Author Archives: ErikaChristakis

About ErikaChristakis

Yale Lecturer in early childhood education/Licensed teacher/Former preschool director and Harvard College house master/some-time journalist. In possession of: unmarketable bachelor’s degree (Harvard, anthropology), semi-marketable graduate degrees (public health, education…). Rewarding career at the intersection of family, society, and schools (including long stint in parenting vortex). Forging a new path to connect all of the above.

Mind the Gap: How Education Inequality Holds Us Back

My post at WBUR’s Cognoscenti: The achievement gap is more than a symptom of growing inequality in the United States — it’s one of the causes as well.  Inequality is rising on many fronts in the United States. The gap … Continue reading

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Aaron Alexis and the Threat of the Loner

Here’s an Op-Ed I wrote with my husband in Friday’s Washington Post: In seeking to find out what led to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, we must ask the right questions. What features of American society make us more prone … Continue reading

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Snake Away: How I cured my phobia and learned to face fear

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated snakes. Really. Hated. Snakes. Some of my earliest memories involve unpleasant encounters with snakes. At the tender age of six, I found my cat wrestling with a large, thrashing snake in … Continue reading

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The Kids Are Still Alright

I lost the blogging mojo a while ago, (about which more here), mainly because I’ve started a wonderful new job at Yale, as a lecturer in the Yale Child Study Center. My editor has dropped some gentle hints about … Continue reading

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What We Need To See When We Look At Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

My piece today on the Rolling Stone cover controversy: The knee jerk boycotts in response to this week’s Rolling Stone cover story about Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar ‘Jahar’ Tsarnaev, are helping no one. If we want to break the cycle of mass homicide and terror, we … Continue reading

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The Lady Doth Protest A Lot (About Her Blog)

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, so I think it’s fair to say that I am on some kind of hiatus for a while over here at, and perhaps more generally in the digital world.  But before … Continue reading

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Dear Sheryl Sandberg

Dear Sheryl, Here’s my post this morning about what a bunch of slackers we ladies are for wanting to spend more time away from our jobs. (And guys: you can be slackers too, if you just get in touch … Continue reading

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The Female Labor Force Is Actually Stagnating

Here’s my view on the state of women in the workforce, from The announcement last week that women now comprise 40 percent of the primary ‘breadwinners’ in American households unleashed the usual reflexive responses. Attempting what looked like self-parody, Fox News … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela and the Invincibility Of Justice

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which … Continue reading

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Who Doesn’t Like Oprah?

I love Oprah! I do. I love her embrace of education and teachers. I love her books. I’m pretty sure I love her philanthropy, though I don’t know much about its effectiveness. I also have a subscription to her magazine. … Continue reading

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