All posts in "Education"

Sometimes you just have to dance

By Cathryn Wellner / November 25, 2015

Pharrell was doing a show in Leeds, singing his popular “Happy” song. He invited kids to dance on stage with him. 7-year-old Dylan didn’t hesitate. While the other kids jumped around with enthusiasm, Dylan totally cut loose, to the cheers of his proud dad, Pharrell’s amazement, and the enthusiasm of the audience. Dylan is one […]


At 102 Inge Rapoport earns doctorate denied by Nazis

By Cathryn Wellner / October 19, 2015

Inge Syllm-Rapoport is one of the most inspiring examples of feisty aging I have ever come across. She completed her medical studies in 1937, just in time for Hitler’s anti-Semitic laws (her mother was Jewish) to prevent her from taking the doctoral exam. The following year she emigrated to the U.S., where she achieved her […]


Mindfulness for children

By Cathryn Wellner / October 2, 2015

When Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman overheard their 5-year-old son talking about things like the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex and how they were affected by emotions, they wanted to know more. The Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista, California was teaching the children mindfulness. It was making a difference. You […]


A most compassionate child

By Cathryn Wellner / September 28, 2015

This three-year-old child does not want to eat the deep-fried octopus on his plate. Each question he asks moves him and his mother deeper into his ethical dilemma: He does not want animals killed so he can eat them. The octopus is an animal. So are chickens and cows and pigs. He insists humans must […]


Kindergarten for the real child

By Cathryn Wellner / September 23, 2015

Real children do not sit in rows or at work stations, at least not for long. They jump up, run around, tumble, laugh and explore. Architect Takaharu Tezuka designed a kindergarten for real children. It is a big circle where children can rum and jump, climb trees, hang their legs out over space, move cubes […]


Singapore’s pint-sized superheroes

By Cathryn Wellner / September 7, 2015

A Singapore pre-school is churning out pint-sized superheroes, all of them from disadvantaged families. When it comes time to graduate from their beloved school, these children have a unique graduation ceremony. Instead of parading in mortarboards, they don the costumes they have designed and announce their special powers. Superhero Me sends them out into the […]


The world’s improving in many ways, and he can prove it

By Cathryn Wellner / August 28, 2015

Don’t take my word for it. We have a lot to be optimistic about. So on days when worries about the state of the world are bringing down your spirits, head over to Max Rosen’s Our World in Data or check out his Facebook and Twitter streams. The Oxford economist provides data on the big […]


Toddlers and oldsters play together in this care center

By Cathryn Wellner / August 26, 2015

Homes for the frail elderly can be some of the most depressing places on the planet, though residents like my Aunt Grace (Is your door open? I need to talk) brighten the lives of those consigned there. Splitting old people off from the rest of society may be convenient, but it is no better practice […]


Vending machines offer free books

By Cathryn Wellner / August 12, 2015

JetBlue and Random House are not the first to offer books through vending machines. John Geoghegan wrote A Brief History of Book Vending Machines for Huffington Post. In it he described the generally unsuccessful efforts to sell books that way. Some libraries have tried it as well, making it easy to borrow books in such […]

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