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Minecraft in the Real World, Screen Time Conflict, Teaching How to Think, and More

by Joel

This week we have a couple of hot topics up for debate - the SAT's "adversity score" and whether teachers can "teach students to think."  We'll hear both sides, so you can make up your own mind!

College Board adds "adversity" score to SAT tests - PBS
I'm not sure it's possible to come up with a real "adversity score" that accurately takes into account a given student's circumstances.  College admissions boards already take those factors into account, so I'm not sure I see the value. Nor does the following opinion piece:
The SAT’s Bogus ‘Adversity Score’ - New York Times Opinion

How to Teach Students to Think - The Atlantic
This reporter distills what she sees in a Mississippi classroom as the teacher "teaching students how to think."  An overly-grandiose description?  A professor challenges it here: 
Can Schools ‘Teach Students to Think’? 

4 Ways to Get Students Moving in Class - Edutopia
Kids in class often default to just sitting there and staring, and eventually zoning out.  Here's how to combat that and get them truly engaged with what they're learning.

Why screens bring out the worst in your kid - Today's Parent
The science behind why it's so hard for kids to turn off their devices, even if they were only using it for a few minutes.  It's not their fault, it's just how our brains work.

How Much Should Parents Borrow for Their Kid's College? - Consumer Reports
Insightful read I recommend for anyone considering taking out loans.

Why We Need More ‘Puddle Parents’ - Scary Mommy
Another call for giving kids more independence, so they can learn some lessons on their own.

Minecraft Earth goes beyond Pokémon Go to cover the world in blocks - The Verge
If you think your kids are engrossed by Minecraft now, just wait until it becomes a game you can play in the real world.  With anyone.  With EVERYONE.  It goes into beta this summer, so I'd expect a release late this year or early next.

10 surprising foods you need to start refrigerating ASAP - Today's Parent
Several of these did actually surprise me!  Guess I'll have to clean out the fridge to make room...