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Does Your Child Need To See A Psychologist?

The answer to the question of whether or not your child needs to see a psychologist is simple: yes –– and so do you. Surprised? Sure, I could be wrong. You may be perfect and your child may be perfect, as well. But that is obviously unlikely. A licensed child and adolescent psychologist can give […]

College and Mr. Gates

 COLLEGE AND MR. GATES In his June 3, 2015 blog, Bill Gates asks students to do something he never did: graduate from college. Gates is a college dropout but believes he “got lucky.” He complains that enrollment in postsecondary programs has grown by over 50% in the past 25 years, but not enough people are […]

Emily’s World — how fear of the truth can destroy our children

I worked with many teens in my 30 years of psychological practice. The parents would bring their teen to my office, believing the youngster needed counseling for behavior or attitudinal problems. Invariably, the parents wondered what they had done wrong, but in many cases the difficulties and heartbreak stemmed from the school environment rather than […]

Real School Reform — Who Will Pay For It?

In previous articles I described how my research into the structure of our K-12 school system resulted in a realistic and workable reform that can succeed. (The Elephant in the Classroom). Because of the availability of alternative public school programs such as magnet schools and charters, along with parent access to private schools through vouchers […]

Stay in school, kids —– NONSENSE!

An article in the Tampa Bay Times, April 9, 2015, urges kids to stay in school. This seems like common sense advice, but what does it really mean? The author, Matt O’Brien of the Washington Post, makes the point that rocket scientists make more money than burger-flippers, and therefore kids should stay in school. There […]

Does “Elephant” school reform research support liberals or conservatives?

When I initiated research which would culminate in the report, The Elephant in the Classroom, I didn’t worry about politics, but thought the best approach was to follow the research and see where it led. But as I review the report now, I realize that both liberals and conservatives may use parts of these research data […]

Stop Bickering, Public School Critics, the Problem is Solved — Almost!

The enormous problem of America’s under performing schools is solved? You, the reader, are probably thinking that this historic solution, if it really exists, resulted from breakthroughs in technology. All those marvelous apps, whiteboards, and computers are turning the tide against defective schools. Nope, that’s not it. How about school choice, vouchers and charter schools? […]

Emily’s World — how fear of the truth can destroy our children

I worked with many teens in my 30 years of psychological practice. The parents would bring their teen to my office, believing the youngster needed counseling for behavior or attitudinal problems. Invariably, the parents wondered what they had done wrong, but in many cases the difficulties and heartbreak stemmed from the school environment rather than […]

Hispanic fourth graders in Florida do better

Sometimes ideas that make sense are not scientifically valid. Here is an example: Hispanic fourth graders did better on fourth grade reading tests than Hispanics in any other state. Does this mean Florida’s high-stakes testing and no child left behind programs are working? Politifact pointed out in theTampa Bay Times on February 16, 2015, that another […]

Your child: college or career?

What if your child has the academic ability, self-control and motivation necessary for college, but is tempted to pursue career training? Which way to go? Your child may be able to do both, regardless of where he/she begins, but students with very high academic ability will probably benefit the most and contribute more to society […]

Is college where the money is?

Research shows that with the exception of vocational type college majors such as engineering, accounting and finance, career students probably do as well or better than average college grads — those majoring in the humanities and other liberal arts areas such as sociology. And engineering is not for everyone. Only the top 5% or 10% […]

Your child needs help in college

Does your child need special help in college? If so, there could be many reasons, including poor high school preparation, learning disabilities, etc. Research, and my personal experience working with children for 30 years, puts poor preparation at the top of the list. Why would this be? College-bound high school students are often “creamed off” […]