education

Quiz: Attendance and Literacy for Kids

Michael Data & Graphics, Interactive September 30, 2016

Now that I have a loved one in a public school already (I know, time flies), I have more space or CPU in my brain to pay attention to early education and issues related to school. It is a steep learning curve, but an enlightening one.

One of the days in my son’s first month of his PreK year, I went in to be lectured about attendance, and came back home appreciative that I went. The biggest take-away is that attendance, even at an early age like kindergarten could have striking influence over a young child’s reading competency by the third grade, at least that is what a 2011 California study finds. Here below have some fun guessing how much 5% absence or less (during both kindergarten and first grade years) will translate into young students’ reading competencies two years later.

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中国父母在纽约:2016悠悠择校的战略与战术小结

Michael Data & Graphics, Photo May 7, 2016

历时五个月的择校前的煎熬、研究学区学校做功课、填志愿和漫长的等待,我们终于在五月的第一个工作日获得了我们期待已久、梦寐以求的首选学校,迎来了一个轻松愉快的母亲节!下面简要回顾和总结一下我们身在异乡为人父母的一点择校经验:

以前都认为美国人家庭对孩子的教育基本是放羊(或放养),那真是大错特错了,一些富裕的家庭要么所在的学区是全美顶级的名校,要么捧着每年少则三万,多则大好几万的银子到私立,而且高级的私立学校不是说有钱就进的,孩子连同父母双方还要通过严苛的面试过程,可谓既富且贵的私塾。这个类型的学校不在我们考虑的范畴,等来生再分解。 Read More