Tuesday, March 31

More on the Overprotective Parent

In this book review. (And see our previous post on the topic here.)

Sunday, March 29

Low Tech Sollution

Kids fidgeting in class. Why not just let them stand, and give them an adjustable high desk?

Thursday, March 26

The Humanities in Trouble

The humanities always take a hit in touch economic times. The NY Times reports that the current crisis may be particularly hard on the humanities, something that does not bode well for die hard Torah U-Madda advocates (like me!).

Tuesday, March 24

The Virtual Life of a Typical High School Student

PBS has produced a fascinating documentary film about the on-line lives of high school students. The film is related to this research report, which is itself in advance of a book that, rumor has it, will eventually be published by Yale University Press. (The third segment of the film is pretty racy for public television, so those of weak hearts or strong neshamas might prefer to skip that segment).

Sunday, March 22

Duh! Dept.

Yup, research shows that kids who have short breaks and recess during the school day are more likely to participate in class than those who are locked up in the classroom for hours on end. (NY Times picked up on this, too, and also seemed to think it was news.)

Thursday, March 19

Random and Not-So-Random Jewish Links

Random and not-so-random Jewish links from Rabbi Jeff Kuperman. Lots of useful information, articles, educational materials, primary sources on Jewish history, Tanakh, Gemara, etc. Worth the look.

Monday, March 16

NY Times On the Academic Boycott of Israel

Stanley Fish's column in the NY Times often irritates me, and here too he got my goat. Why does he deem it irrelevant to figure out how "bad" Israel's actions are before determing if the academic boycott of Israel is a good idea? Even if political action by the academy is a good idea - Fish thinks its not - presumably you still have to figure out what action is worth persuing, and for that you need moral and practical reason - which seems to be in short supply among the pro-boycott crowd.

In any case, the post should have us worried, because simply discussing the idea "impassionately" gives it legitimacy.

Sunday, March 15


A relatively new blog called "chinuchadventures" by a thoughtful young Orthodox educator. Food for thought and a light-hearted tone.

Thursday, March 12

Kids and Marital Satisfaction

I can't tell you what things were like in the past, but at least in the present and in my house, parents are spending lots of time with kids, it's very rewarding, and very frustrating. Here's some historical and research perspective.

Tuesday, March 10

College: More Important, Less Affordable

Public Agenda has followed up its earlier surveys of Americans' attitudes toward college and its affordability. As the economy worsens, more American see college as indispensible, while fewer imaging that they can afford it. Not a pretty picture.

Sunday, March 8

American Youth and Religion: Follow Up

The National Study of Youth and Religion has just released the beginning of the second wave of its research on American teen-age religious commitment and practices. The first wave of research was published in this (very interesting) book (discussed by ATID here). The new research takes a more longitudnal perspective, tracing religious commitments of teens as they grow older.

Thursday, March 5

Teaching, Hollywood Style

We have all seen the tear-jerk movies about the great teacher who saves the kids from bad schools or from mind-numbing education. Of course, in the real world, it just ain't so. What can Hollywood teach us, and not teach us, about good education? (Some of the comments are just as interesting as the article).

BTW, you need to register to read the article, but it is just a registration. It doesn't cost anything.

Tuesday, March 3

Free Childrens' Books

Free children's books on line at www.biguniverse.com.

Sunday, March 1

The Demise of the SAT and GRE?

"The SAT's authority is eroding slowly but surely, as one college after another finds more substantial and nuanced ways of assessing its undergraduate applicants," points out a professor of literature after taking the GRE subject test in his own field, "just for fun." (Has some odd ideas of fun, I must admit...). Perhaps the people at Fairtest are right: the SAT and like tests are simply not a good predictor of college success (executive summary here).