The Gene: Social Policy Implications?

I just finished reading Mukherjee’s The Gene, a fascinating (if long) book on the history of humans understanding their own instruction manual. The sixth section of the book, entitled “Post-Genome” looks at where the field is now (or at least was when the book was written in 2015) and where genetics might be headed. He discusses the…

Article: Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed

[My complaint with Dweck well explained: “Let’s be clear — these brief interventions aren’t a silver bullet, a quick-and-easy way to transform K-12 education. While they can complement good educational practice, they are no substitute for quality in the classroom. Students who come to see themselves as the masters of their own destiny can take advantage…

Article: The Brain’s Empathy Gap

[A long article that is worth the full read. Boston was the site of major strife over school integration and busing so this very recent episode in Hungary feels particularly relevant here, though the United States as a whole does not have particularly integrated schools and continues litigious battles over integration. The possibility of building…

Article: Overcoming Poverty’s Damage to Learning

[Though I wish a few parts of this article had more concrete details, in general I found this intervention, Turnaround For Children, very compelling. I’m struggling with the part I’m playing in making the school environment less helpful rather than more helpful — too often I feel like I am not “modeling respect” and instead…