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Tuesday 15 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/15/tuesday-15-february-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Tuesday 15 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 2 February 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Curing Childhood Cancers ~ Teen Blogger Jailed ~ Behaviour of 'Poor' Children in UK ~ Swearing in US Schools ~ School Achievement and Race in US ~ Police Taking Teens Home off Streets ~ Influence of Technology on Childhood Read full article

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/battle-hymn-of-the-tiger-mother">Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother</a>

Book: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. The controversial yet compelling parenting biography by Chinese-American author who writes about her journey as a parent determined to use what she calls "Chinese parenting" to raise successful children. But the journey does not end in the way she expects. Read full article

Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/30/parents-and-teachers-is-there-a-great-divide-in-education">Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?</a>

Today the Sunday Telegraph published a story headlined "Our Great Divide on Schools Revealed." The gist of the article is that parents want more say in the running of schools and they want the best teachers rewarded. I say yes to both of those ideas but I don't believe there's necessarily a "deep divide"... 49% of teachers surveyed do not want excellent teachers to receive more than their colleagues that under-perform ... 48% of teachers do not want “bad teachers” to be sacked Read full article

Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-intelligence-definitions/emotional-intelligence-why-it-can-matter-more">Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More Than IQ</a>

Book: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman. Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play a far greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged. He shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, he provides detailed guidance as to how parents and schools can benefit from this. Read full article

What Do You Most Want For Your Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/12/03/what-do-you-most-want-for-your-children">What Do You Most Want For Your Children?</a>

One of the main reasons I changed careers (from lawyer to executive coaching and now parenting publishing) was because I became a parent. I loved many things about being a lawyer, but there were a few other things pressing on my mind and heart ...I read Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence, Why It Can Matter More than IQ and felt instantly that the ideas in that book represented the path to what I wanted most for our children: happiness and fulfilment, people to love them and people for them to love. Read full article

Our Kids are Clever, or Clever Enough

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/12/02/our-kids-are-clever-or-clever-enough">Our Kids are Clever, or Clever Enough</a>

We all know our kids are clever, right? We all want them to do well, to do the best that they can, to make friends and thrive and grow. I take great pleasure in watching the small (and large) achievements of my two sons, just as this morning my heart stopped a bit when they both slipped into the spray jackets I bought them in the Blue Mountains during our Christmas holiday last year. Last year, these jackets were way too big ... but this year, oh my goodness, they won't be wearing them next year! Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen

<a href="/audio/emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-with-professor-jon-cohen">Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen</a>

A content-rich podcast on the connections between emotional intelligence in children and academic success. Children with stronger social and emotional skills do better academically and socially. Professor Cohen defines "social and emotional learning" and shares the important research on character education and emotional intelligence education. This recording is a "must listen" for every parent and teacher. Read full article

Is there a "Dangerous" Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/29/is-there-a-dangerous-rise-in-therapeutic-education-for-children">Is there a  &quot;Dangerous&quot; Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?</a>

A book published by two Oxford Brookes University academics suggested that a rise in “therapeutic education” in schools could be a bad development. The book is called The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education. Apparently the book criticises school lessons that contain “social and emotional” content on the basis that these lessons may turn children into introverted, self-obsessed people who can not take criticism. Read full article

Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/24/sad-children-outperform-happy-children-really">Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?</a>

Last year I was drawn to a series of articles referring to research from the Universities of Virginia (United States) and Plymouth (United Kingdom) suggesting that for children, happiness may not always mean good academic results. If you have read Martin Seligman’s work on optimism and its value for children’s wellbeing and later success in life, this suggestion could leave you scratching your head and wondering. Read full article

Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1

<a href="/articles/interview-professor-jonathan-cohen-emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-part-1">Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1</a>

Professor Jonathan Cohen is an adjunct professor in psychology and education at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor in education at the School of Professional studies at the City University of New York. Yvette Vignando spoke to Professor Cohen about a subject that she is passionate about: the connection between children's social and emotional skills, sometimes called their emotional intelligence, and their success at school. Read full article