Category Archives: Miseducation of America

”Brain-Hostile” Education – How Schools are Failing Our Adolescents (Washington Post Blog)

Today the Washington Post blog ”The Answer Sheet” by Valerie Strauss, ran an excerpt from my book The Power of the Adolescent Brain:  Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students.  To read, click here. 

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Are We Doing Enough to Educate the Adolescent Mind?

Here is a link to an interview I did with Rod Berger on edCircuit about how we need to pay attention to recent research on adolescent brain development as we reform our secondary schools. It is based on my new book … Continue reading

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Personalized Learning Systems from Big Ed are Depersonalizing

In today’s educational climate, where students are increasingly being compressed by technology and accountability pressures into computable ‘’data units,’’ there’s never been a more vital priority than addressing the needs of students as persons.  While the etymology of the word … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times: Teacher Verbally Abuses First Grader for Getting Confused on Math Problem

The New York Times published an article today about a teacher at The Success Academy, a ”high achieving” school in New York City, who was observed abusing a young child verbally for getting confused on a math problem.  The article includes … Continue reading

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What Children’s Play is Not

The word ”play” gets batted around a lot in conversations about children’s learning and development needs, but sometimes different people are holding different notions of what the word ”play” actually means.  In this two-part blog post, I want to help … Continue reading

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