The design of the classroom from 1750 to today

The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids by Alexandra Lange  The design of the classroom is a technology, and you can interpret that in a lot of different ways. Architects can make that look more, and less, typical. But the point is the instruction, the interaction in the classroom, not that it looks […]

U.K. schools dismiss the traditional clock face

[bha size=’120×120′ variation=’01’ align=’alignright’]The U.K. is eliminating analog clocks from student classrooms because kids can’t read them. Says one professor from the Times Educational Supplement newspaper: “It is amazing the number of students I am coming across in year 10, 11 and in sixth form who do not know how to tell the time. We live […]

Why some children struggle to hold pencils

According to doctors, you can blame tech for children’s inability to hold pencils. Apparently all that screen time is doing nothing to strengthen their thumb, index, and middle fingers which work together to form one’s basic writing technique. Generation thumbs Having grown up with perpetual swiping and speaking in images and emoji, the next generation is […]

Life is not a contest

They say that the best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else. But the teacher, often a parent, pushes an agenda that demands high achieving results. As a result, children sprint into adulthood without having explored all their curiosity. Parents could benefit more from their children’s sense of wonder. Children remind […]

‘Sitting is the new smoking’ 

On the contrary, sitting is not the modern plague. It’s just the scary metaphor health practitioners use to remind us to get up and move every once in a while. They recommend standing up 5-10 minutes for every 45 minutes we’re sedentary. The tagline caught on because doctors grew concerned that people weren’t active enough, […]