The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to emphasize not just rigorous content goals, but also less tangible skills, such as creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration.
Dear MindShift fans, It’s an honor and a privilege to be the new editor of MindShift. I’ve been a fan since the site’s inception and I’m humbled to be entrusted with this community by Tina Barseghian. I’ve spent most of my life serving public radio’s mission in broadcast and digital. I was a digital news … Continue reading Hello, MindShift Readers! →
An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.
Some mental health researchers are claiming to have discovered a new type of attention disorder characterized by daydreaming and lethargy. But some parents and other researchers are pushing back, worried about over-medicating the nation's children.
In her provocative article “Hey! Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone,” writer Hanna Rosin documents the arc of child-rearing from the 1970s to today, making the case that parents are far too overprotective of their kids, unintentionally robbing them of importance of things like risk taking. She asks: “How did these fears come to have such … Continue reading Are Today’s Parents Unintentionally Instilling a Culture of Fear? →