Why We Can’t Give Up Funding Public Broadcasting

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As the CEO of The Jim Henson Company, a family organization founded by my father and mother in 1955, I have the privilege of leading a team of performers, artists, craftsman and staff in continuing my father’s creative legacy; a legacy that in recent years has included producing many shows for preschoolers—some of which air daily…

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Elmo and Friends Lead Education Effort for Refugee Children

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In refugee camps everywhere, there is no shortage of curious young minds: more than half of the world’s displaced population are children. But the barriers to receiving a quality early education are huge. “There are 250 million children whose developmental potential is at risk around the world,” said Sarah Smith, Director of Education at the International…

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Meet Julia, Sesame Street’s First Autistic Character

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In early April, beloved children’s show Sesame Street will debut Julia, the program’s first character with autism. Julia has been part of the online interactive Sesame Street family since last year, and her popularity among viewers prompted show creators to bring the character to television. The Sesame Street team hopes Julia will help children become more…

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Kids and Money: Repeat after me: ‘Pay yourself first’

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A confession: In my early days on the job, I was way more interested in buying record albums and building my vinyl collection than saving for the future and contributing to a retirement account. Employee stock purchase plans? I had no money to spare, even though shares were offered at a steep discount. An Individual Retirement…

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A kid-friendly guide to Yosemite

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My 5-year-old is so giddy, he’s doing a happy dance atop his father’s shoulders. It’s a crisp Saturday morning, and we are standing before Yosemite’s Tunnel View with a small group of hikers. The bright sun casts shadows on the iconic El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations as Benjamin regales us with imagined tales of…

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Balancing Act: 5 steps toward making your kid a money genius

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I was drawn to Beth Kobliner’s new book, “Make Your Kid a Money Genius” (Simon & Schuster), not because I want my kids to be money geniuses, per se, but because I want them to be money realists — and the reality is they’d bleed me dry if I let them. Nary a car ride, grocery…

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Growing up with poverty and violence: A Chicago teen’s story

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CHICAGO — On his way to school, the ninth-grader heard the first gunshot from a distance. He figured it was meant for him. So he ran. With the sound of gunfire trailing him, he made his way down the street, through an alley and to the back door of the weathered two-flat where he lives. “I…

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How Music Shapes Children’s Minds and Wellbeing

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect”—the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence—has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter.” This interest in the relationship between musical aptitude on ability and intelligence has been around for some time. But despite these…

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Learning to teach and learn outside the box

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Students at ETU School are having fun with their programming class. [Photo by Wu Kaixiang/China Daily] When mother-of-three Li Yinuo returned to Beijing after living in the United States, she was flummoxed-like many Chinese parents-about how to choose the right school for her oldest son. “There is no satisfactory option,” sighs Li, formerly a partner for…

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Can homeschooling replace public schools?

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Editor’s note: China’s top education authority stressed that compulsory education cannot be replaced by any form of teaching last week. However, some experts argue that the philosophy and the teaching methods of public school cannot satisfy the needs for some children. Could compulsory education be replaced by homeschool? China Daily readers share their ideas. Ted180 (Canada)…

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