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The Road to Hell?
By Howard Gardner, Ph.D.
If the proverbial inter-planetary visitor observed educational policymakers around the world, she would soon infer their single preoccupation: “How to raise scores on international comparisons like the TIMMS or the PISA tests.”...READ MORE


Yale University: Lux et Veritas
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
The three interviews with Yale University researchers that appear below constitute prime examples of the motto of Yale University—“Lux et Veritas,” light and truth—a Latin translation of a Hebrew phrase that appears on the seal of Yale University. An accepted interpretation holds that the Biblical expression refers to the intention of God’s will as it was revealed to a high priest and through the priest to the people. Lux et Veritas is, of course, an appropriate motto for Yale, which was founded in 1701 to provide and promote academic and religious training. Such a mission was typical of the time, and it continues to inspire the scholars featured in these articles, for whom the highest form of research means embracing the ethical dimensions and societal implications of their work, especially as that work affects the education of children.

Dr. Edward F. Zigler, Founder, Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though he proffers that he’s getting a bit long in the tooth, in the same breath he speaks determinedly about the books he’s continuing to write and edit that promote his passion: universal pre-school education....READ MORE

Fred Volkmar, M.D. Chief, Child Psychiatry & Director, Yale Child Study Center
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
When the word “autism” was coined in 1912 by Swiss psychiatrist Paul Eugen Bleuler, originally a follower of Freud, it was understood as a form of “schizophrenia,” a term also invented by Bleuler one year earlier....READ MORE

Marc Bracket, Ph.D. Director, Zigler Center, Emotional Intelligence
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
In his early thirties, Marc Brackett, Ph.D.—associate research scientist and associate director of the Health, Emotions and Behavior Laboratory at Yale and the psychology director of the Zigler Center Emotional Intelligence Unit—can lay claim to what others may achieve only after a longtime career....READ MORE


We Remember:
Education Update Exclusive Interviews

Senator Edward Kennedy: National Center for Learning Disabilities Awardee
By Dr. Pola Rosen | May 2005
Education Update: The Kennedy Family has been involved in helping children with special needs for many decades, including the Special Olympics. How did you first become involved in special education?
Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy: My family became particularly committed to children with disabilities and their families because of our sister, Rosemary, who had mental retardation. In many ways she still had real potential, and my parents did their best to see that she could develop as much as possible....READ MORE

McCourt Advises Teachers: Be Passionate!
By Lisa K. Winkler | May 2008
Frank McCourt’s advice for teachers is simple: “Find what you love and do it. If kids see your passion, they’ll be with you.”...READ MORE

Stanley H. Kaplan Supports Middle School Math Instruction at CCNY
By Alfred Posamentier, Ph.D. | July 2008
Several years ago, the math teacher shortage in New York City secondary schools reached near-crisis level. Despite the best efforts of the department of education to recruit the best and brightest new teachers for its schools, the national shortage of math majors and the outflow of experienced math teachers led to the evolution of a largely under-prepared and inexperienced math teacher corps in New York City....READ MORE

More Les Paul
By Andrew Schiff | September 2002
Throughout history, education has usually placed emphasis on the student-teacher relationship. Socrates taught Plato, Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller and other examples flood the history books....READ MORE


NY Times NIE Program Shows Teachers How To Boost Learning With Its Online Resources
By Sybil Maimin
Although The New York Times has had an education program since the 1930s, the newspaper’s value as a teaching tool has broadened significantly with the addition of an ambitious digital component....READ MORE

Sadlier Conference on Advances in Mathematics
By Lauren Shapiro,
Edited by Barbara Lowin

Part 2 of 2
In 2006, President Bush created a National Mathematics Advisory Panel, comprised of 20 expert panelists and five ex-officio members, to advise him and the secretary of education on the best use of scientifically-based research on the teaching and learning of math, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in learning algebra....READ MORE

A Reprieve for Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
By Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Renee v. Duncan recently declined to invalidate a regulation under the federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows teachers participating in alternative routes to certification (licensure) to be considered “highly qualified.”...READ MORE


Imagination Conversations
By Scott Noppe-Brandon
Love of the arts has guided and inspired me my whole life....READ MORE


Professor Joachim Pissarro:
The Global Democratization of Art

By Lisa K. Winkler
s an art history professor and curator at New York City’s Hunter College, Joachim Pissarro witnesses daily what he calls “the global democratization of art.”...READ MORE

