Our research indicates that children with better executive function skills are likely to learn more from the same amount of instruction, and to understand and get along better with other children and adults.
Executive functions are the brain functions we use to manage our attention, our emotions, and our behavior in pursuit of our goals. Adele Diamond finds that executive functions predict children's success as well as -- if not better than -- IQ tests.
There are the two views of early education that have been pitted against each other for decades: pouring knowledge into children to build bigger brains or putting them out side and giving them opportunities to play.
On Saturday October 3rd, the public in New York City's Central Park will have a chance to enjoy The Ultimate Block Party -- a day of free family fun and the launch of a movement in support of playful learning.
The United States has fallen to 11th in Newsweek's list of the best countries in the world. What is interesting is that the debate about why we are losing our "oomph as a superpower" has focused in part on U.S. education.
As I reviewed study after study, across multiple disciplines, from developmental psychology to neuroscience, it became abundantly clear to me that life skills make a difference in children's short-term and long-term success.
Incorporating the program principles recently featured in Time magazine, here are seven suggestions for low-cost or no-cost activities to help keep your kids from falling behind during "the summer slide."
There is no doubt that "play" is under appreciated, even misunderstood. So it was significant to me that the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival boldly embraced play and added a whole track to its agenda called "the promise of play."
The United States was once first in the world in college graduation rates, we are now 14th. Many well-known speakers from very diverse fields at see the need for educational change as a societal, economic and moral imperative