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To get into college, Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving

As your oldest child begins to fill out her college application, it is hard not to feel a rising panic. For the last four years she has thrown herself into her school work, taken AP classes, studied for the SAT, worked on the school paper, played on the field hockey team and tutored elementary …

College & University

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy

How important is reading fiction in socializing school children? Researchers at The New School in New York City have found evidence that literary …

Writing

Another Study Proves This Simple Activity Rejuvenates the Brain

There is already a bevy of studies that prove spending time in nature has amazing health benefits. <b>Spending micro-breaks outdoors can rejuvenate the</b> …

The Brain

Renewing Civic Education

Does this sound even vaguely like what is now understood to be the purpose of higher education?<p>Wisdom, and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused …

The Role of Civic Education

<b>Because the maintenance and improvement of our constitutional democracy is dependent upon the knowledge, skills, and traits of public and private</b> …

Dan Rather On Why America Needs More Empathy

The culture of empathy I remember growing up during the Great Depression taught us that those who were suffering weren’t lazy or lacking the desire to do better — fate had the potential to slap any of us.<p><i>An excerpt from famed journalist Dan Rather's new book</i> What Unites Us: Reflections on …

Empathy

A leading happiness researcher says we’re giving our kids bad advice about how to succeed in life

Most parents want their kids to be successful in life—and so we teach them attitudes that we believe will help them achieve their goals. But as I learned while researching my book <i>The Happiness Track</i>, many widely-held theories about what it takes to be successful are proving to be …

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

For the first time, a generation of children is going through adolescence with smartphones ever-present. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has a name for these young people born between 1995 and 2012: "iGen."<p>She says members of this generation are physically …

Mental Health

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still …

Teaching

There's more to life than being happy

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but …

Happiness

How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day

A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. …

ACT/SAT Test Prep Tips from a Family With Three Perfect Scores | TODAY.com

The TODAY Parenting Team is a community where anyone can write posts, ask questions and share advice.<p>I was still half asleep when Stefan raced into my room, "I just checked my ACT scores online and I got a perfect score! But,” he confessed, “I also opened the cereal box from the wrong end this …

Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better

Don't lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What's more: further research suggests that this trend may …

University of Washington

How to Mark a Book

<b>From The Saturday Review of Literature, July 6, 1941</b><p>You know you have to read "between the lines" to get the most out of anything. I want to persuade …

“Hope” is the thing with feathers - A Child's Garden of Poetry

Book Burning

Book burning has a long and dark history.<p><i>Book burning</i> refers to the ritual destruction by fire of books or other written materials. Usually carried …

World History

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance -- and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

• <b>Some of the most famous intellectuals and scientists spent time doing nothing but thinking.</b>• <b><br>The author decided to implement a two-hour rule: just</b> …

Creativity

Deepak Chopra’s Simple Happiness Habit You Can Steal Right Now

Even if you slept through English class, it's never too late to appreciate a good poem. You'll be so glad you did.<p>From colorful words and vibrant …

Literature

How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy

Fitness headlines promise staggering physical results: a firmer butt, ripped abs, bulging biceps. Nutritional breakthroughs are similar clickbait, …

From ‘Moby Dick’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: Classic Lit Dishes Brought to Life (Photos)

Not content with just reading the vivid food descriptions in her favorite novels, Photographer Dinah Fried decided to cook and style the iconic …

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, …

Education

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens<p>Authors condemn £4m library fund as a ‘sop’ and a ‘whitewash’<p>It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration …

Writing and Reading: Powerful, Liberating and Potentially Dangerous Tools -- Why it Is Important to Educate Ourselves

We live in an era where information is becoming more and more available. That is a great thing -- most of the time. It can be very powerful and liberating. It can also be very dangerous if the information is wrong, miscalculated or misrepresented. When an article is published or a story broadcasted …