Insights on Education

From language acquisition to problem solving to social skills, questions of how we learn are central to understanding human development. Formal education has its share of critics—can psychology lead the way to true reform?

Recent posts on Education

Helping Kids Succeed—Minus the Stress

The secret of high-achievers is NOT tutoring or AP classes

Response to the School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying Lie

Juxtaposing the emergence of bullying as a contemporary social problem against the emergence of domestic violence as a social problem during the 60s and 70s is instructive.

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Of all the novels on this list, how many have you read and enjoyed? Which books aren't here that you regard as essential? (Why aren't Hemingway or Melville here? I'm not a fan...)

How Schools (Sometimes) Fail Our Children

By Maureen D Healy on August 26, 2016 in Creative Development
Can your child's school improve in certain areas?
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The Perils of Multitasking

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Memory Medic
Multitasking not only becomes a habit, it is addictive. I see many youngsters who seem to have withdrawal symptoms if they can't check their phone messages every few minutes.

On a B.F. Skinner Quote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
What do you remember from your education? What are the implications of that?

Size Matters

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Adaptive Behavior
When is a gift not a gift? The hidden, but predictable, cost of real-life changes in reinforcement schedule

The "School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying" Lie

By Izzy Kalman on August 25, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
When children like Daniel Fitzpatrick commit suicide because of bullying, parents accuse the schools of having done nothing. They're usually wrong.

Serious Learning Happens at Summer Camp - Without Technology

For those ending a summer at camp, the transition back to home, school and screen time can be infused with lessons from June, July and August.

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

Muscle Memory—It’s in Your Head, Not Your Limbs

Don’t believe promises of “accelerated learning.” Four proven practices can boost retention and give you peace of mind instead.

So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

Dancing With the Shadow: A Conversation With Connie Zweig

By Mark Matousek on August 24, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The pioneering Jungian analyst talks about the gifts of the shadow and the importance of bringing mindfulness, as well as compassion, to our forbidden zones.

To Bribe or Not to Bribe

Reading incentive programs, where students get points or prizes, and sometimes even grades, for reading “fun” books, are a ubiquitous feature of many literacy programs.

One Question You Need to Ask Yourself About Your Syllabus

Are you a college teacher? A small question might make you want to make big changes. It did for me.

To Be or Not to Be: School of Hard Knocks or the Quad?

By Dena Kouremetis on August 23, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You dream all your life of having a child who values what college has to offer, and then you find out otherwise. Have you failed at parenting? We don't think so...

‘7 Strengths’ Supports Emotional and Social Learning

By Pam Allyn on August 23, 2016 in LitLife
We all have a critical role to play in helping our children grow into engaged, empathic, and caring citizens. Reading and self-expression are key tools.

Making the Transition From High School and Home to College

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Head of the Class
First time college students and their parents both have to deal with big changes—what are some suggestions that can help make the transition a smooth one?

Should Academic Achievement Be the Primary Goal of Education

We spend huge amounts of money determining whether schools are teaching academic material successfully. But is that the most important task for schools? Maybe not.

Should We Treat Business School Students Like Customers?

University professors and administrators should be customer-oriented, but we should not treat students like customers.

Are Teachers Our Most Undervalued Leaders?

By Victor Lipman on August 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Some HR executives like to hire teachers because they have outstanding communication and presentation skills – highly valued in the corporate world.

From Novice to Expert: Knowing & Moving Through the Stages

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 20, 2016 in Fixing Families
Learning moves through stages. Here's the 4 steps. Time to match up and look ahead.

Politics, Values, and Youth Sports

With the political blitz on “values,” where do sports fit in?
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Care to Live Long? You Might Try Reading Books

It's better to read books than bumper stickers.

An Active Boy Writes to His Teacher

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
Lessons for teachers and parents.

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Graduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific fields from biomedicine to psychology are a mess. How bad? No one really knows. Maybe it is not that bad. Maybe it is awful.

10 Tips for Peaceful Teaching

Children see themselves reflected in our eyes, and they assume we're right about who they are. Most adults have a story about a teacher who made a big difference in our lives.
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Original Teenage Soul

By John P. Schuster on August 18, 2016 in The Power of Your Past
The soulful social psychology of this weekend was not lost on any of us. We were celebrating the best parts of us that only these old friends know in its purest forms.

Am I Ready to Teach?

It’s the night before classes, and all through my brain all I could think of was the emotional strain…

The Rise of the Monster Parent

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Teachers in North America already deal with parents who watch over every aspect of their child's education. But reports out of Asia say that things could be worse. Much worse.