The Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2017
Preschool can provide a boost, but the gains can fade surprisingly fast: What children typically learn are skills they would pick up anyway
Drew Bailey assistant professor and Greg Duncan professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine with Candice Odgers a professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience at Duke University [write]: “We reviewed data from 67 high-quality interventions — all of which included some degree of pre-literacy and early math skill-building and most of which targeted economically disadvantaged children — and we found that the effects faded startlingly fast: falling by half within a year and by half again two years later.”
Today, Feb. 21, 2017
Do kids really need preschool? New study questions benefits of early education
A new study from UC Irvine and Duke University suggests the gains provided by preschool programs fade quickly. The study examined 67 early-childhood intervention programs and calls into question the $15 billion spent each year on early education by government agencies.
CNN, Feb. 21, 2017
‘Not My President’s Day’ protesters rally to oppose Trump
Historically, protests against new presidents are not unusual, said David Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Politics of Protest. “What is unusual is the vigor, speed, size, and number of issues that they’re challenging Trump on,” Meyer said. “To have a sustained (protest), every weekend, every couple of days, and it’s a different issue — I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Wired, Feb. 17, 2017
How to avoid getting tricked into assassinating someone
Many harmful chemicals are odorless, especially in solution, and the risk is just too great. “It’s not good to smell these things,” says Nien-hui Ge, an analytical chemist at the University of California, Irvine. “It could harm your respiratory tract badly.” Plus, the vapors of some chemicals, like nitric acid, can blind you.
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 19, 2017
Trump widens a generation gap in Vietnamese community: Older hard-liners vs. liberal youths
“The elders may be openly supporting Trump and the Republicans because they still feel an affinity for the party they view as fighting against the government that took over their homeland,” said Linda Vo, a professor of Asian American studies at UC Irvine. “Meanwhile, the younger folks are raised here. They share the experiences of other communities of color. They see more ethnic and religious differences, and their minds open up. They empathize with many cultural groups.”
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