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

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Stop Making Me So Anxious!

Consider these five ways to move yourself away from the negative overtones and undertones and back to a centered, peaceful place.

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.

The Arts as an Opportunity for Psychological Research

All children, all over the world, engage in dance, music, dramatic pretend play, and art. How can psychologists use this opportunity to study child development in the real world?

Don't Lecture Me!

By Alfie Kohn on June 26, 2017 in The Homework Myth
Why do college (and high school) instructors still spend so much time talking at students when research shows that isn't a particularly effective way to learn?

Times of Change in College Athletics

By Brian Tompkins on June 26, 2017 in View From The Dugout
When a veteran college coach becomes an administrator, the change in perspective bears similarities to that of a freshman athlete.

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?

Thank You, Mrs. Price

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in BrainSnacks
If you love someone; if you appreciate them; if you're grateful to them - tell them now. One day it will be too late.

Pride in Mental Health: Advocacy

An interview with Jillian Weiss of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and Calvin Stowell of DoSomething.org.

Monumental Los Angeles Bullying Verdict Rewards Homophobia

By Izzy Kalman on June 23, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
No one seems to realize that an unprecedented award of $17.4 to a homophobe in a Los Angeles workplace bullying lawsuit represents the ultimate insult to the gay population.

Is There Really a Boy Crisis?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Talking About Men
Some scholars have long stated that we are in the midst of a ‘boy crisis’, manifesting itself in educational under-achievement and poor mental health. But is this the case?

Pride in Mental Health: Education

An interview with GLSEN (creating safe schools for all, regardless of orientation or identity) and The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a safe space for LGBT youth and families).

Free Speech and Thought on Campus

Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.

The Para-professional–Student Relationship

Para-professionals wield tremendous power over their charges. After reading “My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help me; instead, she Bullied me” I went looking for an interview.

Learning Stuff While Missing the Point

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Memory Medic
The best way to remember factoids is the thinking required to understand them.

I Am a Teen and Have Feelings Toward a Teacher

How to deal with feelings toward a teacher.

Memoirs: Learning Too Late About Our Dad’s Military Life

In writing a memoir about growing up with Italian grandparents, I came to see all the questions we might have asked about our father.

National PTSD Awareness Month

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in The New Normal
June is a time to celebrate a psychiatric revolution.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

By Ray Williams on June 16, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything we've experienced before.
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Eight Reasons Why We Get Bored

Boredom is an unpleasant emotional state in which the individual feels a lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity.

Learning Is a Key Component in Increasing Confidence

Empowering female artisans abroad increases confidence and decreases anxiety.
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Ten Commandments for How to Talk About Mental Health

Words can hurt. Choose yours carefully.

The Doctor Is In: New Web Series Explores the World of Kink

A new web series provides insight, humor and education about BDSM.

Choosing a College Major

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Head of the Class
Many recent high school graduates are thinking about what they want to study in college. What should they be thinking about when deciding on a college major?

41 Useful Words and a Fun Way to Learn Them

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in How To Do Life
The final installment in a five-part series on vocabulary building for helping professionals

Must My Son Be a Feminist?

Everywhere I look there are examples of how boys are in need of re-shaping.

The 11 Commandments of Criticism

Criticism is a crucial skill, but most of us are fearful of giving it and inept when we do. Here is how to make yourself a productive critic.

Adam Ruined My Research

What happens when you meet someone who criticized your research? A debate about generations, and a story of open discussion.

Income, Education, Social Support, and Brain Development

Several studies have found adverse relationships among poverty, low parental educational levels, and brain development.

Ideal Purposes of Schools: Readers Weigh In

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
About 170 readers responded to my request to describe the ideal purposes of schools. Their responses, taken all together, produce a vision that is worthy of serious consideration.