What we must do now is to help our government improve the K+12 system; like what Sir Nestor L. Parafina has conveyed in his arguments. I love his points of putting less emphasis on subjects which consume lots of efforts and time yet still not useful to economic development. What we need now are children with greater understanding on how to make this country great again…by putting more advancements in economic-related subjects we can stand up once again.