President Kimberly Cline, Mercy College
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Recently completing her first year as the 10th president of Mercy College—an approximately 9,000-student, private, nonprofit liberal arts college with a main campus in Dobbs Ferry and four campuses in metropolitan New York—Dr. Kimberly R. Cline reports no surprises, only delights. Her initial sense of Mercy College as a “student centered” institution has proved true in ways that have encouraged her to forge ahead, particularly in an area she strongly believes will put Mercy College on the academic map as a national leader: a revolutionary mentoring program called PACT (Personalized Achievement ContracT)....READ MORE

President Debora Spar, Barnard College
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
As conventional as it first sounds, when Debora Spar mentions “getting to know students” as the most memorable aspect of her first year as president of Barnard College, she immediately follows with an explanation and examples that prove her gifts for fast, thoughtful analysis and extraordinary personal charm....READ MORE

Bernard Lander: President & Founder, Touro College, Rabbi, Scholar, Administrator & Humanitarian
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
“I move around a lot … I have a lot of frequent flyer miles,” explained Dr. Bernard Lander, by his own admission perhaps the most peripatetic university president in the country, when asked to share one of his many secrets of success....READ MORE

The Golden Section Constructed by Paper Folding
By Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
There are many things in mathematics that are "beautiful," yet sometimes the beauty is not apparent at first sight....READ MORE


Learning By Hand: A Case for Handwriting Enhancing Reading
By Dr. John J. Russell,
Head of Windward School

In the February 23, 2009 issue of Newsweek, Jessica Bennett predicted the doom of writing in longhand. In her cleverly-titled article, “The Curse of Cursive”, she states that “penmanship, like hieroglyphics and the IBM Selectric, has lost its purpose,” and she goes on to deliver the coup de grace by saying, “Let’s erase it for good.”...READ MORE


Dr. James Garofalo Recalls his Days as a Flight Surgeon
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Dr. James Garofalo, a general practice physician from Caldwell, N.J., is flying high in anticipation of his pilot’s license renewal this fall....READ MORE

Watch the 2009 Outstanding Educators of the Year awards ceremony from the Harvard Club


Distinguished Leaders in Education
Outstanding Educators of the Year 2009 Awards Ceremony
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
And you thought Thanksgiving was only in November and that only Plymouth rocked....READ MORE

Exclusive Interview:
Alonzo Mourning’s Triumph Over Kidney Disease
By Richard Kagan
How did you get the nickname “the ultimate warrior?”
Based on my demeanor and determination, over the years the nickname came from the perception that people took from my intense play....READ MORE


CUNY and New York City Public School Graduates are Thriving
By Jay Hershenson
New York City public high school graduates are thriving at CUNY Colleges, like Fei Yan Mock, who received her foundation for learning at the New York City Lab High School in Manhattan and is now an undergraduate at Hunter College majoring in biochemistry and classical studies....READ MORE

Letters to the Editor - August 2009


Sadlier Conference on U.S. Mathematics Achievement
By Lauren Shapiro
In 2006, President Bush created a National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP), comprised of 20 expert panelists and five ex-officio members, to advise him and the Secretary of Education on the best use of scientifically-based research on the teaching and learning of math, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in learning algebra....READ MORE

School Reform: Tinkering Around the Edges
By Jerrold Ross, Ph.D
School reform has been the subject of articles, books, speeches (including campaign), op-ed pieces, research, and most of all, political pronouncements....READ MORE

This Time, Let’s Truly Leave No Child Behind
By Mary Brabeck, Ph.D.
It is summer and faculty are heading for vacations with novels they have saved for beach reading....READ MORE

Accountability vs. Equity: Are They at Odds?
By Dr. Bonnie Brown
As educators, we labor under the rigor of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in our attempts to improve accountability through public test scores and district school-wide achievement metrics....READ MORE

Loews Corporation’s Education Scholarships
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
When Andrew Tisch talks about the Loews Corporation’s Scholarship Program, he breaks into a broad smile....READ MORE

Fighting for Geoscience Education
By Dr. Michael J. Passow
When National Science Education Standards was released in the 1990s, earth and space science education was boosted toward a position of equality with biology, chemistry, and physics....READ MORE

Does Testing Promote Accountability or Accounting?
By S.G. Grant, Ph.D.
These are vexing times for educators interested in nuance, context and complexity....READ MORE

Gifted Students Thrive in Vocational Environment
By Steven Frank, Staff Writer
A gifted student complains that her classes are too easy, so she gets bored....READ MORE

