Showing kids the way

We can combat bullying by coming down hard on the bullies, but we also need to prevent kids from becoming bullies in the first place. In a recent New York Times Opinionator column, David Bornstein writes about Roots of Empathy, a Canadian program that helps children grow their empathy.

The Second C

For voters in this last election, effectively separating fact from fiction took a lot of critical thinking and civics knowledge. But how much civics knowledge does the average American voter actually have? If we look at the proficiency of our high school seniors, the answer is “Not enough.”

Is plagiarism a character issue?

From a Six-Pillar perspective, this question seems like a no-brainer. Deliberately passing off another’s words as one’s own is dishonest, disrespectful, irresponsible, and unfair. But author and former college dean Stanley Fish offers a different interpretation.

A new lost generation?

This summer many high-school and college students have found themselves without jobs. Many of the few available jobs are being filled by adults with far greater qualifications. Other than making poor students even poorer, what effect does this have on them?

The noise of summer

Americans are exposed to anywhere from 500 to 5,000 advertising messages a day. If rational adults often fail to realize that buying a product won’t fill the hole deep inside, children don’t stand a chance.