Why some kids get smarter by playing video games

Games are addictive. Just try asking your 14-year-old to put down Candy Crush Saga for a few minutes, and there’s a good chance you’ll encounter some serious resistance. But there’s more to the story than that. When psychologist Jane McGonigal Continue reading Why some kids get smarter by playing video games

A biology experiment you can do at home

If you want to do a fun and easy lab at home, check this out: I designed this lab for the Ron Paul Curriculum. I don’t agree with all their political views, but it’s the best K-12 educational program I’ve Continue reading A biology experiment you can do at home

What should our children be learning?

The job market changes, but some things don’t. Centuries ago, a man in Renaissance Italy pressured his son to become a musician. By learning music, the young lad would be able to secure a reliable income, and reach financial success. Continue reading What should our children be learning?

How to Learn Biology: Use All Your Senses

What can you learn about a bird if you only hear its song? Possibly quite a bit. For one thing, you can usually make good guesses about a bird’s lifestyle and environment just by hearing a few seconds of birdsong. Continue reading How to Learn Biology: Use All Your Senses