A Conversation With Brian Butterworth

A cheerful English voice, crisp and elegant, asked her the question again. “How many coins do you have there, Signora?” Signora Gaddi stared at the coins in her hand for a long time, and then looked up to smile apologetically at the doctor. It was a soft smile, warm, but tenuous and sad. The corners…

A Conversation with John Bruer

In the opening pages of his recent book, The Myth of the First Three Years—A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning, John Bruer recalls a 1996 phone call he received from a journalist at a national parenting magazine. “Based on neuroscience” she asked, “what can we tell parents about choosing a preschool…

Single-Sex Classrooms

We educate students in groups. In addition to the obvious financial savings over individualized instruction, it makes sense for a social species to provide many opportunities for young people to interact with each other. Our K-12 school system thus provides 12,000 hours of non-kin social awareness and interaction that’s embedded within the curriculum and classroom…

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…