Sloan Work and Family Research Network Releases New Policy Brief on School Involvement Leave
President Barack Obama continues to underscore the importance of parental involvement in education as the beginning of education reform....READ MORE

Department of Education’s Big Apple Games Offer Free Activities for Ages 8-19
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) recently announced the start of the Big Apple Games, which offer free recreational activities for children between the ages of eight and nineteen....READ MORE


Gilder Lehrman Student Symposium: A Debate on Lincoln’s Greatness
By Steven Frank
Was Abraham Lincoln a true abolitionist who deserves the title of “The Great Emancipator?”...READ MORE

The Dean's Column
The Arithmetic Uniqueness of the Number 11
By Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
The number 11, since it is 1 greater than our base 10, has some lovely properties that can be used not only to shortcut some calculations, but also to exhibit some of mathematics’ hidden treasures....READ MORE 

Marymount Manhattan Writers’ Conference Examines Industry Revolution
By Sybil Maimin
The impact of
rapid changes in the world of communications was a major theme at the 2009 Writers’ Conference at Marymount Manhattan College....READ MORE

Bank Street College Children’s Book Awards
Children not only learn to read at Bank Street College’s School for Children; they also learn to evaluate picture books....READ MORE

Touro College’s Graduate School of Education To Launch Online/Blended Teacher Education Program
Dr. Bernard Lander, president and founder of Touro College, today announced that Touro’s Graduate School of Education will launch an “online/blended” program this fall....READ MORE

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Held at Moravian College
For the thirteenth consecutive year, Moravian College hosted the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Talented Youth program....READ MORE

Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business M.B.A. Students Renovate Playground
M.B.A. students from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business practiced corporate social responsibility while volunteering to renovate the playground at the California Avenue Elementary School last month....READ MORE


A Perspective on ADHD
By Raul Silva, M.D.
In this column I would like to share with the readership my own perspectives on what is probably the most common neuropsychiatric condition in our schools today....READ MORE

A Hope for an Inclusive Tomorrow
By Emmanuel Reed
One of the greatest fears that many parents face today is that their child will be diagnosed with autism or some other learning disability....READ MORE

John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
By Yuridia Peña
John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School will open its doors to 75 sixth graders this fall....READ MORE

Sterling School Graduates Inspire Its Current Students
Rain could not put a damper on the Sterling School’s 10th anniversary and graduation at the Peristyle in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park last month....READ MORE


New Eyes for the Needy: Giving the Gift of Sight
By Lisa K. Winkler, Staff Writer
New Eyes for the Needy’s mission is vision, and this New Jersey-based nonprofit volunteer organization works hard to guarantee that anyone who needs glasses gets them....READ MORE

Dr. Jonas Salk Scholarships Awarded to CUNY Pre-Meds
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced that eight CUNY pre-medical students have been awarded Jonas E. Salk Scholarships to study medicine....READ MORE

The Jed Foundation Hosts Eighth Annual Gala
The Jed Foundation was founded in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow, after their beloved son, Jed, commited suicide....READ MORE


Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations
By H. Harris Healy, III, President, Logos Bookstore
In the Education Update May 2009 issue, I talked about a quality supplier of paperbacks, Dover Publications....READ MORE

Summer Reading Recommendations from Education Update's Advisory Council


Making a Difference at the Holocaust Center in Purchase, NY
By Rich Monetti, Staff Writer
Genocide knows no geographic or historical boundaries, but its numerous instances share a series of striking similarities....READ MORE

Remembering A Life Long Past
By Jan Aaron, Staff Writer
They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Life in Poland Before the Holocaust will be exhibited at the Jewish Museum through October 1....READ MORE


Free and Fun Activities for a Great Summer Season
By Mayor Michael Bloomberg
The summer is now in full swing, and if you forget about the near-record rains we’ve been experiencing, you can see summer all around us....READ MORE

The Wonderful Multiethnic Tapestry of New York City
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Parades are a great way to celebrate the diversity of New York City....READ MORE

A Remarkable Dining Experience at Barbetta Restaurant
By Dr. Pola Rosen
If you ever want to enjoy a spectacular lunch or dinner and retreat entirely from the hustle and bustle of the city, dine at Barbetta Restaurant, the oldest single family-owned restaurant in New York City....READ MORE


Botswana’s Okavanga Delta: A Real Paradise on Earth
By Irving Spitz
Botswana is one of the few places left in Africa where large numbers of wildlife roam free through unfenced wilderness areas....READ MORE

