As parents, we want schools to teach values as well as academic subjects. We want them to impart to our kids qualities like patience and grit -- traits that experts in education have long understood to be as important to academic and professional achievement as the ability to do math and use language. Yet, despite parents' wishes, too little thought has been given as to how … [Read more...] about Persevere and Triumph: Teaching Grit and Patience for School Success
Teaching is one of the most important professions, vital to a nation's long-term dynamism and productivity. But it is simply too hard to get all but the most dedicated teachers to commit to long-term careers, when, as in Chile and the United States, they make two-thirds of what people of a similar educational background earn. That is the dilemma Chile tried to confront in 2002 … [Read more...] about Keeping the Best Teachers: Is Money the Answer?
“Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.” This is one of many important targets set by the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2015. How hard will it be to achieve this goal by 2030? Answering this question requires picking this target apart, as … [Read more...] about Ensuring Access to Quality Early Childhood Development: Anything but Child’s Play
International literacy day on September 8th offers a new opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of literacy to individuals and society. Being able to read and write can impact people’s lives on many levels. It can enable a person to read a sign on the street, enjoy reading a book, complete an education, land a job, earn an income to provide for his or her family and … [Read more...] about The Beauty of a Bedtime Story
Latin America has a breast feeding problem. But before getting into the details, let me note that August 1-7, 2015 is World Breastfeeding Week. The line-up of sponsors is impressive. This annual event is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of organizations and individuals that promote breastfeeding worldwide. Partners in this … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding: The Best Recipe for a Healthy Start