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

First-born in family more likely to be nearsighted priority of education may be factor

First-born individuals in a sample of adults in the United Kingdom were more likely to be nearsighted than later-born individuals in a family, and the association was larger before adjusting for educational exposure, suggesting that reduced parental investment in the education of children with later birth orders may be partly responsible, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

Myopia (nearsightedness) is increasing in prevalence in younger generations in many parts of the world and is an important public health issue. Major known risk factors for myopia are genetic background, time spent outdoors, and time spent doing “near” work (including educational activities). A prior analysis suggested myopia was more common in first-born children in a family compared with later-born children. One potential cause of the association between birth order and myopia is parental investment in education; on average, parents have been reported to direct more of their available resources to earlier-born children, resulting in better educational attainment in earlier-born than later-born individuals. Thus, parents may expose their earlier-born children to a more myopia-predisposing environment, according to background information in the article.

Jeremy A. Guggenheim, Ph.D., of Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K., and colleagues conducted an analysis of UK Biobank

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

No Child Left Behind heads for the wrecking yard

The most sweeping education reform of the last generation may be headed for the dustbin.

On Wednesday, congressional leaders set in motion the end of No Child Left Behind, the controversial and divisive law that made schools and teachers accountable for performance, gave what some saw as undue influence over local decisions to the federal government, and attempted to bring failing inner city schools up to par.

Its replacement, which is expected to have support of bipartisan majorities in both houses, would significantly transfer power from the federal government to the states, maintaining the requirement of annual testing but allowing states to decide how to remedy failure.

NCLB was “based on good intentions, but also the flawed premise that Washington should decide what kids need to excel in school,” said House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minnesota) at the meeting, which was streamed online.

Over the past several months, an unusual political alignment has emerged, with teacher unions and Republicans holding hands on returning power to the school and the classroom.

The Senate and the House both passed different versions of an NCLB fix in July, with the Senate version viewed as more bipartisan and thus more likely to avoid a

Police investigate gun threat at Uintah County school

NAPLES, Uintah County — A student at Naples Elementary School threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot at least two students, but never brought a weapon on campus, police said.

A “disgruntled fifth-grader” made the threats Wednesday after another student “said something that made him mad,” said Naples Police Chief Mark Watkins. Officers learned about the threats after class was out for the day. They intercepted the boy Thursday morning before school.

“There was no threat to the school,” Watkins said, adding that the boy did not have any weapons when officers made contact with him.

Police worked closely with school administrators and with the parents of the students involved to investigate the incident, according to Watkins.

“We need that cooperation so we can filter through what’s going on and get to the core of the problem,” he said. “It’s great having an officer in the school because it really builds that rapport with parents and kids.”

Shannon Deets, director of student services for the Uintah School District, said authorities have been able to determine that the student who made the threats does not have access to a firearm.

“We take every threat very seriously,” Deets said, declining to talk specifically about what action

People you should know Yale President Peter Salovey

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College protests have been numerous this year. In addition to ones at the University of Missouri and Princeton, students from Yale University protested against the administration after professors and administrators offered “heavy-handed advice on what Halloween costumes to avoid,” according to The Atlantic.

Specifically, students were told to avoid wearing costumes that could offend minorities — “outfits that included elements like feathered headdresses, turbans or blackface,” The New York Times reported. But other faculty members spoke out in protest against that idea, saying students should feel free to dress up as whatever they want, the Times reported.

This inspired protests throughout campus from students who felt the school wasn’t doing enough to address concerns about race relations, according to The New York Times.

But on Monday, Yale President Peter Salovey issued a statement that called for a better and more united Yale campus to help fight these issues.

“I have heard the expressions of those who do not feel fully included at Yale, many of whom have described experiences of

Missouri student president School has racism, also unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. — When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri — a school now known for one student’s hunger strike and other protests against the administration’s handling of racial bias and hostility on campus — he promised to “ignite Mizzou.”

“We’ve definitely done that,” Head, a 21-year-old senior from Chicago who is studying political science and international studies, told The Associated Press.

Recent racist incidents, including one directed at Head, and the perceived lack of response by administrators led to the hunger strike and a threatened boycott by the football team. Tensions seething at the school culminated early last week with the resignations of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

But despite the turmoil, Head is challenging a narrative that has come to define the university as a hotbed of hate and racism.

“The actions of a few members of our community don’t speak for the majority,” Head said. “The problem is when we have an administration, we have leadership who continues to send signals to these students that this kind of behavior will be tolerated on this campus.”

That “allows these incidents to keep

Watch how people react to a child getting bullied in this emotional video

In a tear-jerking PSA by UP TV, a girl waits at a bus stop and deals with what the video states 1 in 3 children will during school: Bullying.

