Essential Reads

Personality and Income

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in A Sideways View
Many things determine your salary: education, the job sector, the state of the economy. But also your personality: your motivation, how hard you work and your work relationships.

Plato on Democracy, Tyranny, and the Ideal State

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 26, 2016 in Hide and Seek
What would Plato have to say about today’s democracies?

Epigenetic Mechanism in the Cerebellum Drives Motor Learning

New research pinpoints how we learn new motor skills such as riding a bicycle, playing the piano, driving a car, etc.

The Psychology of Scientific Advancement

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Michio Kaku

More Posts on Education

Connecting Spelling Books to Reading Scores

Do you know why so many American school children can't read proficiently? Guess what we aren't teaching.

"Pay Attention, Teach'"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in How To Do Life
On communicating effectively with people with a different world view.

A Student Veteran’s Guide to College Moral Tribes

By Rob Henderson on July 27, 2016 in After Service
What challenges do military veterans face when adapting to college social norms?

What's Wrong in America?

If you are frustrated or angry with what you see wrong in America, you could be part of the solution by simply changing your frame of mind. Learn how.
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Is Your School Helping or Hurting Your Child’s Literacy?

Reading is key to success. Five common teaching practices that don't work; and six ways to support kids in acquiring a love of reading that encourages learning across the lifespan.

The Question of Choice

By Alfie Kohn on July 22, 2016 in The Homework Myth
Claims that too much choice isn't good are based on a trivial kind of choosing. Also, beware attempts to hijack the word to legitimize other agendas, such as privatization.

Why Do Run-Down Schools Trigger Lower Test Scores?

A new study from Cornell University identifies a chain reaction that occurs in run-down schools which results in lower test scores for students from all walks of life.

The Balancing Act of Living with Chronic Pain

By Dan Mager MSW on July 21, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
If you have chronic pain, you can learn how to go beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone, and through practice find the sweet spot between not doing enough and doing too much.

What College Graduates Need to Do First—and Other Lessons

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Superbosses
What do college kids need to do to get a great job? What do great leaders do that other leaders don't? Let's ask someone with answers: Muhlenberg College President John Williams.

International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Festival

Flip your lid, settle your glitter, stand on your head, use your red cape and green cape, use your soaring words, and be an orange frog! Every school should host a mini-festival!

8 Hard, Big Questions and My Insufficient Answers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Thinking about these questions can lift us above our quotidian concerns.

A 60 Second Journey Deep Into Your Unconscious

Venture into the unknown...if you dare!

Why No One Should Ever Use the Word 'Cult'

By Guy P. Harrison on July 18, 2016 in About Thinking
If "cult" is a sleazy, illogical slur word, why does everyone use it?

Take Note! Taking Notes

It seems obvious that motivated students will take notes without being encouraged. But how shall we encourage students to bring notebooks to class and actually take notes?

Dr. G's 10 Rules to Love By

All couples go through all kinds of ups and downs. As long as we are learning, then we have the ability to keep our relationships moving forward.

Raising an Unhurried Child in a Hurried World

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview of David Elkind

Positive Education 2.0

The next step for positive education is greater focus on strategy and professional 'practice.'

The Most Important Thing About Bullying Prevention

What is your mantra for bringing an end to bullying—in seven words or less?

5 Ways Outdoor Learning Optimizes Children's Well-Being

New research has pinpointed five ways that outdoor learning benefits children's overall well-being.

The Greatest Conspiracy Theory of All Time

By Guy P. Harrison on July 10, 2016 in About Thinking
What do you say to people who claim nobody ever walked on the Moon?

“She Has No Money; She’ll Come Crawling Back.” NOT!

Financial control increases abusers' power over a partner. Innovative approaches offer survivors steps toward financial independence so they can take back their lives.

Where We Fail Our Children

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on July 09, 2016 in Shift Happens
Our kids are not prepared for life beyond high school. Is it our fault as parents? The fault of our schools? How can we fix this and give our kids the necessary tools for living?

The Case for Copying

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
Why rote learning such as memorizing and copying is underrated.

10 Tips to Boost Performance & Live a Richer & Happier Life

Is our level of happiness something we can control? Evidence shows that about one half of our happiness is predetermined—the other half is ours for the taking.

Safeguarding Seniors Young and Old: From Meds to Housing

From medications to care groups and housing, seniors young and old need facts and advocates to help make thoughtful decisions.

The Scholar

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short, short story about change.

Small Changes in Teaching

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Head of the Class
You don't have to completely change the way you teach a course—small adjustments can pay large dividends for you and your students.
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School Reform? Let Them Eat Cake!

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on July 04, 2016 in Digital Pandemic
Is force-feeding advanced academics really a good idea?

Protecting Our Next Generation

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on July 03, 2016 in Fertility Factor
If we wish for the next generation to be better protected from the trauma of infertility, education is needed.

The Top 5 Graduate School Application Taboos to Avoid

Graduate school admissions advice can quickly get overwhelming and out of hand. Read on for five quick tips to set you on the right track.