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How Comedy Became Education's Best Critic

Late-night hosts including John Oliver and Samantha Bee devoted air time to school-related issues this year, pushing the topics into mainstream conversation.<p><i>This is the second installment in our series examining the intersections of education and entertainment in 2016. Read a previous entry on</i> …

Education

As millennials flock to high-intensity workouts, hip pain follows

Physical therapist Karena Wu couldn’t help notice a trend in patients visiting her New York City office this year. Many were under age 35, enjoyed strenuous workouts and were suffering immense hip pain.<p>The millennials had pushed themselves in endurance races such as the Tough Mudder or weekly …

Massage Therapy

How can I make my daughter enjoy learning?

<i>Q: I find it hard to make my 10-year-old daughter take pleasure in learning. She seems satisfied to follow a ­slow-paced learning and even living style. I would like her to be as interested in reading and writing as she is in other things unrelated to her education.</i><p><b>A:</b> What a great question! Your …

Parenting

Abandon Parenting, and Just Be a Parent

In her new book, The Gardener and the Carpenter, Alison Gopnik offers up a more organic approach to raising children.<p>Could a 4-year-old possess better instincts for scientific discovery than a college student?<p>In one experiment, researchers showed preschoolers and undergraduates a variety of blocks, …

Parenting

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, <b>"What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?"</b> Long silence. Students give tentative answers. <b>"What's the difference between having firm principles and being closed-minded?"</b> Longer silence. More tentative answers. <b>"What's</b> …

Critical Thinking

12 Illustrations To Teach Kids Yoga Poses

Love to do yoga? Want to do it with your kids? You now can! Here are 12 yoga positions you can do with your children!

Are you living with low-level sadness?

Do you remember the last time you woke up feeling happy?<p>It’s a question Katie* asked herself one morning – and she didn’t like the answer. ‘I suddenly realised that all day, every day, I feel a sense of low-level sadness,’ she says. ‘And what makes it more confusing is that I don’t have anything to …

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

How to Stop Other People's Emotions from Bringing You Down

Empathy is a terrific skill to have, but too much of it can leave you overwhelmed by others’ negative emotions. Here’s how to stop absorbing what …

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.<p>The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in …

Education

Education “reformers'” new big lie: Charter schools become even more disastrous

The more so-called reformers push vouchers and school choice, the worse it works out — for everyone<p>What fun we had recently with North Carolina's recently elected U.S. senator, Republican Thom Tillis, who insisted we didn't need government regulations to compel restaurant employees to wash their …

Education

17 Best Assistive Learning Tools for Students with ADHD

Assistive learning tools make a big difference for those with ADHD or learning difficulties, and some of our favorites are small enough to fit in the …

Note-Taking

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

My son is 18 months old, and I’ve been reading books with him since he was born. I say “reading”, but I really mean “looking at” – not to mention …

Writing

We Are Wealthy. And Why It Matters.

Recently, there have been numerous reports highlighting the distribution of wealth and income inequality in both America and around the world. The …

Love is like cocaine: The remarkable, terrifying neuroscience of romance

Yes, you really are addicted to love<p>On popular websites, we read headlines such as “Scientists are finding that love really is a chemical addiction between people.” Love, of course, is not literally a chemical addiction. It’s a drive perhaps, or a feeling or an emotion, but not a chemical addiction …

The Brain

Tom Bennett: it's time to tackle the myths in education

Many educational practices have no grounding in scientific research: Tom Bennett says that it's time teachers raised a sceptical eyebrow and confronted the myths<p>Are you a visual learner or a kinaesthetic learner? Perhaps you are an auditory learner? Maybe you learn best when implementing a …

Pedagogy

The Truth About How Mom's Stress Affects Baby's Brain

DENVER — My daughter is sitting in a high chair, watching a black-and-white robot almost as big as she is bust a move.<p>A Vegas floor show this is not, …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

Forget Calories

Counting calories is misguided. The focus belongs on food.<p>“Coca-Cola is taking on obesity,” read the AP coverage of the company's new commercial this week, “with an online video showing how [much] fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.”<p>The scene puts a covey of …

High-protein diet linked to cancer, early death - Futurity

A high-protein diet in middle age makes you nearly twice as likely to die and four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein …

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Family

My mom and dad met in college, in 1974. He was a Jewish guy, with roots on the Lower East Side; she was a Chinese girl from Malaysia who had won an academic scholarship to America. My dad’s parents had never pictured their son with an Asian girlfriend, and they were surprised when they met my …

Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches<p>Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that …

How Coffee Affects Your Brain: A Very Quick Primer

The morning cup of coffee sweeps the cobwebs off of your brain. Almost magically. Just like that. If you care to get analytical about what's going on …

FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen

The pain reliever acetaminophen is easy on the stomach. But at high doses, the drug can be hell on the liver.<p>Now the Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to refrain from prescribing drugs that contain high doses of acetaminophen to minimize the risk of liver damage.<p>Acetaminophen is the …

How A 10-Day Wellness Challenge Is Changing My Life

Photo: Courtesy Of AQUA Studio.<p>‘Tis the season to detox — and sure enough, it seems impossible to escape hearing or reading about the numerous juice …

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Last week, I reported that scientists are working their way toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. While some researchers are still hesitant to liken sweet stuff to drugs or alcohol, the evidence is accumulating to explain why some of us really struggle to resist or moderate our sugar intake. …