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Jun 17, 2019

Stopping the summer brain drain

 

 

According to much research, the summer brain drain is real and potentially damaging to our nations academic, economic, and social future 

 

https://www.idtech.com/blog/summer-slide-facts-for-productive-school-break

 

To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.

  • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al. 2004)
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement, more than other income groups
  • (Cooper, 1996)
  • Summer learning loss is NOT correlated to race, IQ or gender (Cooper, 1996)
  • About two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years (Alexander et al. 2007)

Summer Learning Loss Impacts Every Student and Teacher Every Year

https://www.summerlearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SummerByTheNumbers-1.pdf

 

At TeamChildren we are hard at work distributing low cost refurbished laptops and desktops to families, schools and organizations throughout our region.

Over the past 23+
 years with minimal funding and mostly all-volunteer staff we have distributed close to 18,000 low costs refurbished computers reaching over 85,000 kids 

We are now expanding our effort to reach veterans/first responders and their children and grandchildren

your contribution has and will continue to  make a difference

 

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Mar 22, 2019

Every Child Reading by two

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In Philadelphia alone, over 60% of first graders are not able to read proficiently in the 4th grade.

Throughout our state and across the country half of our kids in elementary school can not read proficiently. I heard recently a politician talking about how great Colorado was then we looked on www.greatschools.org and found that 75% of elementary kids in Dever alone are not proficiently in Math or reading.

This problem begins at home and can end there.

www.kahnacademy.org

www.brillbaby.com

www.factmonster.com

www.handsonparenting.org 

 

These four web sites are a way for parents to go online and find invaluable early learning programs for their kids. 

The challenge is then the digital divide. how many of these parents do not have computers at home. Why is this not a national crisis? 

Your contribution will help us deepen and expand our impact. 

We have now distributed over 18,000 low cost - high quality refurbished computers to families, schools and organizations. We are impacting the academic, economic, social and physical future of over 80,000 kids.  

Here are some statistics 

Elementary and Secondary Education

Enrollment

In fall 2018, about 56.6 million students will attend elementary and secondary schools, including 50.7 million students in public schools and 5.9 million in private schools. Of the public school students, 35.6 million will be in prekindergarten through grade 8 and 15.1 million will be in grades 9 through 12. The fall 2018 public school enrollment is expected to be slightly higher than the 50.6 million enrolled in fall 2017 and is higher than the 49.5 million students enrolled in fall 2010 (source). Total public elementary and secondary enrollment is projected to increase between fall 2018 and fall 2027 to 52.1 million.

 

Of the projected 50.7 million public school students entering prekindergarten through grade 12 in fall 2018, White students will account for 24.1 million. The remaining 26.6 million will be composed of 7.8 million Black students, 14.0 million Hispanic students, 2.6 million Asian students, 0.2 million Pacific Islander students, 0.5 million American Indian/Alaska Native students, and 1.6 million students of Two or more races. The percentage of students enrolled in public schools who are White is projected to continue to decline through at least fall 2027 along with the percentage of students who are Black, while the percentage of students who are Hispanic Asian, and of Two or more races are projected to increase (source).

In fall 2018, about 1.4 million children are expected to attend public prekindergarten and 3.6 million are expected to attend public kindergarten (source).

Oct 22, 2018

Every Child Reading by two

our amazing volunteers
our amazing volunteers

Imagine if every parent had the tools, training and technology to teach their babies and children reading, math, music and encyclopedic knowledge by the time they were two.

Imagine early child education if kids started school already proficient in reading, math etc. 

In this country, we have the ability to do that. What is missing is the will.

If we accepted the inevitability of cancer and knee pain and stopped looking for cures where would we be today. 

In about 6 weeks I will be having knee replacement surgery. 

Here is a brief summary of the advancement of the field

The first total condylar knee replacement. Hospital for Special Surgery's John N. Insall, MD, Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, and Allan E. Inglis, MD, along with biomechanical engineer Peter Walker, PhD, developed the modern knee replacement and implanted it in the first patient in 1974. The first total knee replacement was performed in 1968, but the implant wasn't reliable and the HSS team aimed to create a better option for patients with knee arthritis than pain medication. Their implant was designed to recreate how real knees work and became a game-changer in the field. It was the first implant to address all anatomically shaped parts in the knee. With this implant as the foundation, surgeons and developers have advanced the field immensely. Now knee replacements are standard-of-care procedures and new patient-specific technology is built on the anatomical principles the HSS surgeons studied.

