Why Your Brain Has Better Things to Do than “Grow”

Intuitively, the idea of “growing” sounds great. It’s become synonymous with making something bigger, better, or more mature. We’re inundated with messages to grow our wealth, grow our networks, grow our following;it was just a matter of time before people

What Kind of Citizen?: Educating Our Children for the Common Good by Joel Westheimer

Schools may be vehicles for achieving our idealized society because they allow us to mold young people to bring about positive societal change. As such, we need to make careful choices about what and how we teach students. Dr. Joel

The Impact of Brain Damage on Education: An Interview with a Leading Vision Scientist

  As an optometrist-scientist and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lotfi Merabet is passionate about investigating the complex relationship between visual impairment (including blindness) and the brain. Most recently, as director of the Laboratory for Visual

How to Get the Most Out of Reading to Children

For years we’ve known about the literacy gap between children of differing socio-economic backgrounds. We’ve known too that vocabulary acquisition levels are a primary measure of this divide1, 2. While digital technology makes it easier than ever for children to

The Power of the Pen: A Simple Exercise that Can Make a Big Difference

In 1988 psychologist James Pennebaker1 and his colleagues conducted a study with somewhat of a counterintuitive design: 50 college students were randomly assigned to write about either a personal topic or an assigned topic that was far less emotional. Their

Math is for Babies: You’re Never too Young to Start Learning

When I was teaching math, I worked with many students like Olivia. She was a sophomore in high school and wanted to be an actress; her parents were artists; her brother was, without hyperbole, a guitar prodigy. Olivia’s family needed

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith

Tony Wagner, a life-long educator and the author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap, and Ted Dintersmith, a venture capitalist and the executive producer and funder of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed, argue that schools are stifling

Girls Code, but Boys don’t Play with Dolls

I was sitting in yet another meeting about increasing girls’ participation in STEM-related activities, when the question hit me: Why is there such a push for girls to learn “hard skills,” yet little is done to increase male acquisition of

Ostracism Hurts: Why being ignored can be just as painful as bullying

Stories of bullying and harassment in schools have become all too familiar. But there is another form of silent abuse that has been found to be just as devastating – and may be going unnoticed. Recent research has found that

Duly Noted: The Difference Between Laptops and Pen & Paper

In April of 2014, Pam Mueller and Dan Oppenheimer struck psychology gold with their cleverly titled article, “The Pen is Mightier than the Laptop: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking.”1 No psychology article that I know of has gotten