Smarter and Nicer – This Is Your Brain on Books

Smarter and Nicer – This Is Your Brain on Books

People of a certain age remember a 1987 public service ad campaign directed against drug use. An actor holding an egg says, “This is your brain.” He points to a cast iron frying pan bubbling with hot oil: “This is drugs.” Cracking the egg into the pan, he says “This...
Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Alex Kotlowitz is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. He wrote a remarkable book in 1992 titled There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. It’s the story of Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, 11- and 9-year-old brothers...
Ignorance is Detriment to Faithfulness

Ignorance is Detriment to Faithfulness

From my own narrow-minded experiences, I know the problems with ignorance are enhanced by the fact that it doesn’t hurt – and tends to go unrecognized by those who suffer from it most. And, as the poet and novelist Charles Bukowski, put it, “The problem with the world...
Films Unite Students Around Common Values

Films Unite Students Around Common Values

The end of a semester is always movie time for my high school social studies classes. Once the last test or final exam has been given, this is one way of giving the students a “break” while still having them think and learn by thoughtfully selecting the films....
Pandemic Could Raise Learning Poverty by 72M Children

Pandemic Could Raise Learning Poverty by 72M Children

School closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic are projected to increase learning poverty by 72 million children in low- to middle-income nations, according to a World Bank report published Dec. 2. This would represent a 10% increase from 2019, resulting in learning...