Education

Mary Beth Busby & Megan Massey: "Dear Megan: Letters on Life, Love and Fragile X "(Capital Cares)

September 29, 2006

Two mothers of sons with Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental retardation and autism, share stories of grief and triumph.

Alfie Kohn: "The Homework Myth" (Da Capo Press)

September 5, 2006

The author argues that homework harms more than helps students.

Alissa Quart: "Hothouse Kids" (Penguin Press)

August 29, 2006

Many parents believe they must do everything possible to nurture the talents of their children. But sometimes they push too hard at too early an age. A former child prodigy talks about the dilemma of raising a gifted child.

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

August 28, 2006

The secretary discusses the No Child Left Behind Act, higher education reform proposals, and a recent trip to New Orleans as students and schools prepare to start the school year.

Madeline Levine: "The Price of Privilege" (Harper Collins)

July 18, 2006

Today's affluent teens have many economic advantages. A psychologist specializing in adolescence explains why so many are experiencing more unhappiness and mental illness than any other group of children in America.

Fighting Childhood Obesity

June 19, 2006

Rising childhood obesity rates spawn efforts to get junk food out of schools, but behavioral changes are lagging public awareness.

Sam Freedman: "Letters to a Young Journalist"

May 11, 2006

Guidance and inspiration for those starting out in journalism.

Rosalind Wiseman: "Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads" (Crown)

April 11, 2006

The bestselling author and educator maps out the social hierarchy of what she calls "Perfect Parent World." She describes how parents can recognize patterns of problem behavior in themselves and others, how to crack the code of what...

Dana Buchman: "A Special Education" (Da Capo)

March 20, 2006

Popular fashion designer Dana Buchman talks about her daughter's struggle with learning difficulties and how, by helping her, she helped herself.

James Garbarino: "See Jane Hit" (Penguin)

February 21, 2006

A leading authority on juvenile violence explains why we may be witnessing a tipping point in the changing nature of physical aggression in American girls.

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