The raisin cup game to test your kid’s future academic successes

Researchers indicated parents who want to test the future intelligence of the toddlers they’re raisin’ might just need a dried grape and cup.

Michael Harthorne wrote for Newser the researchers claim they can predict an 8-year-old’s academic success when the child is a toddler by putting a raisin under a cup and telling the child not to eat it until told.

The test sounds easy, Sarah Knapton wrote for The Telegraph.

But it’s “excruciating” for youngsters — most failing.

“However, those who show enough self-discipline to wait for a whole minute are destined for greatness, according to academics,” The Telegraph’s report read. “By the age of 8, the youngsters who resist temptation will have an IQ of seven points higher than those who ate the fruit early.”

The game tests attention span and capacity to learn, Tammy Hughes wrote for the Daily Mail. Study author Dieter Wolke said it’s an “easy and effective” tool in assessing control in young children.

Researchers tested 558 children at 20 months for the study, according to the Daily Mail. Results indicated the subjects born prematurely at 25 to 38 weeks were likelier to take the raisin early than those born at 39 to 41 weeks.

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Former BYU student almost stayed in Mali hotel raided by gunmen

SALT LAKE CITY — A last-minute decision to go home instead of staying at a hotel may have saved Yeah Samake’s life.

The former BYU student and one-time presidential candidate of Mali told KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright he was scheduled to stay last night at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital. But before boarding a flight back to Mali, Samake decided to drive to his home city some 15 miles away.

Early Friday morning, the hotel was stormed by Islamic extremists armed with guns and grenades, killing at least three people and taking numerous hostages, according to initial reports.

Samake, who is now Mali’s ambassador to India, said Malian special forces have since taken control of the hotel and freed all hostages, but an official casualty count has not been made.

“The first thing that Malians are talking about is how impressed and grateful we are that our special forces were able to respond so rapidly and get things under control,” Samake said. “They were able to get in and, floor by floor, were able to free many hostages. We do not know of any more hostages being kept.”

Early reports indicated that 140 guests and 30 employees were

U. leaders invite student feedback on improving social justice

SALT LAKE CITY — Friday was a day of listening at the University of Utah.

Echoing protests and demonstrations from racial tension on campuses across the country, students at the U. shared experiences and asked hard questions at the invitation of university leaders.

President David Pershing joined students in a march from his office to the Union Building, where he and other administrators asked students to lend their voices to willing ears and give honest feedback about the social climate of the university.

“Across the nation, students at lots of universities have been raising their voices in protest and concern about issues of bias and prejudice. We’re here today to talk about that and to work with you,” Pershing said prior to the march. “We want the university to be a place where every single one of you can feel safe and feel respected and can get a great education that will help you for the rest of your life.

“That’s what today is about: trying to help us learn how to do that better.”

More than 100 students came to show support for social equity and other causes. Some of them held signs with simple messages: “Stand with students of

Canyons District OKs high school

SANDY — The Canyons Board of Education on Nov. 17 unanimously approved boundary adjustments aimed at balancing enrollment at the district’s high schools and slowing future growth at Hillcrest and Corner Canyon.

The board’s action followed a yearlong study by a committee made up of parents and principals from across the district. The board approved four of the five recommendations in its vote.

The new boundaries will take effect at the start the 2017-18 school year and will affect incoming freshmen. The timing is aimed at giving students, families and schools sufficient time to prepare. The new boundaries include:

• Moving a section of the district, roughly the area west of State Street, north of 9000 South and south of 8400 South, into the Jordan High boundary.

• Moving an area south of 11400 South, west of Lone Peak Parkway and north of 12300 South, into the Alta High boundary.

• Moving the area roughly south of 12300 South, north of 14600 South and west of I-15, into the Alta High boundary.

The board will grant an allowance for students living in the areas mentioned above to stay at the school where they are currently enrolled, and their younger siblings, who would be entering

Advertise with us Report this ad Is collective impact the answer for at risk students

SALT LAKE CITY — Ensuring a capable and confident workforce for Utah’s economy first requires helping students see something in themselves they may not know exists.

It requires embracing cultural differences. It requires adopting an expectation of success for every student. It requires the combined efforts of teachers, policymakers and families.

All of it can be a difficult process, but community leaders say ensuring success for all of Utah’s children, regardless of their circumstances, is doable.

“We all know what it takes. This is bigger than any of us as individuals,” said Scott Ulbrich, chairman of United Way of Salt Lake’s board of directors. “We need to embody the principles of collective impact, which is working together, sharing data, being responsible for the data, and acting in different ways to move the needle to help these kids.”

That and other messages were shared at an education summit hosted Thursday by United Way of Salt Lake, the Salt Lake Chamber, Prosperity 2020 and the governor’s office. As part of United Way’s collective impact initiative, educators discussed ways to improve their students’ academic outcomes by looking at what happens outside the classroom.

Jose Enriquez is executive director of Latinos in Action, an organization that helps