“Do you have any friends at all? Any ones that aren’t imaginary or your family?” two classmates ask her at the PSA’s beginning.

The girl’s classmates continue to tease, and bystanders on benches nearby begin to hear the vitriolic words. Soon, witnesses do exactly what viewers would hope — stand up to the bullying.

Who will stop the bullying?What happens when this girl gets bullied in public?… Watch to see & remember to #StandUP against bullying. #NationalBullyingPreventionMonthDirected/Produced by Rob Bliss Creative

Posted by UPtv on Friday, October 23, 2015

Vanessa Wilkins wrote for ABC News the girls in the video were actors, and the scene was staged, but PSA director and producer Rob Bliss told Wilkins the reactions by regular people were “100 percent authentic.”

And those reactions might give you a bit of faith in humanity, Beth Greenfield wrote for Yahoo Parenting. At the very least, people waiting for the bus tell the bullies, “Leave her alone, please,” “Quit messing with her … It’s not nice,” and “It’s that stuff

US reaches $95.5M settlement in for-profit education case

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania company that enrolls more than 100,000 students at for-profit trade schools and colleges across the U.S. and Canada has agreed to pay $95.5 million to settle claims it illegally paid recruiters and exaggerated the career-placement abilities of its schools.

Under the deal announced by the Justice Department on Monday, Education Management Corp. also agreed to forgive $102.8 million in loans it made to more than 80,000 former students.

“This case not only highlights the abuses in EDMC’s recruitment system; it also highlights the brave actions of EDMC employees who refused to go along with the institution’s deceptive practices,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a news conference.

The company runs 110 schools in 32 states and Canada for chefs, artists and other trades, including The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University. Under the settlement, it didn’t acknowledge wrongdoing but said it has “worked with state attorneys general to develop new, more transparent recruiting and disclosure standards.”

The case began in 2007 when a recruiter and the EDMC employee who trained her filed a whistleblower lawsuit in federal court in Pittsburgh.

That lawsuit, and others like it, claimed the company signed up students it knew likely wouldn’t

Salt Lake after school program praised by Michelle Obama

SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Curland has been making fiction movies and documentaries since her early teenage years.

Back then, it was with the time and resources of a hobbyist. But two years ago, she found a way to take it to the next level and prepare for a career in filmmaking.

Curland enrolled in Spy Hop Productions, an after-school program in Salt Lake City that combines technology and the arts to teach courses such as film, radio, music, video game design and other media platforms.

It was an outlet that helped Curland develop her creative abilities and skills that apply to other pursuits, she said.

“It helps me do better in all the areas of my life,” Curland said. “Working with anything else in school or in life, it’s really easy because I’m used to making deadlines and I’m used to working at a professional level.”

The Herriman student is now a freshman at Salt Lake Community College, but she now enjoys helping other young students find their way in a similar journey.

“Working at Spy Hop is taking me to the next level, and I’ve been able to really apply what I love to do,” she said. “Here at Spy Hop, they’ve just let

How much freedom do parents have when homeschooling children? Texas case to decide

Mother Laura McIntyre’s nine children began receiving their education by way of homeschooling more than a decade ago inside a vacant El Paso, Texas, office, according to the Associated Press.

But now the McIntyres face a legal battle against the El Paso School District that the Texas Supreme Court is slated to hear next week, which holds ramifications on homeschooling in the U.S.

Will Weissert wrote for AP the family is accused of “failing to teach their children educational basics because they were waiting to be transported to heaven with the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

Bobby Ross Jr. noted for Get Religion that McIntyre has since denied “scrimping” her kids’ education, saying it was a lie told by her brother-in-law, Tracy McIntyre.

The case underscores a question of where religious liberty and parental rights end and where the obligation to make sure home-schooled students learn begins, AP reported.

“Parents should be allowed to decide how to educate their children, not whether to educate their children,” said Rachel Coleman, executive director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, according to AP.

Sarah Kaplan wrote for The Washington Post the dispute’s eventual ruling proves most crucial in Texas: There, 300,000 children receive an education through homeschooling.

In addition,

Is your child a bully or a victim

It’s not easy for parents to know if their child is being bullied, and it’s even harder for them to admit that their sweet youngster might actually be a bully.

There are always going to be parents who see all the signs and even have people tell them that their child is bullying other children but who choose to ignore it. “He’s just being a kid,” they often say. “That other kid needs to learn to take a joke.”

