Essential Reads

The Back-to-School-Night Speech We'd Like to Hear*

An imaginary principal delivers an exercise in wish fulfillment

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

College athletics can be an excellent venue to nurture ethics and character.

Time Management 101

Helping College Students Manage Their Time More Effectively

Four Essential Keys to Successful Teaching

Qualities that all teachers should strive for

Recent Posts on Education

The Scary Truth About Procrastination

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 Motivate!
Sometimes finding out the root cause of our behaviors can be downright frightening. Beware the evil that lurks in the minds of the prospective procrastinator!

How Has Postpartum Depression Impacted You?

Stressful events hold the possibility of change, both positive and negative.

Trigger Warnings and Human Sexuality Education

Sexuality Education Needs Warning Labels?

Discrimination, Crime and Media Reporting on Campus

Times are changing. Planning is Learning. Safety, security and equity are essential in enabling students to succeed.

Sailing or Struggling? Tips for Facilitating School Success

"Hi. School was fine." Some tips for identifying if your child is having a hard time at school that they might not be telling you about.

The Transhumanist Party Turns 1-Year-Old

On October 7th, 2015, the Transhumanist Party reached its first birthday. Started as a way to introduce forward thinking and futurist politics into government, the party has caught on around the world and now has over a dozen national parties. The motto of the Transhumanist Party in America is: Putting Science, Health, and Technology at the Forefront of US Politics.

Why You Can't 'Just Say No' to Stress

With mental health awareness month upon us, there's lots of information circulating that can either help or hinder our understanding of our emotions and reactions to stress. We need to weed through the messages to ensure we don't assume it's only a matter of will power, but something requiring all hands on deck across our social institutions to avoid becoming fried.

My Gap Is Over, Now What? Grad School After a Break

Suggestions on preparing a strong application for graduate school after taking time off from school. The Data Doctor responds.

How Do Children Learn to Recognize Print?

By Jamie Zibulsky Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 Book Smart
My fourteen-month-old son, Henry, has just started to recognize his name in print, which feels like an amazing milestone to me. Here’s how it happened.

Can Your Child's Friends Affect How Much He or She Learns?

By Garth Sundem on October 06, 2015 Brain Trust
A study in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology explores how friends influence each other's school skills.

How to Develop Mentally Tough Young Athletes

Mental toughness can give kids a winning edge in sports and in other areas of life.

An Overwhelmed Graduate Student

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 04, 2015 How To Do Life
A transcript of a part of my session with a client. Many lessons embedded.

The Back-to-School-Night Speech We'd Like to Hear*

By Alfie Kohn on October 03, 2015 The Homework Myth
Sit in a school auditorium listening to a list of rules and procedures, on the one hand, and numbing banalities about how "all children can learn," on the other hand -- and dream of a presentation that gets to the heart of what schooling could be like if kids (and learning) really mattered most...

Interview with 'The Martian'

By Guy P. Harrison on October 02, 2015 About Thinking
"The Martian" talks space and story telling.

Evolution Runs Through It

Evolution doesn’t just apply to fossils and DNA. It applies to human behavior. But even that’s only a slice of how powerful evolutionary principles are. This is how we use a high-impact, interdisciplinary, team-teaching approach to advancing evolution education where I teach. It’s powerful. And it’s fun.

What Men Need to Play With—It's Not Guns

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on October 02, 2015 As You Like It
With each new mass shooting, we've allowed the NRA to further its agenda. We've allowed it to use senseless tragedy after tragedy to help our gun culture flourish.

New Screen Suggestions by The American Academy of Pediatrics

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Screen Time
Recently this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics made some new recommendations for parents wondering about the dos and don'ts of “screen time.”

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

With appropriate attention and desire, college athletics can be an excellent venue for nurturing ethical behavior and character formation. It really doesn't take that much time or money to make it happen. But will colleges make it a priority?

The Psychology of Competitiveness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 A Sideways View
Is there good and bad competitiveness? Is being co-operative better than being competitive? Are competitive people ultimately more successful than those who favour co-operativeness

Five Reasons iPads Should NOT Be In Classrooms

By Susan Greenfield Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Mind Change
There is growing backlash against iPads in the classroom, as there remains no evidence that they help learning, and some experts even argue they could have a negative effect.

The Hidden Agenda Behind 21st Century Learning

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 30, 2015 Mental Wealth
High-stakes testing, obsessive data collection, and lofty promises of technology’s potential to “revolutionize” education are contributing to alarming amounts of school-based screen-time—without regard for screens’ numerous impacts on learning and mental health. Teacher and public education advocate Tara Ehrcke describes the deceptive web behind 21st Century Learning.

My Life with Nonverbal Learning Disability

By Jon Fortenbury on September 30, 2015 NeuroProgress
It's a debilitating condition not often discussed. This writer is ready to change that.

How To Make Teen Volunteer Work More Than A Resume Builder

New research explains how to inspire teens to "service beyond self."

Students: Microaggression and Trigger-Warnings

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 Beyond Good and Evil
Folie à Plusieurs in the 21st Century!

The Vicious Circle of Ignorance

Applying strategies for cancer denial to students who hide their ignorance

Time Management 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Head of the Class
College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.

Let's Not Take It Out on the Children

When the modern women’s movement began to turn its attention to girls – as in books like Failing at Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls (published in 1994) – they were already doing better than boys on many measures of educational achievement, including college enrollment. Feminism should now, among its other campaigns, fight to make classrooms more boy-friendly.

Political Correctness Gone Mad

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Beyond Good and Evil
The thinking we do when we don't think about the thinking we do: microaggressions and trigger-warnings:

Four Essential Keys to Successful Teaching

If you’re a teacher of any sort, then your success is primarily marked by the success of your students. Interested in keys to cultivating student success? Read on.

Bad Teachers Can Damage You-- or Make You Stronger

From one very bad teacher, I learned that intelligence without emotional generosity means nothing, that narcissism unchecked is poisonous and that sometimes it is far more honorable to be refused membership to a group than to be part of it. That lesson left welts.