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  • 10-15% of K-12 Students "are missing nearly as much seat time as teenagers"
  • Leads to "weaker math and reading skills that become long-term deficits for students"
  • Chronic preschool absence creates "weaker social-emotional development, and more trouble with basic academic skills later on"
  • 25% of 30,000 teachers cited the bathroom issue as an everyday stressor.
  • "In 3rd place only after time pressure and disciplinary issues."
  • 15% of teachers strongly agreed they were currently enthusiastic about profession; 90% were enthusiastic upon starting their career.
  • Most US schools teach legible writing in kindergarten and 1st grade, then emphasis shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.
  • Handwriting activates neural circuits helping children learn to read quicker, generate ideas and retain information better
  • Psychologists reported students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard
  • 22 Studies show that school gardens have a direct impact on academic performance.
  • "93 percent reported improved student performance in science, 80 percent saw improvement in math and 72 percent noted improvement in language arts
  • Survey data of 1600 students confirms the decline of the textbook driven by high costs of books
  • Students are turning to pirate websites, photocopying and downloading copies from other students
  • Digital textbooks don't appear to be the best solution: 50% of students prefer print over digital; 29% want a combo of both
  • Laughter releases dopamine, one of the brain’s feel-good reward hormones and you grow less critical of your ideas
  • A positive mood facilitates innovative thinking and problem solving, due to what psychologists call cognitive flexibility
  • Ultra-quick startups like Yammer and Square show we clearly needed cognitive flexibility in our working lives
  • Laughter releases dopamine, one of the brain’s feel-good reward hormones and you grow less critical of your ideas
  • A positive mood facilitates innovative thinking and problem solving, due to what psychologists call cognitive flexibility
  • Ultra-quick startups like Yammer and Square demonstrate we clearly needed cognitive flexibility in our working lives
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