Are Too Many People Going to College?

The question was posed in an article of the same title by Charles Murray on The controversial author argued that the status of a B.A., regardless of skills learned or knowledge acquired, has inflated its importance, rendered it virtually meaningless as a measure of academic achievement, and contributed to class divisions in America. While […]

Negative Feedback Sinks In

“That’s wrong – do it again.” Most teachers know that negative, unconstructive feedback is not the best way to help children learn. Now, a new study pinpoints the approximate age when kids start to learn from their mistakes. Researchers at Leiden University Institute for Psychological Research in the Netherlands analyzed brain activity in three age […]

Professional Development: Pitfalls and Perks

In an era of education reform, there is more pressure for teachers to achieve highly qualified teacher (HQT) status. One way to do that is through professional-development programs. School districts spend between 2 and 5 percent of total annual expenditures on professional development, between $5 billion to $12 billion nationally! These are just the dollar […]

Empathy Is Biologically Built In

Empathy is the “vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.” But is it learned or inherent? fMRI studies performed on adults have demonstrated that empathy is a physiological phenomenon. As for kids, researchers at the University of Chicago recently conducted the first study “to examine in young children both the neural response […]

PBS Wants to Know What You Believe

PBS broadcasts essay submissions from listeners and a searchable database is available on the website along with resources for educators, students, and other youth interested in submitting essays to the site. This I Believe promotes public dialog across all ages, races, and cultures. Thousands of entries have been submitted to the website, which began as […]

Back-to-School Trivia

1. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a backpack should never weigh more than what percent of a student’s body weight: a. 5%       b. 20%c. 30%     d. 50% 2. How much did Americans spend on back-to-school shopping in August of 2007? a. $977.5 million   b. $3.6 billionc. $7.5 billion        d. $22.4 billion 3. Which […]

What Your Kids Eat Now May Affect Them Forever

With one-third of American adults estimated to be obese, dieting has become a national obsession. Although weight is partially determined by genetics, habits formed in childhood may hold the key to future health. New research is shattering the popular notion that to lose weight you must lose fat cells. Ten percent of your fat cells […]

Take a Stand!

As schools face funding crunches and federal funds are increasingly tied to standards, more people are looking elsewhere to fund events and activities. Sunkist is offering kids aged 7-12 the opportunity to raise money for their school through traditional lemonade stands. They will send free kits to applicants, but they’re limited to the first 20,000 […]

Fairness Is More Rewarding Than Money

UCLA neuroscience and human-behavior researchers have demonstrated a link between fairness and reward in the brain. “Receiving a fair offer activates the same brain circuitry as when we eat craved food, win money, or see a beautiful face,” lead author Golnaz Tabibnia explained in UCLA’s Newsroom. The experiment utilized the ultimatum game, a test in […]

The Story of Stuff

Throughout this month’s special edition, all Web links to sites will help your class or organization live a more sustainable life. Our final free resource is a 20-minute animated story about, well, stuff. All the “stuff” we consume creates enormous waste. As long as we have trees to cut down, coal to mine, and oil […]