But bullying is not a joke. It has led to life-or-death decisions for many children as technology has taken bullying to new levels. Kids can no longer escape to their homes for refuge. Instead, the bullying follows them on cellphones and social media accounts so that some children are victims of bullying 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I loved the video that went viral this month of two girls teasing a third girl at a bus stop. The girls were all in on the experiment to see what the adults would do about the bullying in front of them. Fortunately, the adults stepped up and told the girls to stop, encouraged the bullied girl to be who she was,

Judge dismisses Common Core lawsuit claiming flawed adoption process

SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the Utah State Board of Education did not follow proper procedures in adopting the Common Core State Standards.

The decision came Tuesday after the attorneys for the State School Board asked the judge last month to make a ruling on the suit, which was filed last year. But plaintiffs in the case say the ruling only dealt with procedural tasks from that request, and they plan to bring what they say are the underlying issues with Utah’s adoption of the Common Core back to court.

“Today’s ruling was merely a minor procedural hurdle and nothing more,” said Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute, which funded the suit. “We fully expect to be back in court within a few months discussing the very same issues after petitioning the board administratively, as the judge instructed.”

The Common Core standards identify minimum achievement benchmarks for students in math and English. The State School Board in 2010 adopted the standards, which were implemented in schools over the following years.

The six plaintiffs claim they weren’t notified of the board’s intent to adopt and implement the standards because “there was never a prescribed time period for

This New York charter school systematically drives out students who don’t fit the mold

A Success Academy in Brooklyn systematically drives out difficult students who do not fit the mold, alleges a New York Times article. The Times conducted multiple interviews that they say buttressed the claim, along with an internal document that listed 18 students with the heading “Got to Go.”

Success Academy is a prominent network of charter schools in New York City founded by Eva Moskovitz, the iconic and combative school reformer who has long been at loggerheads with teachers’ unions and the Bill de Blasio mayoral office.

“Nine of the students on the list later withdrew from the school,” the Times notes. “Some of their parents said in interviews that while their children attended Success, their lives were upended by repeated suspensions and frequent demands that they pick up their children early or meet with school or network staff members. Four of the parents said that school or network employees told them explicitly that the school, whose oldest students are now in the third grade, was not right for their children and that they should go elsewhere.”

The new controversy follows closely on a Slate article last week alleging that Moskovitz had publicized the disciplinary record of a former student, a 10-year-old, which

Smart holiday shopping takes planning and control

Smart holiday shopping takes planning and control

You say it every year after the holidays: “Next year I’m going to spend less money.” But do you? It’s easy to get carried away. It can be just as easy to stay financially fit, even during the busiest shopping season of the year.

The Credit Union National Association (the trade association for credit unions) and the Consumer Federation of America, Washington, D.C., suggest these holiday spending tips:

Budget your spending and set goals: Start with a realistic idea of how much you can spend on holiday gifts, food, travel and so on. Add it up and give some thought to what you can afford. Think about where you might cut back and stick to your budget.

Make a list: Shop from a list to avoid impulse purchases that could leave you snowed under in debt at the end of the season.

Comparison shop: Take the time to find the best deal. Fight the urge to get your shopping over with as quickly as possible, and, for the procrastinator: Don’t wait until the last minute.

Trim your interest payments: If you must pay with a credit card instead of using cash, use

Shop at home for the holidays

Shop at home for the holidays

Does the thought of making your way through crowded malls and shopping at 20 stores only to wait in long check-out lines have you feeling like the Grinch? Shopping online during the holiday season can save time and minimize stress, but know a few simple rules before you dive into the world of online purchasing.

Buy only from familiar companies. Confirm the seller’s contact information in case you have questions or problems in the future. Know exactly what you’re buying. Carefully read the product description. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Protect your privacy. Read and understand the company’s online privacy policy and keep any personal information, passwords or PINs private. Look for these signals indicating that you have entered a secure Web page: a screen notice that says you’re visiting a secure site; a closed lock or unbroken key in the bottom corner of your screen; the first letters of the Internet address you are viewing change from “http” to “https.”

Pay safely. After you review all terms of the sale, such as cost for shipping, delivery date and return policy, you are ready to

Learning how to save money can help you reach your financial goals

Saving for something special?

Learning how to save money is important, whether you have a lot or a little. These tips will help you get started.

Start at the finish line. To begin, start at the end. It might sound silly, but knowing what you want at the end can help you plan. Are you saving for college? Maybe you want to buy a new bike. Whatever your goal, post a picture of it where you’ll see it every day so you’ll remember what you’re saving for.

Spending more than you’re saving? The second step is to look at what you’re spending and how much you’re actually saving. This is where even most adults panic, but it’s not hard. Compare the numbers and ask yourself if you’re spending too much money.

Make a plan. To save successfully, your expenses should not be greater than the total amount you want to save each week. Let’s say you want to save $400 for a guitar, your allowance is $15 a week, but you spend $10 every week on snacks and video games. This means you’re only saving $5 a week. However, save $10 a week and you could buy that guitar in half