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Mental noise is hurting us: Why silence is the think tank of the soul

Upon meeting a Zen master at a social event, a psychiatrist decided to ask him a question that had been on his mind for a long time.<p>“Exactly how do …

Meditation

This Frustrated Teacher Quitting Her Job Has a Message For Parents: "Stop Coddling" Your Kids

Julie Marburger, a sixth-grade teacher from Texas, is seriously frustrated when it comes to dealing with her students' parents. After a particularly upsetting run-in with a mom on March 28, she took to social media to express just how defeated she feels. In a now-viral Facebook post, Julie laid out …

Parenting

How Praise Became a Consolation Prize

Helping children confront challenges requires a more nuanced understanding of the “growth mindset.”<p>As a young researcher, Carol Dweck was fascinated by how some children faced challenges and failures with aplomb while others shrunk back. Dweck, now a psychologist at Stanford University, eventually …

How to Raise a Genius: Lessons from a 45-Year Study of Supersmart Children

On a summer day in 1968, professor Julian Stanley met a brilliant but bored 12-year-old named Joseph Bates. The Baltimore student was so far ahead of …

Education

For white folks who teach in the hood: A lesson in campus colonialism

How power dynamics & cultural clashes stemming from whiteness work against young people of color in urban schools<p><b>Commencement</b><p>I sank, exhausted, into the backseat of a small sport utility vehicle as it pulled onto a sparsely populated Wyoming highway, finally getting some rest after a long day. As I …

Religious People Are Less Smart but Atheists Are Psychopaths

<b>Science and religion are fighting it out in your brain</b>, <b>not just in a metaphorical sense, but in a real, physical altercation.</b> That’s the conclusion …

Case Western Reserve University

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

The following warning should be affixed atop every computer in America's schools:<p><i>Proceed at your own risk. Don't accept as true what you're about to read. Some of it is fact; some of it is opinion disguised as fact; and the rest is liberal, conservative, or mainstream propaganda. Make sure you know</i> …

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You an Expert at Anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

Self-improvement

This is how science lost God: Atheism, evolution and the long road to Richard Dawkins’ latest Twitter controversy

The roots of today’s battles over atheism, science, religion and climate change actually date back centuries<p>In the seventeenth century, most natural philosophers believed that every type of living organism on the face of the Earth had always existed, from the very beginning of the Earth’s creation. …

The Legal Standing of Free-Range Parenting

An amendment in the new federal education law seeks to clarify when kids are allowed to walk to school alone.<p>A provision tucked deep within a gargantuan education bill passed in December clarifies the murky legal standing of free-range parenting—sort of. Advocates for the practice—that is, …

The Special-Education Charade

Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, are one of the greatest pitfalls of the country’s school system.<p>I am in hell—or its equivalent. Specifically, I am in an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) meeting for my 14-year-old daughter, a special-education student in Prince George’s County, …

A Shifting Education Model in China

An emphasis on success beyond test results takes cues from the U.S. but is only part of the plan to reshape the country’s approach to learning.<p>Just as President Obama steps back from student testing and governors coast to coast retreat from high-stakes accountability in schools, China’s leaders are …

What’s the Recipe for an Effective Anti-Bullying Policy?

Lots of states have passed legislation targeting this problem, but it can be hard to get kids to take the efforts seriously.<p>At her Moraga, California, junior high school, Rachel Jackson was a safe-school ambassador (SSA), part of a program that trains student volunteers to intervene in bullying …

Why Disciplining Young Kids Can Be Tricky

Disciplining works if it is not over the top and children understand the point of it.<p><i>Highlights</i> magazine’s annual State of Kids survey found that a …

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Research

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

<b>(AP/Jose F. Moreno)</b><p>How a promising but oversimplified idea caught fire, then got coopted by conservative ideology<p>Alfie Kohn<p>August 16, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its …

Pedagogy

Would Voters Entrust The White House To An Atheist?

In a 1958 poll of Americans, only 18 percent of respondents said they would vote for a generally well-qualified presidential candidate nominated by their political party if that person happened to be an atheist. In 2015, that number has jumped to 58 percent.<p>Yet, even today, 40 percent of …

Psychology

What the New Education Buzzwords Actually Mean

“Grit,” “mindsets,” and “stereotype threat”: a primer<p>Education writing is famous for its alphabet soup of acronyms and obscure terms, but it could just as well be faulted for trafficking buzzwords in search of clear definitions.<p>Ideas like grit, motivation, fitting in, and learning from one’s …

Can Religion and Science Coexist?

A new book by the evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne tackles arguments that the two institutions are compatible.<p>In May 1988, a 13-year-old girl named Ashley King was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by court order. She had a tumor on her leg—an osteogenic sarcoma—that, writes Jerry Coyne in …

Reading Comprehension: Text No. 1

After so many study guides, so many practice tests and proficiency and achievement tests, it would have been impossible for us not to learn something, but we forgot everything almost right away and, I’m afraid, for good. The thing that we did learn, and to perfection—the thing that we would …

Jesus Wants Me to Have This Jet

Pastor Creflo Dollar has spoken to God, and God wants him to buy a $65 million private jet. His congregation, thus far, has obliged his every …

New York City

WWII's Secret Battle in the Woods

The battlefield wasn’t the only place the future of the world was being forged during WWII. At the Bretton Woods Conference, the modern financial …

Apple starts free repair program for glitchy MacBook Pros

Does your MacBook Pro freak out with distorted graphics or randomly restart? Then you’ll want to take advantage of Apple’s new repair program.<p>After deeming that a “small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts,” Apple will start fixing …

MacBook Pro

‘Gett’: The Horrors of Jewish Divorce

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem spends two dreary hours in a cramped courtroom, but this galling battle for a divorce can move audiences to …

The last acceptable prejudice

PICTURE this, if you can.<p>Last month, I attended an international academic conference. During a conversation with a colleague, I was introduced to a …

Christians and Spanking Culture: How and Why to Stop It

The “cool pope” is speaking out in favor of physical discipline, bringing spanking back into the news.<p>Though I come from an evangelical background, I …

Should Teachers Be Allowed to Touch Students?

Sheltering children from physical contact deprives educators of an important instructional tool and students of an essential learning experience.<p>Touch has been an important part of my teaching for the past decade. When I was working as a middle-school teacher, I used touch on a daily basis to both …

Building a Better School Day

A new report focuses on how schools are using federal incentives to add more learning time.<p>In a union vote Wednesday, Boston teachers approved the school district’s plan to add 40 minutes to each instructional day for kids in grades kindergarten through eight at more than 50 campuses. It's a move …

Regular naps are 'key to learning'

<b>The key to learning and memory in early life is a lengthy nap, say scientists.</b><p>Trials with 216 babies up to 12 months old indicated they were unable to remember new tasks if they did not have a lengthy sleep soon afterwards.<p>The University of Sheffield team suggested the best time to learn may be …

University of Sheffield