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Schools Should Help Kids Build Robust Mental Models

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Smart schools will help students develop rich mental models by engaging them in systems thinking early and often with fames, sims, and virtual environments.

Why We Hate Going to the Dennis

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Researchers say that if your appellation is Dennis, you are more likely to become a dentist than a differently monikered individual. But I'm not so sure about this.

The Education of David Brooks

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

If he continues down the path charted in The Social Animal, we might get to see David Brooks join Diane Ravitch on the front lines of Wisconsin.

Brooks Pits 'Connection' vs. 'Adventure,' But Why Not Both?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

The conservative writer/commentator David Brooks, in this New Yorker excerpt from his new book The Social Animal: A Story of Love, Character, and Achi...

WATCH: David Brooks Explains Why Emotion Isn't An Impediment To Reason

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Can a person truly separate rationality from passion? No, says David Brooks, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and author of "The Social Animal: ...

Book Review Roundup: A History Of Information And Short Stories Galore

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Give Me Your Heart" by Joyce Carol Oates Los Angeles Times Oates isn't writing horror fiction, but she might as well be. Her stories pack the s...

Jason Linkins

David Brooks On 2012 Field: Obama 'Beatable,' Gingrich Should 'Not Run A 7-Eleven' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Would you be interested in hearing about what sorts of upper-middle-class feelings David Brooks is having about the 2012 election's field of candidate...

Discovery of the Continent of Emotion

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

By Carol Smaldino, CSW Commentary on David Brooks' op-ed "The New Humanism" in The New York Times on Monday, March 7, 2011. According to David Brook...

Brooks vs. Huntington

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Brooks concludes that Huntington's "mistakes illustrate useful truths: that all people share certain aspirations and that history is wide open." I know, just from having lived eighty years, that all people do not share certain aspirations.

Draft Moderate Manifesto Part 1

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

In election after election, the same opportunity remains unrealized -- the possibility that either extreme could unite with the center to exclude the most extreme policies of the other.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Municipal Workers

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I cannot believe that in the 21st Century we are having this kind of a debate on the role of labor unions in this country. But I suppose it isn't surprising since we have entered a new Gilded Age.

Senior Bashing Is Back in Season

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

How can Social Security possibly reduce debt? It might sound too good to be true. But in this case, it is true.

Debating the Two-Party System

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The two-party system has not just narrowed our choices, it's narrowed our thinking. It has deeply infected our political discourse, our media, and our politicians.

Think Education Will Be Improving in the U.S.?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stanton Peele

America's entire future depends on educational advances and, particularly, the fate of our inner cities.

The Narcissism Myth

Claire Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Claire Gordon

So college students today get their headiest high from a self-esteem fix. That doesn't mean they're all ego addicts. A lot of young people may just prefer a good grade to a quickie and fried chicken bucket.

Raising Our Children To Be Whole, Not Just Successful

Joyce McFadden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joyce McFadden

Neither a person nor a society can be a success without valuing all the component parts of human nature.

Tiger Mothers, Networked Fathers and Organization Kids

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bradley W. Bloch

David Brooks sets the stage for a question that reaches beyond Chua's book: Is the surest path to success the relentless pursuit of excellence, or is it being able to work in groups and navigate social networks?

Civility: Far More Than Timidity and Nice People Being Nicer

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Reardon

Tolerance is better than no tolerance, but it's not as admirable a goal as appreciation. Likewise, civility is better than incivility, but not half as socially substantive as empathy and compassion.

If You'll Do Anything for an "A," You'll Do Anything for Your Boss, Too

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

Our kids today are already surrounded by forces that encourage them to be compliant. The very last thing they need is parents who've taught them to be good soldiers.

The First Test for Our Newly "Civil" Congress: The Repeal of Health Care Reform

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Congress has just gone through 10 days of reflection and grief over the tragedy in Tucson. Will we see civil discourse take place this week in Congress?

David Brooks' Extraordinary Blindspot

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

David Brooks' latest a-pox-on-our-whole-culture column reflects his ongoing need to think of himself as a thoughtful, self-restrained conservative. But he lacks the awareness and self-reflection to face the implications of his own political allegiances.

Negotiating Against America: Why Obama Shouldn't Listen to David Brooks

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Brooks is smart, and he's a good salesman, so his ideas may resonate with the President. That would be a very bad thing indeed. He's using new catchphrases to dress up some very bad, very old, and very unpopular ideas.

Obama's Bipartisan Investment Strategy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

Obama spoke yesterday about the costs of the displacement of manufacturing and textiles. Both were caused by the decades-long Reagan Revolution led divestment from America -- not the last several years.

Who Should Pay to Fix the Economy?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republicans fractured the US economy because they forgot an elemental truth: our economic heartbeat requires steady consumption by working Americans not the random largess of the rich.

David Brooks Reveals His Problem With Republicans

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

New York Times columnist David Brooks debated Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at an American Enterprise Institute forum Thursday and, amid a large ...