Scott Moran

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The Power of Magical Thinking

Research Shows the Importance of Imagination in Children's Cognitive Development<p>Is the Tooth Fairy real? How about the garbage man? Those questions may seem trivial, but how young children answer them is an important indicator of cognitive development.<p>For years, imagination was thought of as a way …

Cognition

Create a community of kindness in your school

Today’s students are entering a very different world than the one most of their parents and teachers grew up in. They are digital natives who have …

Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

The Uber model just doesn’t work for other industries. The price points always fail — and that’s a good thing<p>The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” …

The case for starting sex education in kindergarten

“Who here has been in love?” Anniek Pheifer asks a crowd of Dutch elementary school students.<p>It’s a Spring morning in Utrecht, and the St. Jan de …

Sexual Health

What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores

Hampshire College is a liberal arts school in Massachusetts that has decided not to accept SAT/ACT scores from applicants. That’s right — the college won’t accept them, a step beyond the hundreds of “test-optional” schools that leave it up to the applicant to decide whether to include them in their …

College & University

Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

According to career analyst Daniel Pink, intrinsic motivation is driven by autonomy, mastery, and purpose. These same principals lend themselves …

Pedagogy

Education Research Highlights From 2015

1. Well-Designed Classrooms Boost Student Learning<p>A classroom's physical learning space makes a difference in how well students learn. In this study …

Equity is Fostered Through What We Teach and What We Don't

I want to share a story, a very true story, that has been omitted from history and collective memory for far too long. Of the many stories I could …

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls today are receiving mixed messages. Girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys," Orenstein tells <i>Fresh Air's</i> Terry Gross, "but that their sexual pleasure is unspoken."<p>While researching …

Alcohol

Don’t Grade Schools on Grit

Philadelphia — THE Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once observed, “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”<p>Evidence has now accumulated in support of King’s proposition: Attributes like self-control predict children’s success in school and beyond. Over the past few years, …

Pedagogy

When Did Porn Become Sex Ed?

THE other day, I got an email from a 21-year-old college senior about sex — or perhaps more correctly, about how ill equipped she was to talk about sex. The abstinence-only curriculum in her middle and high schools had taught her little more than “don’t,” and she’d told me that although her …

Sexual Health

What would happen if an elementary school abolished homework? This.

Citing the lack of evidence that homework does much if anything to improve academic performance in elementary grades, a principal in Manhattan notified parents that there would be no more after-school assignments for the public school's students.<p>And then came the rebellion—not from teachers, but …

Parenting

How Songs Help Children Bond

It’s clear by now that our tendency to divide the world into decent, trustworthy people like ourselves and dangerous outsiders begins quite early in …

UC Berkeley

Why forcing kids to do things ‘sooner and faster’ doesn’t get them further in school

Emily Kaplan is an elementary school teacher living in Boston. In this post she writes about her experiences working at a no-excuses charter school and raises the question about whether a relentless focus on academic achievement for even the youngest students is counterproductive. This first …

Education

Hidden Factors In Your Brain Help To Shape Beliefs On Income Inequality

An experiment, conducted at bars in Kansas, suggests that hierarchical thinking comes more easily to people than egalitarian thinking. This may have implications for the topic of income inequality.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>Income inequality - it has become one of the themes in this year's …

Ideology

Personality Matters!

“Just finished kindergarten at … and we've had an amazingly wonderful year. We knew kindergarten was meant for love and learning and we didn't stop …

Middle School

Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

<i>Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why white people implode when talking about race.</i><p>I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will …

Independent Ideas

A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves.

What does a school do with 5- and 6-year-old kids?<p>The old answer was coax them into little chairs — at least until “creative time" — keep 'em …

Kids

Prepare Your Kids for the Future: The Era of Empathy

We’ve entered the age of empathy. The world is changing faster than ever before. To keep up-- and to succeed-- we need to change, too. We need to …

Home - Westland School

Prospective Parents<p>Welcome to Westland! If you’d like to get to know us better, attend an open house/tour, or start the application process, visit …

Building Empathy

Roman Krznaric, cultural thinker and founding faculty member of The School of Life, talks about his experiment in enhancing empathy, the Empathy Museum, and his book <i>Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It</i> (Parcher Perigee Books, 2015).

Empathy