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HGSE in the Media: March 2013

Below, you will find appearances by members of the HGSE community, as well as HGSE research projects and initiatives, in the national press — both traditional and online.

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Todd Rose - photo by Patricia SaxlerDropout at Harvard Boston Globe, March 31, 2013
"'We have a society based on a myth that has put us in this self-imposed death spiral, and that is this myth of the average,' says [Lecturer Todd] Rose.... 'If you take a kid like me — I was a little more impulsive, a little overactive — how in the world that should be a predictor of failure is beyond me.... When we create rigid environments that teach to the average, everyone loses.'"

Is Quality Pre-Kindergarten the Key to a Better Vocabulary? Time, March 28, 2013
"[Alum Christina] Weiland and co-author [Professor] Hiro Yoshikawa studied two groups of more than 2,000 preschoolers ... . In Boston, public preschool is available is open to any child, regardless of income; Massachusetts is one of eight or so states that don’t use income limits when determining eligibility. ... 'If you have classmates you have stronger vocabulary skills, research has showed that there is a peer effect,' says Weiland. 'Kids with stronger skills can also help motivate teachers.'"

Quality Preschool Benefits Poor and Affluent Kids, Study Finds NBC News, March 28, 2013
"While most previous studies had focused only on kids from underprivileged backgrounds, in the new study Harvard researchers found that regardless of family income children who got a year of quality prekindergarten did better in reading and math than kids who spent the year in daycare, with relatives, or in some other kind of preschool, according to the report which was published in Child Development. "

San Diego Superintendent Pick Has Deep Parent Ties Education Week, March 27, 2013
"'This is a [superintendency] we'll probably be watching throughout the nation,' [Senior Lecturer Deborah Jewell-Sherman] said. 'Part of me is tickled to death. If people who have no concept of teaching and learning can step into the role, she's going to be able to show all of us just what an elementary school principal can do.'"

Studies Hope to Show the Emotional Toll on Children of Undocumented Immigrants NBC News, March 25, 2013
"[Professor] Hirokazu Yoshikawa, the academic dean at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Immigrants Raising Citizens, points out that the current debate almost completely ignores children. 'Having a parent who lives in the shadows harms development from early childhood to adulthood,' he says. 'The earliest effects are cognitive in early childhood and show as early as two or three years old.'"

Further Response to Diane Ravitch on Common Core Education Week, March 20, 2013
"While acknowledging that Hiebert and others had challenged the elementary school standards, [Professor Catherine] Snow pointed out that the standards 'were discussed, adapted, modified, commented on and ultimately approved by a large and varied group that included experts in literacy and language development.'"

The Global Search for Education: A Question of Privacy The Huffington Post, March 18, 2013
An interview with Professor Howard Gardner about the Harvard University investigators search for information related to a leak about the University's cheating scandal in which about half the students in an undergraduate spring class called Introduction to Congress were thought to have been involved.

It's Working 'Parents,' Not Just Mothers CNN, March 15, 2013
"Today, we are bombarded with the message that raising children is solely a mother's job. When women are pregnant, people ask them, but not the fathers of their children, whether they plan to return to work. When couples shop for baby products, they discover packaging and advertisements featuring mothers with children, not fathers with children or couples with children. When they watch television programs, even Modern Family, they find stay-at-home mothers and employed fathers. Not very modern. Or perhaps it is modern, and that's the problem," writes Dean Kathleen McCartney.

Harvard Email Scandal: A Sacred Bond Of Trust Has Been Broken WBUR, March 13, 2013
"Over the weekend, the Boston Globe broke a story about how, in the wake of a cheating scandal at Harvard College, email accounts of resident deans were surreptitiously opened by the central administration. ... On the surface, a small event — a single email passed on from dean to student. Yet in this seemingly isolated incident lurk important issues about what it means to be an educational community and, more broadly, about the way in which American colleges and universities are likely to be regarded in the future," writes Professor Howard Gardner.

Exit This Way: An Interview with Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Los Angeles Book Review, March 11, 2013
"The recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1984, [Professor Sara] Lawrence-Lightfoot has been on the faculty of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education since 1972, and she will be the first African-American woman in Harvard’s history to have an endowed chair in her name — upon her retirement in four years. Perhaps in anticipation of that moment, her most recent book, Exit: The Endings that Set Us Free, is an elegant examination of how our culture exalts beginnings at the expense of proper goodbyes."

Schoolyard Scourge Harvard Gazette, March 5, 2013
"Authors Emily Bazelon and R.J. Palacio on Monday joined Richard Weissbourd, director of the Human Development and Psychology Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, at Longfellow Hall to trade ideas about ending bullying at U.S. schools."