Essential Reads

Is a Philosophy Degree Useful?

If your son or daughter comes home and informs you that they want to major in philosophy, don't panic! They'll be able to do much more than ask about french fries.

Should Your Child Take a Gap Year?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
Malia Obama is bringing attention to a wise option for many kids. For yours?

When Safe Spaces Become Danger Zones

The most important psychological characteristics for becoming a good citizen and mature adult are not forged in safe spaces.

Freshman Year Is Done and Over

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 03, 2016 in Head of the Class
First year college students—soon-to-be sophomores—are heading home for the summer. How can they use their summer wisely?

More Posts on Education

How Lucrative Is a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?

Think you are on the road to financial nowhere because you majored in psychology? The most common career paths for those with a bachelor's in psychology may have you think again.

Poetry in a Second Language

Once upon a time, in Renaissance Europe, multilingual poetry was not an exception but the norm. Was it also a secret tool for learning foreign languages?

How to Get a Great Education for You and Your Child

Choosing the right schools and making the most of them.

Black Studies in Modern Academia

The academic field of Black Studies, interdisciplinary in scope and multi-faceted in purpose, is critical for best educating the next generation of leaders. Here’s a success story.

Cell Phones and College Students

Surprise! Some students see the downside to cell phones.

The Theory Crisis in Psychology

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 Critical Feeling
By answering questions that are solvable, psychology often misses to ask the right questions, as shown with examples from the psychology of art, education, and religion.

The Upcoming Genderal Election for President

Is it time for a woman president? Absolutely. In fact, it’s past time – and that’s a possible problem for Hillary Clinton.

Why Isn't Common Core Working?

Two-thirds of graduating seniors are not ready for college. Seventy-five percent failed the math test and sixty-three percent failed the reading test.

Corinna West on Poetry for Personal Power

The future of mental health interview series continues with Corinna West on the organization Poetry for Personal Power.

The No. 1 Reason You Should Never Be Afraid to Try

New research confirms the proverb, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Unfortunately, a fear of failure is contagious and often passed on from parents to their children.

Hands-Off Parenting For Resilient, Resourceful Children

It can be hard to resist helicopter parenting, but research suggests that less support is the best support. Here is an exploration of the issue and a few suggestions.

Why Are Some Neighborhoods Becoming Extremely Homogenized?

American families are facing a new housing crisis that could dramatically impact school-aged children.

Get Teachers to Pay Attention to Your Bright or Gifted Child

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 How To Do Life
All children deserve an appropriate education. Alas, too many bright and gifted kids don't get it. Here are things a parent can suggest to a teacher that require little extra work.

The Mystery Culprit in the Murfreesboro Arrest Outrage

By Izzy Kalman on April 27, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
The bullying psychology is to blame for the outrageous arrest of ten young children for "doing nothing to stop a fight" in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Stupidity Is Back

Do we have the right to be stupid? My thoughts on stupidity...

The One Best Way to Remember Anything

There is one best way to remember anything. Are you using it?

3 Strategies for Troubled Teens

Replace a troubled personal identity with a more rewarding vocational identity.

Timing Power

Time rules life. You want to know how to use it.

5 Reasons Your Child’s School Needs Spelling Books—Part 2

The brain reads by retrieving spellings of words. Spelling books help kids meet today's rigorous standards.

Why Lots of Love (or Motivation) Isn't Enough

By Alfie Kohn on April 25, 2016 The Homework Myth
Self-esteem, parental love, and motivation to succeed all share one curious feature: "More" isn't necessarily better.

A Bright Future for Teaching: Views From the Heartland

Yeah, this is anecdotal evidence. But it’s enough to reinforce my optimism about the future of college teaching.

David Walker on Indigenous Peoples and Western Mental Health

The future of mental health interview series continues with David Walker on indigenous peoples and western mental health

5 Reasons Your Child’s School Needs Spelling Books—Part 1

Parents and researchers agree that children need explicit spelling instruction in elementary school but school administrators may be ignoring the facts and harming students.

Why 9 out of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are at Grade Level

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 22, 2016 Good Thinking
Kamenetz seems to believe "grade level" means "average". A grade level standard is a minimum, not an average.

Amy Smith on Psychiatric Activism, Rat Parks and Healing Art

The future of mental health interview series continues with Amy Smith on psychiatric activism, rat parks and healing art.

Multiple Intelligence, Higher Education Reform, and Ethics

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 22, 2016 How To Do Life
An interview with Howard Gardner about the theory of multiple intelligences.

Seventeenth Anniversary of the Columbine Shooting

By Izzy Kalman on April 20, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
The 17th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, an event that led to a worldwide anti-bully movement, went by practically unnoticed. And that movement is making bullying worse.

Bones, Blood and Bodies

Podcasts from experts in forensic science and law enforcement assist crime writers to learn details of the disciplines.

David Webb on Activist Websites and Social Media

The future of mental health interview series continues with David Webb on activist websites and social media.

"I Can't Give You a Brain, But I Can Give You a Diploma"

Some projects — like acquiring a genuine education — are not best if you DIY. Sometimes you need a professional. Sometimes you need a professor.