Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • 1. Let's Hear it for the Girls

  • Some people consider it a special kind of torture to run 26.2 miles in near-hurricane weather. Others do it for fun, like Desiree Linden who made history this week by being the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon. And she did it all in the coldest marathon day weather in 30 years.

  • This wasn't Desiree Linden's first time attempting the Boston marathon. The two-time Olympian lost first place in the 2011 Boston Marathon by only two seconds. And even this year, Linden said she considered dropping out because of the brutal weather. Instead, she offered to help another American woman in the race - fellow Olympian friend Shalene Flanagan - with whatever she needed, like wind blocking. Helping Flanagan helped Linden get through it.

  • Something to chew when your child is burnt-out from homework...

  • How do people like Linden achieve success? After studying thousands of people, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth said there is one characteristic children who are successful have in common: grit.

  • In her viral TED talk (which we highly recommend), Duckworth said grittier kids were significantly more likely to graduate even when they were matched with various other high dropout risks. So, how do you help your children develop grit?

  • Well, like every great question ... we don't totally know the answer. (But we do know it is NOT linked to talent.) Duckworth said so far they've discovered one thing that helps children develop grit is learning about a "growth mindset." Children are more likely to persevere after failure when they believe the ability to learn isn't fixed and that it can change with effort. So, use Desiree Linden's story as an example.

  • And the great news is, Duckworth believes you (and your children) can learn to be gritty. Read her other thoughts on becoming gritty here.

  • 2. Votes for kids

  • Washington D.C. is on track to give kids as young as 16 the right to vote - even in federal elections.

  • This isn't the first time the nation's capital has attempted this revolutionary change. A few years ago, D.C. councilman Charles Allen introduced a similar bill, but it died.

  • However, it seems like incidents such as the Parkland protests for gun reform have transformed the way people view youth relationships to politics. (Not unlike the unrest that led the 26th amendment giving 18-year-olds the right to vote in 1971.) So far, the majority of the D.C. council, as well as Mayor Muriel Bowser, have signed the bill.

  • Already across the U.S., other states, such as Minnesota and Georgia, are ready to follow suit.

  • Something to chew on when your 16-year-old asks to borrow the keys to the car...

  • Clearly there are pros and cons on either side of this issue. But many supporters of this bill say that giving teenagers the right to vote before major life transitions like moving out (or making their first million selling old beanie babies on Ebay) will help them develop a voting habit that lasts through adulthood.

  • Whether or not you're in favor of this bill, you can take responsibility for helping your kids develop voting habits while they're young. Here's some ideas to get you started:

  • Implement Kids Voting USA at your school Kids Voting USA offers free curriculum about voting to schools as well as resources to host a mock election - complete with ballots and "I voted" stickers. They are committed to establishing lifelong voting habits in kids and increasing adult voting turnout. Find out how to implement their curriculum here.

  • Watch debates When candidate debates are televised, watch them as a family. Before watching, give your kids some questions to think about. For example: Did the candidate answer the question? Did the candidate give specific examples? * Do you agree with what the candidate said? Why or why not?

  • Take your children to vote with you If you want your kids to know that you value voting, show them. Make them part of the process talking to them about your research and how you made decisions. Ask them what choices they would make if they had the opportunity to vote.

  • Be informed If you're up-to-date, you can talk to your kids about current events. And when your kids are culturally aware, they're motivated to actively participate in making decisions about their world through voting. (In other words, keep reading Daily Crunch. We'll help you out.)

  • 3. Daily Data

  • 53% of parents with school-aged children say they are satisfied with their level of engagement with their child's education. 46% wish they could be doing more.

  • Source: Pew Research

  • 4. What's trending

  • Hogwarts Class of 1999

  • They may have hated each other in the movie, but people are loving this reunion photo Tom Felton, who played Draco, posted of him, Emma Watson and Matthew Lewis. Dramione forever!

  • School mates #hogwartsalumni

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