How Children Succeed

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Radio Lab – Your Future in a Marshmallow

  • The “Marshmallow Test” is to test will power through delayed gratification
  • The average time of resistance was 7 to 8 minutes
  • children who could wait for the marshmallow statistically; were less “troubled”, scored higher on the SATs and were physically healthier

This American Life

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  • According to an economist, it’s more efficient to dropout of high school and get your GED.
  • High school teaches discipline more so than knowledge
  • the GED test scores only test a cognitive skills
  • High school teaches soft skills, social skills, etc.
  • Children raised in impoverished families, tend to handle stress better
  • Stress prevents the learning of non cognitive skills
  • Repeated stress can hurt the ability to learn, because of a loss of focus
  • 1/3 of children in the united states do not have a strong connection to their parents and home (resulting in stress)

Important steps to success

  • Control your impulses
  • Remember that life isn’t easy and it’s okay to make mistakes
  • Find out how to make things work for you
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Listen Smart – Safely Handling the Power of Sound

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Listen Smart – Safely Handling the Power of Sound

  • Hearing loss can be gradual, or instantaneous
  • Listening smart, is listening in a way that enriches you but cannot hurt you
  • Sound is measured in decibels, or strength of sound
  • Hearing damage will start at 90 decibels, if in that environment for more than 8 hours
  • You should not listen to something at 100 decibels for more than 2 hours
  • Sound above 120 decibels should be avoided completely
  • Pain in the ears will begin at 125 decibels
  • A concert, can expose you to 140 decibels of sound, about the same amount as a jet airplane’s takeoff
  • Long term exposure to loud sound can permanently damage your hearing abilities
  • one out of twelve 30-year olds in the U.S. are hearing impaired
  • If your ears are ringing and you feel bad the next day (after hearing a loud noise) it is called a temporary threshold shift
  • ringing in the ears can be permanent
  • signs of hearing damage: Ringing, pain, or loss of hearing high pitches,
  • The best medicine is prevention (earplugs, standing further away, take a break, avoid stimulants For Audio Career Tips

  • musicians, and actors (if there is a band) are constantly exposed to loud sound
  • length of exposure effects hearing ability just as much as loudness
  • Employers and employees of concert halls, pubs, or other public places are responsible for protecting the hearing of all workers
  • Be aware and control the amount of noise you are hearing on a constant basis
  • Instruments like brass and percussion can cause the highest level of noise
  •  Teachers of  a music class are responsible for their students, and their own hearing

Chart of Sound in the Environment

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