Can children learn language from television?

My nephew is currently snuggled up with a Curious George plushie he got for his birthday. Let’s revisit what his love of the cartoon character might have meant for his language, in this post from July 11, 2013 originally called “Life imitates art: Child imitates monkey”. Imitation of television is certainly dangerous…to my sister’s sanity.…

Facebook and Filter Bubbles

Yes, this is about the Facebook kerfluffle of the week, the probably-unethical and definitely-badly-managed study showing that changing users’ News Feeds would change what users posted themselves. Oddly enough, given my standing as a teacher of research methods and a practicing psychology researcher, I am not outraged about the ethics of the study itself; I am…

Why “Smart” Girls Don’t Do Math

Sometimes, usually about halfway through a stack of student papers, I close my eyes and dream of teaching without grades. Not without reading papers, or breaking out the colored pen to mark and comment, but without the one single letter that they look for first, and that takes the focus off the other hundreds of letters…

Think Fast!

One of the key words of the mindfulness movement is slow. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Appreciate the view while you wait in line. Join the slow food movement and savor each bite. And, of course, slow down your thoughts. Ideal sounding goals in a fast-paced, always-on, multitasking world, but those thoughts racing through…

The Power of Propaganda, and Original Documents

I took students to the National Archives expecting to give them a sense of propaganda, on the British side, although they were free to explore any documents the Archives might store that they found relevant to our class. I didn’t realize that I would be getting a lesson myself on the trials of research in…