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Publishing in Science, Gormley et al. compared the benefits of Oklahoma’s TPS pre-K program to Head Start. Conclusion: preschool matters in cognitive development. Early childhood education programs in the United States face enormous challenges. The overwhelming majority of Head Start program participants are poor, and many Head Start children face additional risk factors, such as…

The Best Way to Study: Practice Tests

I remember when I was studying for Step I of the medical Boards. Step I is the first of three very large tests that you have to take to become a doctor. This first test comprises everything you learn in the first two years of medical school, and it can in theory include the pathology…

No more cooties in the classroom!

From my hometown paper, the one and only New Orleans Times Picayune. Deion Dedeaux sensed that sixth grade at Martin Behrman Elementary in New Orleans would be full of possibilities. A new school. A chance to improve his grades. A teacher who seemed like a father. And no girls. “You know girls,” Deion said. “They…

Paul Tough, writing in the NYTimes, has an excellent long article about the challenges in teaching underprivileged and minority children. I was talking to my parents about this issue over break. I am from Denver — though I went to school in a relatively affluent suburb. In the Denver schools, the majority of students are…