College Decision Day: The Fallout of “The Great Brutal Culling”

College Decision Day: The Fallout of “The Great Brutal Culling”

The 2018 college admissions season is winding down, at least officially. The most selective colleges have made their decisions about whom they’ve accepted, waitlisted, and rejected. Now the students have to make their choices based on whatever options are now available to them.

May 1, also known as National College Decision (or Signing) Day, is the deadline for students to make deposits to attend the college of their choice. One might think that for these students—the ones whose “choice” coincides with their preferences — the stress of the college process would seem to be over.

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The Costs of High Expectations – Podcast Interview

The Costs of High Expectations – Podcast Interview

I was recently in Johannesburg, South Africa speaking at the Future of Diverse Learning Conference at the American International School where I met Will Richardson. Will and I began talking in depth about the bind we are in as educators, as parents, and even as a society when it comes to committing to our students. I was asked to be on Will’s Podcast, Modern Learners.

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Psychological Overuse Injuries: Expecting Adolescents to Think and Act Like Adults Before Their Brains Have Developed the Skills

Psychological Overuse Injuries: Expecting Adolescents to Think and Act Like Adults Before Their Brains Have Developed the Skills

This is the first of two posts devoted to executive skills in adolescents. In this first post, I focus on the role of executive functions and associated brain development – particularly as these functions/skills pertain to early adolescents enrolled in highly competitive schools – and the dangerous assumptions many educators and parents make about adolescents’ actual executive capacities in these ultra-competitive environments.

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