September 30, 2015

It’s only September 2015, and already our news channels are on high alert for the presidential election that is 13 months away. The candidates have no shortage of opinions on the economy, immigration, civil rights issues and education plans. Yet not one of them is talk...

July 22, 2015


A three-year-old sits on a sofa with an octogenarian, reading a Dr. Seuss book. At a table nearby, several preschoolers and elderly people chat while eating their snacks. Later that afternoon, the children have a music and movement class using multi-colored, floaty sc...

July 1, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear professor and writer David L. Kirp speak on the topic, “Is Public Education Dead?” His answer was that, while our public schools nationally are, for the most part, not meeting the needs of the majority of our population, t...

June 10, 2015

Just off the Branch Avenue exit of route 146 in Providence, there is an outdoor classroom. On the banks of the Woonasquatucket River, preschoolers are building their language and pre-literacy proficiency, learning about the natural world and scientific observation, and...

May 13, 2015

Last week, I met with the manager of operations and the communications coordinator for the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children (RIAEYC). If you’ve ever seen a sign at an early childhood center proclaiming that they are BrightStars rated, then y...

April 29, 2015


Recently, New America published an article suggesting that it is time to re-envision elementary education. Authors Lisa Guernsey and Laura Bornfreund argue that the current school structure, with preschool education ending at pre-kindergarten and elementary education...

April 24, 2015


A new research study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that children who live in poverty actually have smaller brains than their wealthier peers. Through scanning the brains of 1,100 Americans aged 3 – 20, scientists found that both the surface area and the thick...

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