Best of the Web

A selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.

In a new feature on The Parents’ Website, we offer an editor’s selection of articles from around the web that provide interesting and stimulating reading for parents.

7 Things All Parents Need to Know about Pokémon Go!

(Kylie Matthews,

It’s been impossible to miss – the craze that is Pokémon Go has swept Australia. Unless you are a devotee – and many adults are – you may be struggling to come to grips with the phenomenon. The basics are that it is a new app that connects with a GPS signal, giving users a real-time map and the location of wild Pokémon that players collect. What should parents know?

8 Digital Skills We Must Teach our Children

(Yuhyun Park, Agenda, World Economic Forum)

Children are using digital technology at increasingly younger ages and for longer periods, with a significant impact of their health and well-being. How can parents, educators and leaders prepare them for the digital age? Digital intelligence – or DQ – is a set of social, emotional and cognitive abilities that enable individuals to face the challenges and adapt to the demands of digital life.

No grades, no classes: Berlin School Turns Teaching Upside Down

(Philip Oltermann, The Guardian)

It’s the school where students decide what they want to study and when they take an exam. The only set subjects are maths, German, English and social studies. From there it goes free-form: with courses such as ‘challenge’, where students aged 12-14 are given 150 Euro ($A220) to head off on an adventure they have planned. It seems to be working: The Evangelical School Berlin Centre (ESBC) is getting impressive results.

How to Raise Brilliant Children, According to Science

(Anya Kamenetz, nprEd)

Are we educating children the right way?  A new book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, challenges some fundamental thinking. One of the authors, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, says we’re training children to do what computers do –  spit back facts. And computers are always going to be better. Humans are better at being social, navigating relationships, being citizens in a community. ‘We need to change the whole definition of what success in school, and out of school, means.’