• The Liberal Academy

    A look at the notion that the academy is biased against conservative faculty and proposals to address this concern.

  • Creating a Culture Where It’s Cool to Be Smart

    This article by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster on nurturing children’s intelligence and creativity was first published in 2009 in Gifted Education International. It was also the frontispiece in Roeper Review, and was featured at Education News. In light of Michelle Obama’s focus on educational reforms, see how and why the messages in this article still resonate strongly today.

  • Does Science Say Smart People Are Creative?

    When I moved to America, I was happy that my children would not experience the "exam hell" that Asian children endure. Alas, they had to experience standardized testing "nightmares" because of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The intention behind NCLB was to make all children “smart,” but instead, it left no child ahead, curious, or creative. It resulted in smart test-taking skills, not worthwhile skills. Colleges and graduate schools increasingly admit smart test-takers, leaving future innovators behind. Meanwhile, testing companies increasingly get richer.

  • Does Giftedness Matter?

    If we truly care about supporting exquisite sensitivity to the environment, as well as any other dimension of giftedness, we could do better to define the terms, define the measurement, and define the interventions, so that we can give help to the specific population of children who would really benefit from the support.

  • Too Invested in Your Child’s Activities and Performance?

    How involved should parents be in their children’s activities? Young and aspiring artists, musicians, athletes, and scholars experience challenges as they strive to achieve. So, what comprises too much or too little parental involvement? What’s just right? Here are some guidelines.

  • Education & Business Have The Same Problems (And The Same Fix)

    As much as we don't want to believe it, the same challenges exist in every industry and there's one easy way to fix all of them in one fell swoop. Sadly, we all think our own problems are unique to us and ignore the best advice in front of our eyes.

  • The Lure of Kids’ Extracurricular Activities:  The Impact, and Answers to Parents’ Questions

    School resumes, and kids are registering for all kinds of extracurricular programs. However, many parents have concerns about relevance and suitability, including the content, costs, benefits, and demands of these activities, wondering which ones are appropriate for their child. Here are some considerations and guidelines.

  • Overcome Procrastination! 5 Suggestions for Kids

    Procrastination can affect a child’s achievement, relationships with family and friends, happiness, creativity, and more. Yet kids still procrastinate—for many reasons. Here are 5 strategies they can use to overcome procrastination tendencies.

  • Are Parents Increasingly Getting Better At Supporting Their Children’s Cognitive Growth?

    The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.

  • How Experts Get Even Better: 5 Lessons from the Practice of Expert vs Intermediate Athletes

    Expertise is not just a matter of time. A comparison of the practice habits of expert and intermediate athletes suggests that there's a little more to it than that.