A Cheaper, More Effective Way to Train Teachers?

A Cheaper, More Effective Way to Train Teachers? Two writers in The Atlantic, William Egar, a teacher and Master's candidate, and Michael Zuckerman, a writer, confirm what research suggests: the huge expense of training teachers the way we do now (in the U.S.  at least) bears little … [Read more...]

SELF-CONFIDENCE. Is being insecure an advantage in dating?

IS BEING INSECURE AN ADVANTAGE IN DATING?  Maybe, says recent research. However, many aren’t buying the study’s results.  Are you more likely to get dates if you are self-confident or insecure? This seems like a no-brainer, right? Conventional wisdom says self-confidence is a key in dating (as in … [Read more...]

Procrastination: Caused by low-self-worth and other bad things!

Procrastination: Caused by low-self-worth and other bad things! Procrastination affects us all. About 84% of us suffer from it to some degree. For many, it stressful  and causes anxiety but for others it is a paralyzing affliction that can wreck lives.    Helen Nieves, writing in Psych … [Read more...]

The Over-Praise Dilemma: When Complimenting Kids Actually Holds Them Back

This study is new but it only confirms what we knew long ago. Many parents over-praise their kids activities to the detriment of the child's self-esteem. Across playgrounds, schoolyards and classrooms, it is common to hear well-intentioned parents, caregivers and teachers heap high praise on … [Read more...]

Google hires, college and you. An unusal mix

Google hires, college and you. Why Google hires people who may not have gone to college and if they did, they didn't "ace" it. Do you have to go to college to succeed? NO. Not always. But it is a credentialist society and it can't hurt with companies that are unimaginative. And in some fields … [Read more...]

Colleges help students get started in careers

Colleges  and universities help students get started in careers. The job market stinks for grads but many colleges and universities n0w offer assistance to students so they can get a glimpse of "the real world."                                                                         (Pawel … [Read more...]

Why Are Colleges Getting So Expensive?

College is expensive and costs are rising annually. But schools have different reasons for their rising costs. "People like to ask why 'college' is getting so expensive, but they need a better question," says Derek Thompson, writing in The Atlantic. "There are almost 7,000 accredited colleges and … [Read more...]

Escaping the Community-College Trap

Escaping the Community-College Trap. More than half of community-college students never earn a degree. Ann Hulbert, writing in The Atlantic, offers some ideas on how to fix that. Photo by Mike McQuade in The Atlantic "Daquan McGee got out of jail," she writes,  then he got accepted to  a community … [Read more...]

How to Get More Early Bloomers in kid’s Ed.

How to get more early bloomers in children's education. Many kids never reach their full potential. Many who do, start indicating prowess early. A good preschool could mean different things, safety maybe, but that should be a given. Or it could get disadvantaged children ready to learn reading … [Read more...]

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

When schools de-emphasize the intellectual benefits of higher education, like college, students become less imaginative about their futures. A 12th-grader wrote a college admissions essay about wanting to pursue a career in oceanography. Let’s call her Isabella. A few months ago, we edited it in … [Read more...]