Essential Reads

What Do Children Know About Climate Change?

There are proven strategies to help children become eco-warriors

The Power of Wisdom to Enact Social Change

Will technology really solve our problems? A conversation with Kentaro Toyama

Recent Posts on Education

Moneygrams: Recalled Childhood Memories About Money

A surprising number of people are "money troubled". Because money is a taboo topic people often get surprised by the money beliefs and habits of their partners who they have known for a long time. But where do these money attitudes and habits come from? Do we have moneygrams from our childhood?

Kids and TV

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in Screen Time
Why do you think people tend to be so fearful about the effects on TV?

What Do Children Know About Climate Change?

Children are the future stewards of our fragile ecosystem. What does research tell us about what children know and feel about environmental threats, such as climate change? What are the best ways to educate and engage children on these issues?

High Stakes Testing in America

“Thank God it’s over.” That’s what my high school educator friend in Florida says. The fattening-the-pig-by-weighing-it, over-the-top testing, happened almost every day from March to mid-May and impacted every student in his school. Everyone’s overwrought with this mess, most likely including the guy who started it, Jeb Bush.

The Four R's - Reading, 'Riting, "Rithmatic and Resonance

By Amy Banks on May 26, 2015 in Wired For Love
Connection and cooperation are part of the everyday lives of most people and a strong mirror neuron system is essential in each and every one of life’s negotiations. It is high time that we add the fourth “R” to the basic skills taught in education—reading, ‘riting, ’rithmetic, and resonance!

The #1 Rule for How to Inspire Passion in Others

By Gregg Levoy on May 25, 2015 in Passion!
For anyone in a position of leadership or stewardship—whether you're a parent or teacher, minister or manager, performer or politician, this much is certain: your passion is critical to their engagement.

Balancing a Japanese and Irish Heritage

I have learned to balance my parents' lessons in living.

Decision-Making 101

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in Memory Medic
Good decision making depends on selective attention skills. Seniors are better at this than young people, whose culture and schools are making matters worse.

The Psychology of Plagiarism: Is Cheating the New Normal?

By Peg Streep on May 21, 2015 in Tech Support
Have we become a nation of cheaters, so focused on getting what we want that we don't care what means we use?

Self-Learner in Your Home?

By David Palmer Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Gifted Kids
Self-Learner in your home? Free and low cost resources available!

A Select Assortment of Books and More

Not every worthy book or DVD gets the attention it deserves. Here are a few you might otherwise miss.

The Psychology of Getting Back in the Batter’s Box

Want to learn about building resilience? Developing team values? Developing a positive identity? Little League baseball has got all of this and more.

The Power of Wisdom to Enact Social Change

Many believe that the rise of technology and the logical problem solving mindset can solve the world’s problems. But after years of creating technologies to help improve poverty, health, and education, Kentaro Toyama started to reach a different conclusion: Social change comes from the heart, mind, and will of people. Technologies are only as good as the wisdom of people.

Mentoring: The Missing Link for Highly Sensitive Children

Ever wonder if your sensitive child needs a mentor?

Why Children Might Benefit From a “Combination” Classroom

Many parents are concerned when their child is placed in a combined class (i.e., first and second graders or third and fourth graders together). Here are 9 advantages of “combo” classes

How Technical Devices Influence Children's Brains

Guest blog by Dan Riseman, president of Riseman Educational Counseling, covers children's brain development. Here are some dos and don'ts regarding devices.

The Sexuality Of Schools

By Nick Luxmoore on May 16, 2015 in Young People Up Close
The way a school expresses or represses its collective sexual identity will have an effect on the individuals attending that school.

What Women Need to Know about the Bystander Effect in Men

The problem of sexual aggression toward female students by their male peers is becoming an increasing matter of concern on college campuses. Alcohol is known to be a risk factor in fueling violence against women but new research shows that sexist attitudes greatly compound the dangers.

The One Graduation Message We All Need to Hear

The field of evolutionary psychology has enormous implications for how to guide the next generation of leaders. In particular, the field helps illuminate the nature of giving—a value that we expect all of our graduates to internalize.

Grit's Dilemma

It should come as no surprise that athletics is ready to jump on the grit-wagon. Is it ready for the bright lights of big time athletics?

Helping Others Navigate the Healthcare System

Not knowing how to navigate the health care system can lead to important delays and serious health consequences. Alarmingly, over half the U.S. population are not adequately prepared. Counselors are vital to the process of reversing the number of people unfamiliar with the healthcare system.

Helping Professions for Veterans

Psychology Careers for Veterans

Can We Afford to Reform Our Public Schools?

Can we really afford to fix our schools, even if we know how? Battles over teacher training, testing, and curriculum materials are only a few of the roadblocks. Will federal and state legislators work with entrepreneurs and businesses folks to provide money for reform?

A Contrast to Psychiatry: The ‘Hearing Voices’ Movement

Those opposed to classical psychiatric models claim that hearing voices may be a normal part of the human experience and that the diagnosis of schizophrenia may be unfounded.

The Case for Margins in a Student’s Life

By Tim Elmore on May 14, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
I’ve noticed a subtle pattern in college and high school students. I wonder if you’ve seen it too. Over the past year, I’ve marveled at what kids find humorous.

School Refusal and Severe Social Withdrawal

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 14, 2015 in Saving Normal
A kid not going to school is a crisis for family and school. Parents and teachers often feel helpless and perplexed. The kid may quickly spiral down into increased anxiety, avoidance, despair, and gaming. Starting treatment early reduces the risks the child will develop severe school refusal and become completely homebound.

On Being a Subject of Oliver Sacks

: After I experienced a dramatic improvement in my vision, I was asked to participate in several scientific experiments. However, the investigator from whom I learned the most was Oliver Sacks.

(Some Of) My Teaching Philosophy

By Jesse Marczyk on May 13, 2015 in Pop Psych
Student evaluations of teachers tend to be negatively predictive of teaching effectiveness. Perhaps there are ways of fixing that problem with the right methods

Finding Something to Like

There is an art to what you say to people when you are evaluating their work and the work leaves much to be desired. My view is that you don’t want to be dishonest, but at the same time you don’t want to crush a person’s spirit.