NEW YORK—Every first Friday of the month, people wait in a line that circles halfway around the Fifth Avenue block between 70th and 71st streets to...
How Music Benefits Children
Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect”–the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence–has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter”. This interest... Read more
Art Educator Mandy Hallenius: Classical Training in Art Opens Creative Choices
Mandy Hallenius, an artist and art teacher, says children can master the skills needed to draw or paint whatever they can imagine. To help children... Read more
Educator Andrew Kern: The Classics Ignite Our Desire to Learn, to Honor Others
Not everyone likes school, but everyone loves to learn. “Star Wars” fans light up when they learn something new about the franchise’s movies or actors... Read more
Should Kids Learn Emotions Alongside the ABCs?
Children should be taught about navigating their emotions from an early age, says sociologist Thomas Scheff. He refers to emotions as “internal events,” intangible cues working... Read more
Diverse Toys Can Help Kids Feel More Accepted (Video)
From Barbies with curves to dolls with disabilities, kids have more options for play. This representation matters. Toys are becoming more inclusive. Experts say toys... Read more
Suzuki Instructor Devin Arrington: Classical Music Training Can Break Down Barriers
Cradling the violin under his chin, holding the bow just so, a 5-year-old violinist was rendering a lovely Bach minuet—lovely until he got to the... Read more
How Roald Dahl Helps Our Children’s Mental Health
Mention mental health and it is often heard as negative – a time of breakdown and crisis – but talking about and finding ways to... Read more
State Chancellor: How Have Middletown Schools Achieved So Much?
MIDDLETOWN—Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents Betty Rosa visited Middletown High School and Presidential Park Elementary School on Sept. 6 to learn... Read more
Crowdfunded Classrooms: Teachers Increasingly Solicit Online
PHILADELPHIA—Paper? Pencils? Laptops? Robots? Teachers are increasingly relying on crowdfunding efforts to stock their classrooms with both the mundane and sometimes big-ticket items. Contributions to... Read more
Tight Budgets Force Teachers to Crowdfund for Supplies
NEW YORK—Ms. Carver needs pencils, markers, and erasers for her seventh-graders. Ms. Olsen needs some koosh balls and ribbons to help her autistic children stay... Read more
Middletown: A Diploma that Guarantees Success After Graduation
MIDDLETOWN—Middletown’s Board of Education has set high goals for the school district. The Board of Education instituted Project 20/20 with ten goals to reach by... Read more
Making College Worth the Cost
Americans are increasingly wondering if liberal arts colleges are worth the cost to both students and taxpayers. After noting the most important deficiencies, I propose... Read more
Music Training Speeds up Brain Development in Children
Observing a pianist at a recital—converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano—can be a powerful emotional experience. As a researcher of... Read more
College Chain Faces Mounting Troubles
ITT Technical Institute, a for-profit college with campuses across the United States, is accused of misleading its students with a deceptive student loan program and... Read more
Do Students Lose Depth in Digital Reading?
Do students learn as much when they read digitally as they do in print? For both parents and teachers, knowing whether computer-based media are improving... Read more
Educator Jeremy Tate: The Classics Can Help Us Build a Better Future
Do we value self-control or indulgence? Do we value kindness and generosity or competitive self-interest? These are the questions educator Jeremy Tate asks us to... Read more