The Salzburg Festival: A Magical Musical Extravaganza
By Irving Spitz
The five week Salzburg summer Festival has just run its course....READ MORE


A Mosaic Artist, Yiannis Frazis
By Marylena Mantas
Tourist groups from Russia to New York City often find visiting St. Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church in Chelsea on their list of attractions....READ MORE

Just Graduated, What Do I Do Now?
By Chris Duffy
Graduating in a recession is the best excuse for adventure....READ MORE

Tips for the Job Search from Grace Institute
By Mary Mulvihill, Ed.D.
In today’s very tight job market, candidates must ask themselves several hard questions as they proceed on their job search....READ MORE


Graduation Around the Nation 2009
Secretary Solis Urges Hunter Grads to Harness “Ganas” at 199th Commencement
By Steven Frank
Imagine yourself as U.S. Secretary of Labor during the greatest economic downtown since the Great Depression....READ MORE

Barnard College: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton & President Debra Spar
By Joy Resmovits
At the end of her first year as Barnard College’s President, Debora Spar ushered the class of 2009 through their final moments as students with the help of a guest speaker—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called for “digital diplomacy.”...READ MORE

Grace Outreach Graduates Speak
Grace Outreach is a program for single mothers who aged out of receiving a high school diploma....READ MORE

Teachers College: Mayor Cory Booker & President Susan Fuhrman
By Joy Resmovits
Future teachers and education policy makers graduated from Teachers College of Columbia University to strains of organ music under the arched ceiling of Riverside Church in May....READ MORE

Pakistani Student Speaks at Teachers College
Since a Fulbright Scholarship brought me to Teachers College less than two years ago, much has happened in Pakistan....READ MORE

A Long Road to Graduation
By Susan Randell
Getting my degree was a long-term goal of mine. Little did I realize how long the term would be....READ MORE

Reunions Around the Nation 2009
Honors Awarded at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
By Dr. Pola Rosen

The impressive array of brainpower at a recent reunion of doctors of all ages at SUNY Downstate Medical Center (DMC) was only surpassed by the unwavering service to humanity and the humility demonstrated by so many attendees....READ MORE

Lighting up the Amygdala
By Martin A. Silverman, M.D.
My lab partner worked so carefully that time seemed to run backwards....READ MORE

High School Reunions: Music and Art, New York City
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Originally, the “Castle on the Hill”, as its students called Music and Art High School in the 50s and 60s, occupied a lofty perch almost adjacent to The City College of New York, on 137th Street and Convent Avenue....READ MORE


Addressing the Lack of Parent Access in Our School System
By William C. Thompson, Jr.
Parents are essential stakeholders in our public education system....READ MORE


Strip Searches in Public Schools
By Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Safford Unified School District # 1 v. Redding, involving the strip search of a thirteen-year-old girl in an Arizona school district....READ MORE


Professor Larry Singer:
The Force Behind USC’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program (PPP): Career-Changers Welcome!

By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
While many students spend their college years pursuing a life-long ambition to become a doctor, taking the required science and math courses in linear progression and applying to medical school as seniors, it was only after Heather had graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles with a degree in French that she realized she wanted to be a surgeon....READ MORE

Kudos to 39 Years As Dean
By Dr. Pola Rosen
How many people can a teacher influence? To answer that mathematical question, you had to attend the recent retirement dinner honoring Dean Alfred Posamentier, mathematician, author and mentor to scores of students across time and the span of oceans....READ MORE

Teachers College Profile:
Professor Pearl Kane, Klingenstein Center, Independent School Leadership
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though she holds a number of prestigious titles—Klingenstein Family Chair Professor of Education in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University, Director of the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, and Advisor for Master’s degree programs focusing on school leadership—not to mention being the recipient last November of honors at the European Council of International Schools, in Nice, and the National Association of Principals of Girls Outstanding Achievement Award, in February, Pearl Rock Kane hardly mentions her own accomplishments and speaks in a soft spoken manner about the significance of leadership for the country’s schools....READ MORE

Touro College: New Adult Education Program to Address Lack of Residential Real Estate Training
Dr. Bernard Lander, president and founder of Touro College, together with Dr. Michael Williams, dean of Touro’s Graduate School of Business, have announced a unique adult education program in residential real estate to be launched this June....READ MORE


Quinn Bradlee: A Different Life
By Steven Frank
Born into a privileged family, Quinn Bradlee has had anything but an easy life.  During childhood, he was told he’d never be able to read a book let alone write one....READ MORE



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