Giving Up on 4-Year Olds: A Societal Indictment

The New York Times published an editorial today, detailing a new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, examining the disciplinary practices of our country’s 97,000 public schools. Giving up on 4-Year Olds is the ultimate indictment of a so-called civilized society. In truth, critical analysis of public policy suggests we are already giving up [...]

Limits of Trying to Close the Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

Today's New York Times features a hopeful article, Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word, about the impact of exposing children, especially those of poverty, to greater quantity and quality of vocabulary. This current trend, greatly espoused by Hillary Clinton's Too Small To Fail initiative is absolutely laudable. But while words are undoubtedly [...]

Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap (and What about Empathy?)

Where income is higher, life spans are longer. As incomes have diverged between this country’s richest and poorest counties, so have the life expectancies of their residents. Annie Lowry in the New York Times has authored "Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap,” in which she details stark differences in lifespan in otherwise matched locales, differentiated [...]

Why Rich Calling Everyone Nazis: An Alternative Perspective

In an interesting article promising a scientific explanation as to "why the rich are calling everyone Nazis" published in today's Huffington Post, author Jillian Berman reviews Dacher Keltner's work at Berkeley. Dr. Keltner has written about the lack of empathy in the super wealthy, recognizing contributors of social isolation, disconnection, impact of power, and the [...]

Dialogue about Children and Poverty Requires Translation into Discussion of Empathy

Mark Kennedy Shriver, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children, published a letter in the New York Times of December 18th, 2013, inviting readers to a dialogue about children and poverty. Mr. Shriver's personal frustration was apparent in his excellent article, decrying the potential dismantling of federal programs supporting early childhood development. I [...]

December, 2013|Early childhood development, Empathy Inequality|

Protecting children from toxic stress

The November 5th, 2013, New York Times article by David Bornstein, Protecting Children From Toxic Stress, is a powerful call to action. Each day we ignore the reality of science about the impact of early childhood adversity on the development of a child's brain, we eliminate the potential of that child to the realization of [...]

November, 2013|Early childhood development|

response to the new york times on sanctions for penn state

To the Sports Editor of The New York Times: Although the N.C.A.A. punishment is significant in terms of financial repercussions for Penn State, a critical question is whether such consequences serve the most constructive purpose. It would be heartening if some of the money were earmarked for education, prevention and clinical research in sexual abuse. [...]