More Than Just Physical: PE and Cognitive Performance

Like other peripheral courses of study, physical education has recently fallen prey in many school systems to the assessment juggernaut. Under pressure to improve test scores, some schools—particularly those strapped for cash—have had to throw their energy and resources into the sciences, math, and reading, leaving high and dry more “extra-curricular” subjects like the arts,…

Kids’ ADHD Care Gets a Wake-up Call

A combination of carefully monitored stimulant use and intensive behavioral training reaps promising benefits for children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as for their parents, according to a much-anticipated study of how best to treat the problem. However, the investigation also indicates that many kids with ADHD receive neither behavioral training nor…

A Marriage of Art and Learning: An Interview with James Catterall

Dr. James Catterall, professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, says that his academic career has taken him down three main paths over the last few decades. The first was the examination of the economics of education, a pursuit that extended naturally from his undergraduate background in economics and from his graduate work at Stanford…