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Early Child Development

Education for the World We Want (part 2)

Suna Senman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

The lack of motivation to learn often results in low performance, poor self-esteem and disruptive behavior. As self-image decreases, the desire to constructively contribute to society declines creating a downward spiral.

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.31.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

Books Are Just a Start

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

It still may come as a surprise to some that reading to babies in the first six months of life contributes to their brain development and later academic success.

Can Work Ethic Be Learned?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Is work ethic always instilled -- by parents, in young children? Can it be learned later on or, in fact, even be inherent?

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children

George Halvorson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Thirty minutes a day of reading can determine whether or not a child can read or not read -- and that interaction can determine whether a child will stay in school or not stay in school.

The Global Search for Education: Education Is My Right -- Brazil

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Like many other countries, Brazil is working to support its learners. Today in Part 3 of "Education Is My Right," we will discuss some of the key issues faced as well as the initiatives education leaders have launched to help resolve the problems in Brazil.

Life Lessons Learned From My Toddler

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself.

Early Learning on Speaker Pérez's Budget To-Do List

Catherine Atkin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

With California's economy rebounding and the state budget stabilizing, we now face a critical choice about how to invest in our future.

When It Comes To Toddlers, Parents Just Don't Understand

Katharine McKinney | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Katharine McKinney

Sometime in January, my youngest stood in front of our toilet, squinted, and said matter-of-factly, "It's not a Christmas Party."

When Does Parental Lack of Information Impact Child Development?

Diana Grycan | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

When a child is begging for help by acting out, it is vital for the development of the child that parents evaluate what needs exist at different times in that child's life.

A Zero on a Mission

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

As a mother of a 6-year-old who has a unique learning style, I'm always on the lookout for creative books that teach fundamentals, such as the alphabe...

Can Love Incarnate Be Delivered By TV?

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Eliot Daley

Early media guru Marshall McLuhan famously declared TV a "cool" medium for its essentially dispassionate, detached, diluted means of engaging people. But both Fulton Sheen and Fred Rogers proved that it is not the essence of the medium that controls the effect.

School and Self Esteem, or: Thank You for Making Those Socks!

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Authentic gratitude is enough of an acknowledgment to foster self-esteem without leading to the kind of dependency on others that "good job" seems to do.

Working Harder Is Not Serving You: What I Learned in My First Tai Chi Class

Stacy Barrows | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Stacy Barrows

Recently, I started taking tai chi classes. I have always been interested in studying a martial art, particularly one of the healing and internal styles such as tai chi.

Saki Knafo

Gov. Bev Perdue's Budget Could Save Nation's Leading Early Childhood Programs, Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.11.2012 | Parents

Children's advocates are applauding the latest state budget in North Carolina, hailing it as the latest victory in a long and drawn-out battle over th...

Maternal Mortality Rising in the US? What About Mother's Day?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries around the world -- mothers everywhere are honored for their central role in maintaining happy families and healthy societies. But in poor countries, Mother's Day is too often a sad time.

Executive Function Skills Are Essential to America's Present and Future

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

As we learn more about executive function skills and as we begin to promote them, it is clear that we can make progress on some of America's more enduring challenges.

Let's Put the Child Back Together -- The Social, Emotional, Physical, and Cognitive Child

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Although there are times when learning is more cognitive than social or more emotional than cognitive, when children are fully engaged in learning, they are engaged on all these levels.

Best of TEDTalks 2011 #16: The Birth of a Word

Deb Roy | Posted 02.04.2012 | Technology
Deb Roy

2011-12-05-debroyted.jpgWe are creating learning systems to interpret the intended meaning of social media comments made "in the wild." We call our television dataset the TV Genome.

Deb Roy: The Birth Of A Word

Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology

jQuery(function($) { $('#ad_sharebox_260x60').prepend(''); }); In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are ex...

Baby Steps For Early Learning

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

It's been a stellar couple of weeks for the U.S. Department of Education. And how often do we get to use that adjective for an agency ever under the gun?

Attacking the Achievement Gap: Principals in Action

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

In the words of one New Jersey school principal: "Early childhood is where it all begins. We have been charged with the most difficult challenge: teaching our students to read and love learning."

Parental Anxiety in the Post-NCLB Age: Moving Play up on the Policy Agenda

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Still, one mother's lengthy and impassioned defense of her child rearing and approach to literacy speaks volumes about the intersection of education policy and parental anxiety.

Preschool Education: Talking is Teaching

Maxwell King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maxwell King

Even the poorest parents, unable to afford programs and devices and special educational applications, can harness the power of talking.

Retreating Back to Our Inner Child

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dylan Kendall

Playing is a way of experiencing our world, a way of bringing joy to the mundane. And fundamentally: Play is a way of learning.