Political Affiliation and Trust in Science

Over at the Cultural Cognition Project, Dan Kahan has offered a fascinating post about the relationship between political beliefs and trust in science. As we all know, party affiliation strongly aligns with beliefs about human causation of climate change. Whereas — according


Classroom Note Taking: A Solution to the Technology Conundrum?

[Editor’s note: this guest blogger piece is by Cindy Gadziala, Chairperson of Theology at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA.] I am a veteran teacher, and yet sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all that I am supposed to be doing in


Using IQ Scores Thoughtfully

Debates about the meaning and value of IQ have long raged; doubtless, they will continue to do so. This article, by a scholar steeped in the field, argues that — even for those who see real benefit in focusing on


Debate: E-Readers and Reading Comprehension

[Editor’s note: Scott’s post is in response to this earlier article.] Most times when I get asked about the e-reader debate, it is usually not a sincere question from a person who does not already hold a strong opinion on the


Head Start: Right on Time

“Children who grow up in poverty often exhibit delays in academic and social-emotional school readiness that undermine their school progress at kindergarten entry and initiate a lifelong trajectory of underachievement and underemployment.”   What a powerful concept — a lifelong


Website of the Day…

You’d like to understand probability and statistics more richly? Perhaps you’d like to visualize some of the more abstract concepts? Here’s a website that will make your day. The landing page alone is worth the click…


Practice Makes Myelin

Here’s a helpful TedEd video on the neuroscience of physical practice. I quibble with some of the details, but think the overall description — and suggestions — are sound.


E-Readers and Reading Comprehension

The invaluable Daniel Willingham briefly reviews the literature, and concludes that — for the time being — students understand more when they read on paper than when they use e-readers. Willingham acknowledges that his review isn’t comprehensive. However, he’s recently written


“Nevertheless, She Persisted”

If you watched the Oscars this past weekend, or simply had lucky t.v. timing over the past few weeks, you may have caught GE’s newest commercial featuring MIT scientist Millie Dresselhaus. The ad aims to promote GE’s upcoming diversity endeavor:


Gender and Competition

According to new research, a key difference might be the choice of opponent.  Whereas men typically prefer to compete against others, women often choose to compete against themselves. (As always: be careful about oversimplifcation of gender roles. I myself am much likelier to