Should your child learn this instead of computer programming?

There’s a new kind of money called Bitcoin. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s based on computer code. As the poem goes:   The demand for coding Is exploding.   The boom in smart phone apps, games, and cryptocurrency ensures Continue reading Should your child learn this instead of computer programming?

The Surprising, Little-Known Origins of Common Core

In general, there are two points of view regarding Common Core. On the one hand, you have concerned parents and teachers who believe Common Core is a barefaced power grab by the federal government with catastrophic results that will only Continue reading The Surprising, Little-Known Origins of Common Core

How hiking makes you smarter

Take some time for a walk in the park. The research supports the value of certain kinds of fun time. A recent study was conducted at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Earlier, related research found that people who live near forested Continue reading How hiking makes you smarter

Do you need 1,000 hours of practice for everything?

Here’s a shortcut to mastering any art, any sport, any knowledge. In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell notes that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a true virtuoso at something. A more scientific approach discussed in The Talent Continue reading Do you need 1,000 hours of practice for everything?

How to study science: How long should you study?

Want to really know how to study science? Lauren was studying physics while she prepared herself for the AP Biology exam. She was also learning how to play guitar and she practiced a martial art. When she got home from Continue reading How to study science: How long should you study?