Essential Reads

What’s Happening to College Students Today?

I have a sad story to tell you...

Humankind's Current Growing Pains Are Right On Schedule

An optimistic interpretation of our current crises

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

Teachers, professors, employers, parents, & students explain students’ problems.

The Ethics of Recent Protests on College Campuses

Can campus protest movements embrace important ethical principles?

Recent Posts on Education

Does Reading Matter?

Every decade, fewer adults in the U.S. are reading for pleasure. Does it matter?

What’s Happening to College Students Today?

By Tim Elmore on November 30, 2015 Artificial Maturity
So, what’s going on? Is life really that bad for these students?

Is Failure the New Black in Parenting?

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Inside Parenting
Telling parents to back off and let their kids fail may sound very hip, but there's a hitch in the daily experience of being a kid. It's called a grade.

A Letter from a Dejected Young Person

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 How To Do Life
Her liberal arts college education got her a job as a car rental clerk. I suggest options.

Humankind's Current Growing Pains Are Right On Schedule

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 Ambigamy
Taking stock is a good use of the holiday season, hard this year what with the calamities all around us. Still, from a broad vista humankind is doing fine, just what we'd expect to be doing now given evolutionary and human history.

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Freedom to Learn
The high and apparently increasing rates of emotional disorders and problems of everyday living among college students have generated great concern on campuses throughout the nation. Here I present a sample of views expressed by K–12 teachers, professors, employers, parents, and students about the sources of students’ emotional and coping difficulties.

A Letter From a Scared High School Senior

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 How To Do Life
Her questions and my answers about college, career, and life.

The Ethics of Recent Protests on College Campuses

Excellent models of protest movements exist such as those conducted by Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps our current college students might take a page from their playbooks and model them in their efforts to assist in righting previous and current wrongs and to do so ethically so that their desire for change is consistent with ethical behavior.

Introducing Heterodox Academy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Rabble Rouser
Fighting "Mirror Image McCarthyism" and Advancing Political Diversity on Campuses

Assessing Your Work and Life Balance

By Steve Sisgold on November 24, 2015 Life in a Body
Nothing is as close to us as our body, ...about which we know so little.

Mostly Leftist Threats to Mostly Campus Speech

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Rabble Rouser
Social justice, trigger warnings, microagressions -- mounting threats to freedom of speech on campuses and elsewhere

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

The big lie is this: That a college education is ....

The End of Rural Communities: Why Young People Leave

Research shows that young people prefer to remain in their rural communities if they have access to education and employment opportunities. It will take governments and the private sector to build resilient rural spaces that stop out-migration.

Can Us Dieters Really Have Our Cake and Eat it, too?

By Gregg McBride on November 21, 2015 The Weight-ing Game
When working to get or stay healthy, any food and drink requires portion control. This is as true for green beans as it is for fresh-baked treats. That's what moderation is all about. And whether you incorporate moderation into your lifestyle before, during or after a diet, it's something you're going to want to master at some point.

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

We typically think of math anxiety as universally bad for math learning, but a team of scholars have now discovered that the relationship between math anxiety and learning is much more complex.

Teaching Tolerance in a Time of Terror

It may seem easy to counteract chaos and unrest resulting from terrorist attacks by pointing fingers at entire groups. We need to be clear about what such stances communicate especially to our children.

Changing School Start Times

Should schools start later for high school students? What about for elementary school students?

Uncovering a Hidden Factor in School Reform

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Digital Pandemic
Do kids from the lower social class deserve a chance? Of course they do, but how do we provide it?

Student Protests and Omnipotent Control

By Carrie Barron M.D. on November 19, 2015 The Creativity Cure
College student protests, anger, power and tearing down the holding environment.

How Athletes Can Address the Psychology of Injury

By Laura M Miele Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 The Whole Athlete
What we can learn from Lamar Odom.

How Making Colleges 'Safe Spaces' Makes Us All Less Safe

After years of colleges’ efforts to cultivate tolerance on their campuses, college students may be less tolerant than ever.

A Man's World but Not a Boy's

What do I tell my sons? That they should encourage their sons to support the aspirations of girls, girls who are already surpassing them in school at all levels, and going on to graduate schools in larger numbers?

Should We Let Kids Study What Interests Them?

By Garth Sundem on November 17, 2015 Brain Trust
Does a child's intrinsic motivation increase math scores? Of course it does! That is, unless you look at the science.

What Are You Learning?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 Your Wise Brain
It shows you're paying attention, it gets things out in the open and it slows emotional conversations.

Do Bullies Want Love, Not War?

Psychologists in Canada have found that bullies experience greater opportunities for sex. Bullies are more likely to have dated, had sex, and to report numerous sexual partners.

Holistic Learning: Operating From a Sense of Insecurity

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Jacob's Staff
Why are the tools and methods that worked so well in the 20th Century so ineffective in the 21st Century? How clearly do we understand the world we live in today as being different from (or similar to) previous ones? How can we respond effectively to challenges that are overwhelming, unclear and rapidly changing? What do we need to be learning?

Culture Is Not a Luxury

The history of humanity is known and understood through the arts and artifacts left behind.

Your Child's Brain on Books

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on November 14, 2015 Tell Me a Story
Reading books to young children is an everyday activity in many households. New research offers clues on how picturebook reading is important for your child's brain development.

A Workover: He Wants to Make a LIving Conducting Workshops

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 14, 2015 How To Do Life
A transcript of an exchange with a caller on my NPR-San Francisco radio program.