 

Mickey Mantle's first knee surgery in 1951. We consider Mickey Mantle a baseball legend today, but in 1951 he was a New York Yankees rookie that spent part of the season in the team's farm system and was trying to prove himself in his first World Series when an injury during game two forced him to watch the rest of the series from the sideline. He was attempting to catch a ball when his cleat spike hit a rubber drain or sprinkler and caused the first knee injury of his career. Mantle subsequently underwent knee surgery — and several surgeries throughout his career — yet still managed to become one of the most well-regarded baseball players in history. However, according to a New York Times, the injury and surgeries prevented him from becoming one of the greatest statistical performers in history.

 

First knee arthroscopy. Dr. Severin Nordentof, a physician in Denmark, is credited with using the first endoscope to look inside of a knee joint in 1912. He used the Jacobaeus Laparoscope, to examine the interior of knees and discussed his findings at the 41st Congress of the German Surgical Society in Berlin. However, without evidence of surgical intervention, he is not considered to have performed the first knee arthroscopy. Forty-three years later, renowned Japanese surgeon Masaki Watanabe, MD — known for his development of arthroscopy instrumentation — performed the first recorded operative procedure under arthroscopic control. He removed a solitary giant cell tumor from a knee joint during the procedure, and then in 1962 performed the first partial meniscectomy under endoscopic control. Dr. Watanabe was also considered a great teacher and shared his knowledge freely. He authored the Atlas of Arthroscopy, published in English in 1957, and his research became the basis of modern minimally invasive knee surgery today.

 

Adrian Peterson's 2011 knee surgery and amazing recovery. Adrian Peterson was in the running for the National Football League's 2012 most valuable player and noted Hall of Fame prospect for the Minnesota Vikings when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in December 2011. The injury was gruesome and would have left many athletes on the sideline for months — if not the rest of their career. However, Peterson called on renowned knee surgeon James Andrews, MD, noted for his work with elite athletes and returning them to play. Mr Peterson not only underwent the surgery six days after injury but also completed a rigorous rehabilitation schedule and then returned to start for the Vikings week one of the 2012 season — just nine months after surgery, according to Bleacher Report he continued to put up outstanding numbers post-injury and threatened to break league records. Peterson's recovery has now become a benchmark for other athletes suffering ACL tears — fairly or not — as he raised the bar for future knee surgery recovery.

 

Dwayne Wade's 2002 knee replacement surgery. Nearly a decade before he became part of the Miami Heat's "Big Three," Dwayne Wade underwent his first knee surgery to remove the meniscus from his left knee. He was a Marquette college basketball player and decided to undergo the procedure to return to play. While Wade still became a superstar in the National Basketball League, he battled chronic knee pain and issues throughout his career, leading toward a second knee surgery in 2012. In a 2013 interview with ESPN, Wade said he regretted that first knee surgery — technology was less advanced than it is today, and he wasn't thinking about having a long-term career. He was more focused on returning to play in the short term. Wade helped lead the Miami Heat to several championship games, even winning two championship rings, but his injuries may have prevented him from achieving even more. The Heat lost the championship series in 2014 and the key member of Miami's "Big Three" — LeBron James — left the team for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade continues to play for the Heat, but without that first knee surgery he may have made more significant contributions to the game and changed basketball history forever.

 

Bill Clinton's 1997 knee surgery. In the midst of his second term as president, Bill Clinton injured his knee during a fall at Golfing Pro Greg Norman's estate. The president tore a tendon and his subsequent procedure was performed by the chief of orthopaedic surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital David P. Adkison, MD. The procedure put the president on crutches for eight weeks and caused then-First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton to postpone a two-week, six-nation tour of Africa, according to the Baltimore Sun. While the procedure didn't immediately hamper the President's legacy, life with an improperly healed torn tendon would have inhibited President Clinton for years. Since finishing his second term, President Clinton has made a huge impact on global affairs with the philanthropic Clinton Global Initiative — which made nearly 2,500 commitments valued at $87.9 billion, according to Forbs. He also campaigned for President Barack Obama in the 2010 and 2014 campaigns and is considered one of the reasons why the president was elected. His philanthropic work and campaigning would have been impossible — or at least much more painful — with an injured knee.

We have to apply the same knowledge and commitment to transforming early childhood education, your contribution can make the difference. 

 

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