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Around Cambridge

Thursday, Jan. 25<p>Haitian Storyteller at Neville Place: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Neville Place at Fresh Pond, 650 Concord Ave., Cambridge. Free. For …

Boston

WINTER ARTS PREVIEW: How to bear a wicked winter

It’s been a wild winter so far. Crazy bitter cold. Then Mother Nature goes nuts and turns up the temperature. Maybe your pipes broke, like my poor …

The Arts

A School's Way To Fight Phones In Class

Listen to this excellent NPR story, “A School's Way To Fight Phones In Class: Lock 'Em Up' ” by Tovia Smith. <i>(January 11, 2018)</i><p>Here is how the story …

Technology Dilemma

In Clayton Christensen's book <i>Innovator's Dilemma</i> he discusses how "disruptive technology" can be both helpful and terrible at the same time and how …

Is Your Child a Phone ‘Addict’?

On the heels of two large Apple investors urging the company to address kids’ phone addiction, many parents may be wondering: How do I know if my child is addicted to his or her smartphone? And how can I prevent problematic overuse?<p>There are reasons for concern. A 2016 survey from Common Sense …

Parenting
Parenting

The Benefits of Helping Teens Identify Their Purpose in Life

It’s 12:15 p.m. on a Tuesday in December and 30 students gather for an unusual class at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, a public high …

Education

My 25 Best Travel Tips After 10 Years of Traveling the World

After over ten years of consistent travel, I’ve definitely learned my fair share of lessons. Like the time I was robbed on a train because I let my …

Skin Care

Accommodation

We offer <b>clean guest rooms</b> with private bathrooms. The rooms are decorated with <b>wall paintings</b> of local animal wildlife. Just in front of the rooms, …

How to Get Your Mind to Read

Americans are not good readers. Many blame the ubiquity of digital media. We’re too busy on Snapchat to read, or perhaps internet skimming has made us incapable of reading serious prose. But Americans’ trouble with reading predates digital technologies. The problem is not bad reading habits …

When Testing Takes Over

Harvard

Helping kids cope with the barrage of scary news

As an adult, if you aren’t a little bit anxious right now, you aren’t paying attention. Hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, DACA, North Korea and events like Charlottesville and the London subway bombing are deeply disturbing, if not outright devastating.<p>For parents, the intensity of the 2017 …

Parenting

“Generatives”: New Value Opportunities for Schools?

<b>What is the value of a school?</b> What will it be in the future, for <i>your</i> school? Are we anywhere in the ballpark on this discussion?We should always pay …

K-12

Co-Parenting With Alexa

“You are going to have a chance to play with Alexa,” I told my daughter, Grace, who’s 3 years old. Pointing at the black cylindrical device, I explained that the speaker, also known as the Amazon Echo, was a bit like Siri but smarter. “You can ask it anything you want,” I said nonchalantly.<p>Grace …

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think

To succeed in a world of automation will require being as unmachinelike as possible, writes basic-income advocate Scott Santens.

Advocacy

3 Books on the Importance of Early Education

Across the country, school reformers are pushing for the expansion of publicly funded early education. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who won the Democratic mayoral primary on Sept. 12, ran on a platform in 2013 centered on the expansion of prekindergarten education to all 4-year-olds; now, in …

Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning

Curiosity is underemphasized in the classroom, but research shows that it is one of the strongest markers of academic success.<p>When Orville Wright, of the Wright brothers fame, was told by a friend that he and his brother would always be an example of how far someone can go in life with no special …

Pedagogy

The Six Principles of the Montessori Prepared Environment Explained

The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.<p>—Maria Montessori The …

Education

I've Got 5 Minutes. Explain Montessori to Me.

Education

10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

When my son Ben was young, he only ate white food. Spaghetti, bread and popcorn all made the cut; broccoli and peppers, not so much. I couldn’t let it go. I formed spinach into “Shrek pancakes,” told him Batman loved peas and challenged him to string bean eating contests. I knew he loved …

Parenting

Liberal Arts Majors Are the Future of the Tech Industry

Alexei Vella<p>College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often—and by so many people—that it should come printed on their diplomas. That question, posed by friends, career counselors, and family, is “What are you planning to do with your …

Where Did ‘We the People’ Go?

A few days ago I was at a conference in Montreal, and a Canadian gentleman, trying to grasp what’s happening to America, asked me a simple question: “What do you fear most these days?”<p>I paused for a second, like a spectator waiting to see what would come out of my own mouth. Two things came out: “I …

James Comey

The Importance of Curiosity and Questions in 21st-Century Learning

Why curiosity and questioning are essential 21st century skills.

Pedagogy

Owning Your Own Future

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Political analysts will long debate over where Brexit, Trump and Le Pen came from. Many say income gaps. I’d say … not quite. I’d say <i>income anxiety</i> and the stress over what it now takes to secure <i>and hold</i> a good job.<p>I believe the accelerations set loose by Silicon Valley in …

Brian Krzanich

Toddlers' screen time linked to slower speech development, study finds

Hand-held screens might delay a child’s ability to form words, based on new research being presented this week at the annual Pediatric Academic …

According To Harvard Psychologists: Parents Who Raise Good Kids Do These 5 Things

Times have changed greatly and with new times come new habits, sets of behavior and attitudes that seem very different from the ones we were used to …

Parenting