Is Background TV Killing Kids’ Concentration?

You’re proud of yourself for limiting your child to just 20 minutes of television a day, and rightfully so. But did you ever think about the television that she might be exposed to when she’s not actively watching? According to a 2012 study published in Pediatrics, this type of television exposure, called background television, may be more common—and more harmful—than you think.


Early physical maturity can be dangerous for boys

Boys are physically maturing earlier than ever, and pediatricians should warn parents that deeper voices may mean that boys need more, not less, supervision in some ways, according to a European study.
Research at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, noted that the age of sexual maturity has been decreasing by about 2.5 months each decade at least since the middle of the 18th century. But Joshua Goldstein, the institute’s director, said that even though it is widely accepted that girls are maturing earlier and earlier, only recently have researchers been able to actually document that trend for boys.

Encouraging Your Child to Read

You know reading’s fun – in fact, as an adult, you’d probably love to have time to curl up with a good book – but how can you convince your kids or students? For parents and teachers with kids who already know how to read, the issue isn’t teaching them how; it’s getting them to use their reading skills to open up a world of fun.

What if Teachers Acted Like Students?

Guest post by Zac Chase

To many progressive educators, answering the opening question to Chapter 3 of A Year at Mission Hill is as easy as turning to the father of progressive education, John Dewey.

Are Types of Learners Theories Relevant?

Did I seriously just ask if types of learners theories are relevant? Yes, I did. And I’m very curious as to how you answered. Never fear, this is a safe place for you to explore your feelings about types of learners. Your team leader, curriculum specialists, and administrators aren’t looking over your shoulder. Even among our staff here, we have differences of opinion about types of learner theories and how they impact the curriculum that we develop.

To Predict Success in Children, Look Beyond Willpower

A four-year-old girl sits at a table in a featureless room. A friendly researcher places a marshmallow in front of her and tells her that if she can resist eating it for 15 minutes, he will be back with another one and she can then eat both. He leaves, and what she does next will predict her success and mental health for the rest of her life. Such is the power of the now classic marshmallow study, long thought to be a measure of self-control.