May 2, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Experience a key ingredient of leadership As a retired teacher with 26 years of experience, I wonder whether the "Trend in younger principals" (Wednesday) would extend to leaders in business, law, or the media. Can a person in those fields with five or less years of experience attain a position of leadership and responsibility for hundreds of people? Being in charge of a school requires more than skill in technology and awareness of the latest best practices, which change constantly.
January 14, 2016 |
Question: Thus far, our two children, 2 and 7, have met or exceeded their development markers. The same has not been true for all of their cousins. In fact, our 2-year-old is much more verbally advanced than some of his older cousins. Can you please offer some guidance for handling situations with uncles and aunts at family gatherings (every month or so) when the differences are out there for all to see? Our relatives are nice and also very human, which means they notice such things, and sometimes (to my eyes)
October 20, 2014 |
The hours of trying to calm a fussy 3-month-old led Carolyn Kent Rovee-Collier to a lifetime study and new understanding of infant psychology. Dr. Rovee-Collier's creative solution - discovered in 1965 while she was working on her doctoral thesis - involved tying a ribbon to baby Benjamin's ankle so he could set his crib mobile in motion on his own. Benjamin's response proved that preverbal infants could learn and remember, according to Dr. Rovee-Collier's son...
February 12, 2014 |
It's not only poor Philadelphia children who are going without high quality child-care and preschool programs - suburban communities have severe shortages of slots, and in many cases costs are prohibitive. Those findings are from a report released today by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a Philadelphia-based advocacy group that has issued similar studies on education, health, poverty, and nutrition in recent months. Characteristics of high-quality care include having trained teachers who understand child development and can teach social and emotional skills along with letters and numbers, said Shawn Towey, the organization's child-care policy coordinator.
August 16, 2012 |
To their young charges, they're the slightly older arbiters of fun in the summer. The camp counselor is the hip role model who is cool to look up to. But the young people whose job it is to take care of campers during the summer say their jobs are about more than supervising the basketball game or taking the easy path to summer employment. Their role has increasing responsibility and requires training that has become more extensive and varied. "We see the kid whose parents are going through a divorce, or the kid coming in the same clothes day after day. Sometimes we see pain and suffering that they may be going through at home," said Josh Watters, 24, a counselor at the Diamond Ridge day camp in Jamison.
April 10, 2011 |
The cases can be beyond cold, dating back decades. The wrongful conduct can be as blatant as rape, or as subtle as a whispered compliment. And the accused are among the most respected men in the region. To sort it all out, the former sex-crimes prosecutor heading the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's investigation of nearly 30 suspended priests has put together a team that includes experts on the psychology of sex offenders and a pair of ex-police officers from the Special Victims Unit.
August 23, 2008
Andrew McMeekin Newtown Square I was pleased to see Lini Kadaba's article on Wednesday, "Building better babies?" As a child psychologist, I support programs that inform child development. Thank you for highlighting the fact that this program would benefit from more rigorous study. Dana Calafati is to be commended for her dedication to raising healthy children. However, she and other well-intentioned parents may miss the big picture. The growing brain has a wonderfully efficient and natural order for development, and while we, as caring parents, can certainly support it, spending large amounts of time and money on programs such as this may be a poor investment of family funds and could have negative consequences by altering the natural pace of brain development.
May 30, 2005 |
Teenagers who have trouble juggling homework, jobs and chores now have a new excuse. University of Minnesota researchers found that the ability to multitask is still developing until age 16 or 17. Given a test that required remembering multiple pieces of information and using them to plan and act, the youths did worse than 18- to 20-year-olds. "They can multitask, but, if the amount of information to be dealt with increases, they will reach a challenge point before a young adult does," said Monica Luciana, an associate psychology professor whose work was published this month in the journal Child Development.
February 18, 2002 |
T. Berry Brazelton has been tending to babies and their families for half a century, and from his perspective, the pressures on parents have never been greater. The famed pediatrician, child development expert and author of 30 books ticks off a list of stresses: parents raising children without the support of extended families and community; women in the workforce with not enough quality child-care options; television coming at kids for hours on end with content that's often heavy on violence and sexual content; schools that have shut parents out. And that's just for starters, Brazelton said in an interview.
April 19, 2001 |
Children who spend long hours in child care are more likely to be aggressive and disobedient when they reach kindergarten age, according to the latest results from a major federal study. In a finding sure to provoke controversy, researchers will report today that regardless of where a child was cared for - at a day-care center, in someone's home, or with a relative - those who spent more time in non-maternal care were more likely to have behavior problems than children who spent less time in child care.