Category: Interviews

Why video games shouldn’t freak parents out

An advocate for educational video games realizes that our kids might actually learn more from Civilization, Minecraft, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. Everything changed at a lunch with the legendary game designer Sid Meier. For years, I’d been [...]

The fascinating reason that children write letters backwards

Hint: it has something to do with why we believe the earth is flat until we’re taught otherwise in school. Neuroscientist Mariano Sigman explains how the process of learning involves a certain amount of un-learning what we intuitively know. Common [...]

A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection

The brain in your head and the one in your gut are always exchanging info. But how do they do it? Neuroscientist Diego Bohórquez is trying to find out the answers. If you were asked where the human body’s nervous [...]

Too many teachers in the US are struggling to get by. Here’s what we can do to help.

We entrust teachers with the world’s most important job: educating our kids, says researcher and dean Gregg Garn. So why aren’t we paying and treating them in a way that shows they’re valued? In 1892, a man named David Ross [...]

Why dance is just as important as math in school

Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language. Psst: it may even help raise test scores, says Sir Ken Robinson. For several years, I’ve been a patron of the London [...]

Three ways to help any kid be more creative

The world’s problems demand bold, new solutions, so today’s children need to develop open, agile minds. Composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman tell you how to nurture them. Our children spend many of their waking hours in the classroom. [...]

How to exercise when it’s the last thing you want to do

Wise ideas from psychology, behavioral economics, business — and even activism — to get you moving. Excuse #1: “I don’t have the time to exercise.” The fix: You’ve got plenty of time; the trick is being intentional about how you [...]