Testing Doesn’t Leave Room for Teaching

In a commentary in today’s North County Times, Stephen D. Aloia, Associate Professor of Education at California State University, Fullerton, writes that one of the reasons teachers give so much homework is that they spend so much time on test prep that they don’t have time to teach. With his permission, here’s what he hasContinue reading “Testing Doesn’t Leave Room for Teaching”

Interesting People You Meet When You Write A Book

One of the things I love about having a blog is that I “meet” interesting people all the time. I’ve posted two articles in the past two weeks by Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, a psychologist who writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer. After I read his first article, I dropped him an email and we’ve had severalContinue reading “Interesting People You Meet When You Write A Book”

More from Dr. Daniel Gottlieb

Last week, I posted an article about how teenagers need more downtime, which was written by Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and author of, among other things, Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life. On Monday of this week, he wrote a follow-up piece, againContinue reading “More from Dr. Daniel Gottlieb”

Teenagers Drastically Need More Downtime

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article this week by Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and author of, among other things, Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life. I was excited to read Dr. Gottlieb’s article because he talks about what students themselves can do toContinue reading “Teenagers Drastically Need More Downtime”

Scotland Schoolchildren are Getting Too Much Help with Homework

According to an article in scotman.com, schoolchildren in Scotland are losing the ability to learn for themselves because they are getting too much help with homework from their parents. The vice-chancellor of Strathclyde University says that schoolwork has become “seriously debased” because students aren’t doing it for themselves. The development manager of the Scottish ParentContinue reading “Scotland Schoolchildren are Getting Too Much Help with Homework”

Canadian Parents Not Equipped to Help With Homework

According to a recent poll conducted by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Counsel on Learning, 62 percent of parents don’t have the necessary knowledge to help their children with homework. As reported in The Globe and Mail (registration required), the president of the Canadian Council on Learning stated, “There is a knowledge gap and it’sContinue reading “Canadian Parents Not Equipped to Help With Homework”

American Academy of Pediatrics: Children Need More Time to Play

According to a new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and reported in its journal, “free and unstructured play is healthy and – in fact – essential for helping children reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones as well as helping them manage stress and become resilient.” The report, “The ImportanceContinue reading “American Academy of Pediatrics: Children Need More Time to Play”

Palo Alto High School Teacher Refuses to Assign Homework

A Palo Alto, California, high school teacher, has stopped assigning homework to his world history and advanced placement economics students, according to an article in sfgate.com, After years of teachers piling it on, there’s a new movement to … Abolish homework. The teacher has found that his students achieve a 94 percent pass rate–a rateContinue reading “Palo Alto High School Teacher Refuses to Assign Homework”

Parents Mired in Their Children’s Homework

The National Education Association, in conjunction with Leap Frog, released a report last week detailing the results of a poll of parents of children ages 8-13 and a poll of students ages 11-13. Parents say that in an average week, they help their children with homework 2 hours and 45 minutes or more. Fifty-seven percentContinue reading “Parents Mired in Their Children’s Homework”

Guest Blogger: Children Need Contact With Nature

Today, I debut an occasional feature of this website: a blog entry by a guest. I am delighted that my first guest is William Crain, a professor of psychology at the City College of New York, the author of Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society, and the editor of the magazineContinue reading “Guest Blogger: Children Need Contact With Nature”