Archive for August, 2007

Somehow guest blogger Randi Weingarten managed to say everything I have wanted to say to the curt partisans at eduwonk. Naturally it’s long and wonky, but worth a read if you want to understand teachers’ concerns these days.


Young brains

18Aug07

All the skepticism about neuroscience telling us about mind applies, butthis article from the Economist is interesting. If I follow the conclusions correctly, it says that one network of brain functions handles new challenges and another evaluates longer-term plans. In the minds of children, however, these are one network, with the long-term functions wrapped inside […]


NYT reports on the decline in unstructure d play in the lives of U.S. children. I might even say: A collapse. It seems earlier generations of kids were turned out of the house to play. But then there were clusters of children running about playing, inventing things to do in cul-de-sacs and bridges, parks and […]