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Fall 2014

Wise Words


Image of head split into star“The science makes it more difficult to walk away.”
Professor Jack Shonkoff stressing that we can no longer ignore childhood neglect knowing the havoc it wreaks on the developing brain. (WBUR)

“As we excavate the layers of our former life, we must clear a space, by getting rid of the baggage that has weighed us down.”
Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Ed.D.’72, writing in a first-person piece about downsizing our lives and about thinking of the process in a more positive, creative way.  (The Wall Street Journal)

“I think a lot of mistakes are made by schools thinking that technology is the solution when they haven’t clearly defined the problem.”
Professor David Rose when asked what advice he would give to educators interested in using more multimedia or digital tools to cater to individual students’ needs. He said to start by asking what your goals are. (Education Week)

“There’s nothing really beyond that.”
Assistant Professor Robert Gonzales on how the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program, launched two years ago, has helped many young immigrants. Unfortunately, many policies — like the inability to get financial aid — continue to hold them back as they become young adults. (Arizona Star)

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“This case is saying you have to have equally good teachers to have equally good opportunity.”
Dean James Ryan comparing the ruling in Vergara v. California, which stated that the state’s strong teacher tenure laws were unconstitutional, to school finance reform, which said you had to have equal resources in order to have equal educational opportunity. (TIME magazine)

“We need to take a hard look at the messages we’re sending to children.”
Lecturer Rick Weissbourd, Ed.D.’87, commenting on his new study that found that middle and high school students care more about personal achievement and being happy than caring for others. (The Atlantic)