Finding a Voice: Perspectives on Language Acquisition

How Do We Learn Language? Most new moms and dads know a lot about language acquisition because they witness it first-hand. They can tell you that babies start to babble around six to ten months of age, and that not long afterward they say a few words like “no” or “uh-oh.” At around two years, […]

Family Literacy: Tools that Help Parents Promote Reading in the Home

The Importance of Literacy In the 1991 National Literacy Act, Congress defined literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential.” Two years later […]

Can Learning About the Brain Help Schools?

In the December 1999 Scientific American, the distinguished neuroscientist Antonio Damasio reflected on the current state of his field and looked into the future. He suggested that “more may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990′s—the so-called decade of the brain—than during the entire previous history of psychology and neuroscience.” […]