Category Archives: Brain Development

What is Brain Development? According to Joan Stiles and Terry L. Jernigan in The Basics of Brain DevelopmentHuman brain development is a protracted process that begins in the third gestational week (GW) with the differentiation of the neural progenitor cells and extends at least through late adolescence, arguably throughout the lifespan. The processes that contribute to brain development range from the molecular events of gene expression to environmental input.

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Imagination and Education

The MIND. Engage imagination before opening. To maximize academic performance, academics must be taught as a subset of the larger project of maximizing mental capacity. For both, imagination is essential.  When you watch children at work and play, you see … Continue reading

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Schoolyard Nastiness and Anti-Tyranny Training

I, too, despair at watching my president stoop to schoolyard nastiness. —David Leonhardt, New York Times, June 30, 2017 Schoolyard Nastiness! Why do we take it for granted? And why do we expect the adults in our government to behave … Continue reading

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Educating the Whole Brain

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of genius in each.—Plato Second grader … Continue reading

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Leading Your Life by Creating Great Moments

Last Friday, the results of my PET scan revealed that the three metastases in my lungs and the one in my liver are gone. Gone! Nivolumab administered intravenously every two weeks seems to be working. My loved ones are breathing … Continue reading

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“Not Yet Dead”

For the last quarter-century it has been my spiritual practice to get up before dawn and write. It connects my dreams with the rest of the world. I start writing what I think I know, and in the process, connect … Continue reading

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