Tag Archives: child development

Preschool Paradox II

This is a version of my Preschool Paradox which I’ve posted at WBUR’s new online magazine, Cognoscenti. It’s a bit more “suitable for work” than my earlier screedy blog iteration. I’ve just started as a contributor at Cognoscenti and it’s got some good voices … Continue reading

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The Preschool Paradox

People keep asking why we should expand subsidized preschool when kids from Finland don’t start school until age seven and seem to turn out pretty damned functional. I agree it’s a puzzle. How can preschool be the best investment a … Continue reading

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Do Teachers Discriminate Against Boys?

Today’s TIME.com for you: Worries about the declining academic performance of boys, a topic of increasing alarm this past decade, have intensified recently. It seems that boys are being judged both unduly harshly and leniently at school. A new study on gender disparities … Continue reading

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Constructive Paranoia

I’ve been reading a new book called The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond (the Guns, Germs, and Steel guy), about what we can learn from ‘ancestral’ (i.e. hunter-gatherer) societies. He’s pretty clear about the things we might not wish to … Continue reading

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Over-thinking Sesame Street

This is my TIME.com column today, Adults Read Too Much Into “Sesame Street,” about the bizarre adult conflation of Elmo/Kevin Clash and what it says about how we see children:   Many adults who have been tracking the story about Elmo-creator Kevin … Continue reading

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