Can LA’s Approach to Homelessness Become a National Model? Hilton Hopes So

With two recent grants to Pathways to Housing and LA Family Housing, the Hilton Foundation is continuing its efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Those efforts go back over 20 years, and the foundation has funded a range of approaches to this problem over time. Hilton hasn’t just been a funder in this space. It’s been a convener of different stakeholders. Currently, the foundation is well into a five-year Chronic Homelessness Strategic Initiative.

Can LA’s Approach to Homelessness Become a National Model? Hilton Hopes So – Housing – Inside Philanthropy.

Scholars: “Grit” May Not Be Related to Creativity

Kiersten Marek:

Interesting new research on the lack of connection between grit and creativity. However, I do think in order to make it in most creative endeavors, you have to be persistent and have stamina to deal with failure.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

An article in Education Week reports on research about “grit” or perseverance at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Scholars reported that it had more bearing on academic outcomes than on creativity.

“Magdalena G. Grohman, the associate director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas, argues that grittiness is not the end-all, be-all for student success. “When you look at it, these [areas studied by Ms. Duckworth] are well-defined areas and the rules for achievement are well-defined in those areas,” she said. “We know what to do to get good grades, what to do to stay in military school, and what to do to win in contests such as spelling bees. The rules are pretty clear on what the achievement is and what success is in these domains. But what about creative achievement?”

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Susan Ochshorn: Play Is Necessary for Children’s Healthy Mental Development

Kiersten Marek:

Social Worker’s orders: take time to play today and every day.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Susan Ochshorn, a specialist in early childhood education, demonstrates in this post (as she has before, and will again) that play is crucial for the healthy mental development of young children. Ochshorn is the founder of ECE Policyworks and a tireless advocate for childhood.

Ochshorn cites the research of Deborah Leong to explain the importance of play.

“Self-regulation, as the non-neuroscientists among us refer to executive function, has to do with the development of the prefrontal cortex, and influences both cognition and emotions. Leong compares this “muscle,” which grows exponentially in the years from birth to five, to a traffic controller, allocating mental resources to focus on the tasks at hand. Here are the three components of executive function:

Inhibitory self-control, which allows children to delay gratification, and to stay on task, even when they’re bored;

Working memory, which enables kids to take multiple perspectives and hold two strategies in…

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Small Investors Just Proved Why Fed’s ‘Wealth Effect’ Is Bogus

Kiersten Marek:

Some interesting analysis on why the “wealth effect” is not happening, and statistics on how little the American public knows about recent events in the stock market.

Originally posted on Your Newsline Independent Reporting From Around The World :

The American public is astute about a lot of things, but the stock market – despite all the hoopla in the media and even on NPR – apparently isn’t one of them. That’s what the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index survey found.

And it raises some thorny issues about the Fed’s strategy to print a few trillion dollars and force interest rates down to near zero in order, as it said, to inflate stocks and other financial assets, thereby triggering the “wealth effect,” which would stimulate the Main Street economy. This is, of course, precisely what has not happened. And the American investing public just told us why.

The survey asked American investors with $10,000 or more in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or in a self-directed IRA or 401(k) – so not the entire American public but only those who have a stake in the markets – to comment on…

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