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Active, Engaged, Meaningful and Interactive: Putting the “Education” Back in Educational Apps

Young girl using tablet

By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD  Are you overwhelmed by the host of stimulating digital toys and games intricately designed to build better brains for the new world order?   As the recent Joan Ganz Coony report noted, there are so many “educational” e-products that it is hard to know which are truly educational and which are just borrowing the “educational” adjective as an add-on label for their […]

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Girls Interrupted: Why Colleges Shouldn’t Recruit Athletes Before High School

Bemused teenage girl

By Suniya S. Luthar, PhD (Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University) Viewed against the backdrop of developmental research, recent reports on middle school girls being recruited for college athletic teams are alarming to say the least.   College coaches attend “club tournaments” of soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey in sprawling facilities across the country, drafting promising athletes even before they have started high school.   This occurs more at tournaments […]

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