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Wait, Frankenstein’s Monster is What Happens When One Learns Improperly!?

While rereading Frankenstein recently, I couldn’t help but think Mary Shelley was offering us a critique of education. There is…

Humiliation, Multiplication, and Ice Cream

In the memoir Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, the author describes a scene in first grade where six-year-old J.D. realizes…

Babies Are Like Little Linguistic Statisticians

A thoroughly intriguing talk about the ways babies learn language. Researcher Patricia Kuhl suggests that babies keep track of sounds…

Words like Water: How a Baby Learned to Speak

You take a techy who becomes a dad and has a fascination with language. Then add videocameras all throughout the…

The Boy Who Lived in a Library

StoryCorp’s video memoir of Ronald Clark, who grew up living in the Washington Height’s public library, will make you yearn…

Shel Silverstein’s “simple secret of lasting love”

Love ain’t no missing piece to be found. I adored reading this book to my son when he was younger.…

Howard Gardner On the Limits of Assessments

I loved hearing Howard Gardner describe the limits of assessments, a kind warning to parents and the public to let…

This 1950 Instructional Film on “Dining Together” Might Just Save Your Thanksgiving

I don’t know who made these films, but there are many of them online.  Called “instructional” or “educational” films, you can…

Teacher Suspended for Giving Birth to Child! (In 1913, but Still.)

Education is one of the fields that looks today a lot like it did a century ago.  (Though, I will…

Maurice Sendak’s Thoughts on Childhood Might Make You a Better Teacher and Parent

The author of Where the Wild Things Are talks about childhood–it’s real, raw, and truer than I’ve ever admitted.  As…

No Matter How It Arrives

Only later, at home, on the wooden bed we shared, did Mama weep. It did not matter that other aunts…
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