December 8, 2018

It looks like the best and the brightest have sown dragon's teeth – again. While the experts continue to cautiously debate the effects of prolonged staring at various screens, Silicon Valley execs have apparently seen the writing on the wall. If the NYT is to be believ...

August 15, 2017

This title looks very much like clickbait – but in fact it points to a long Atlantic article by Jean M. Twenge (of "narcissism epidemic" fame). She is pitching her new book, which is bound to be again "controversial" – iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing...

August 14, 2017

This is the title of a segment on CNN describing a curious phenomenon – the extent to which IT developers and entrepreneurs have become dependent on LSD as a “creativity” prop. One of them, Tim Ferriss, states flatly: “The billionaires I know, almost without exception,...

August 1, 2017

A new study in educational psychology purportedly shows that “Gamification of Learning Deactivates the Default Mode Network.”  The authors point out that “games offer incentivised conditions that are remarkably effective in engaging players in goal-directed behavior.”...

July 5, 2017

This is the message of a recent op-ed piece by Lisa Pryor, medical doctor and author. The title says it all: “Relax and Let Your Kids Indulge in TV.” She confesses she comes from “a family of screen addicts” who have been “addicted to television, through three generati...

June 2, 2017

The Science Daily and other outlets report on a study done by Rose Turner, a graduate student in psychology, investigating the relationship between reading habits and personality types. The main finding (as summarized for the lay public) is that “reading may make us ki...

May 28, 2017

I can’t quite get Alex Tizon’s Atlantic feature, “My Family’s Slave,” out of my mind. It may be a case of unhealthy “compulsion” – as described in Sharon Begley’s recent book on the syndrome, Can’t Just Stop. On the other hand, the article itself is inordinately grippi...

May 26, 2017

Seven years ago, sociologists-turned-education-experts Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa published a book (under the same name) in which they made a startling argument. Unveiling a study involving 2,300 American students, they claimed they had observed very “limited learni...

May 25, 2017

This is the title of a recent NYT article, for those who missed it. It describes in great detail the questionable sales tactics the tech behemoth has used to outmaneuver Microsoft and other competitors and colonize thousands of schools (for example, pitching technology...

May 7, 2017

Children and adolescents now face increasing pressures to boost their academic skills and knowledge. This starts from an ever earlier age, and never seems to cease. Could there be a better – more enjoyable yet productive – way to do it?

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