education

  • Charter Schools I: Preliminaries & Monopolies

    A look at the monopoly argument for charter schools.

  • Kids Who CAN But WON’T: What Can Parents Do?

    Resolutions? Expectations? The New Year is inevitably full of promise—and promises. However, kids’ resolve sometimes melts like snow… Here’s how parents can help children and teens meet responsibilities and challenges throughout the coming months.

  • “Science is Boring”

    Read the story about my student who said science is a snore, why he was right, and what all adults can do about it.

  • What Do Productivity and Creativity Have in Common?

    The quick (and unproductive) answer is that both words end with the same letters—TIVITY. The better (and more creative) answer points to several sure-fire approaches that parents can use to foster kids' productive AND creative efforts. Find out more below!

  • What the Cubs’ Epic World Series Win Can Teach Us About Parenting

    With a desire to return to the days following the Cubs’ World Series win when everybody in America seemed to be celebrating together, I’ve been thinking about what the aftermath of the 2016 baseball season can teach us about parenting and leadership. There are powerful lessons to be learned.

  • What Kills Creativity in Kids?

    Creativity is a choice—and if children are going to choose to be creative then parents have to be careful not to stifle it. What kills kids’ creativity? Here’s what to avoid.

  • What Not To Ask At A Dinner Party: “Are Jews More Creative Than Asians?”

    My research shows that a Jewish person is over 625 times more likely to win a Nobel Prize than an Asian person. Why? Is it related to their IQs? Is it because they are raised differently? Shouldn’t the notoriously high academic standards of Asian culture produce a greater number of innovators?

  • 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 pressed 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.