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Academic Performance

Using Research to Ensure an Education Program Actually Works

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

In the early 1990's I was hired as the principal of a school that was slated for closure in one year, and so my job was to prepare the students to ...

Breakfast: Not Really the Most Important Meal of the Day

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

In the mainstream nutrition world there's one thing you can always count on: If you're told a food -- or nutrition practice -- is good for you today, you'll be told it's bad for you tomorrow. The one exception: breakfast.

Connecting the Dots of Child Health and Academic Achievement

Alexis Glick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Alexis Glick

If we're not able to solve the child wellness crisis we're currently facing, every other facet of our society will be impacted in the coming decades.

When Praise Hurts: The Psychology of Gushing

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

We all want kids to feel good about themselves, and far too many kids get no praise at all from adults. But are the superlatives necessary? More to the point, does lavish praise really boost kids' self-esteem and help them do well in school -- and in life?

A+ Balance or Barely Passing?

Cindy Auten | Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents
Cindy Auten

As National Work and Family Month comes to a close, take some time to think about what works for you and really practice balance. Spend time with your kids, encourage their development, set goals, and, most importantly, lead by example.

College Board Enters the Poverty Debate

John M. Eger | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
John M. Eger

According to a recent study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 63 percent of available jobs in the U.S. will require work...

Academe's Adversarial Culture

Gary A. Olson | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Gary A. Olson

Far from a grand us-versus-them conspiracy, the scenario you will find without fail in every institution will be the same: Each administrator arguing vociferously and tenaciously for his or her faculty, staff, and programs.

What Genetics Tells Us About Anxiety: Not Much

Stanton Peele | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

For several days this month, one of the most emailed articles in the New York Times was "Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?" The article purports to explain why some children fold under the pressure of taking tests.

Feeling Stressed, Mom and Dad?

Leslie King, LCSW | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Leslie King, LCSW

Few of us would claim to behave better when we are stressed or contend that our relationships, or the way we handle our responsibilities, improve when we feel pressured. So imagine how stress can feel to your middle schooler or teenager, who has far less experience to help him or her cope.

Can Students Love School? Yes, If Schools Love Students

David Allyn | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
David Allyn

Perhaps we reap what we sow. If we assume that children are a "problem" to be solved (to be controlled or crammed full of knowledge or taught how to behave), are we creating a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Back to School, Use Music to Get Better Grades

Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D.

This article is not about using music get smarter. Rather it is about how to use music to optimize some of your natural skills that already help make you smart, as well as more successful.

5 Lies Moms of Teens Tell

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

What an easier time we would have if we felt we had permission to be real with ourselves and each other.

Should Schools Alone Be Held Accountable For Student Achievement?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. What if schools didn't have to work alone to improve student achievem...

Is 6th Grade The Answer To America's Dropout Crisis?

| Kathryn Baron | Posted 01.30.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, TopEd.org. The idea that hormonally-cha...

The Land of Opportunity -- An American Fairytale

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

There are many things American schools need. More early academic emphasis is not one of them. In fact, early academic emphasis is one of the root causes of the intractable achievement "problems" in public schools.

Study: Boys Less Likely To Succeed In School Than Girls

Posted 07.18.2011 | Education

On Tuesday, boys education advocates met in Washington to discuss the declining academic performance of male students, reports The Washington Times. B...

Attention Deficit Disorder: Ritalin Or Recess?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rambunctiousness in children is normal. And it should be treated with recess, not Ritalin!

With Public Schools a Mess, We Can't Wait for Superman

Blaise Nutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Blaise Nutter

Davis Guggenheim's new film, Waiting For Superman, is both a searing indictment of our education system and a desperate call-to-action to save our struggling schools.