You Can Offer A Kid An Education, But You Can’t Make Him Care

by Michael F. Mascolo, Ph.D. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. This is a time honored adage, to be sure. For years, I’ve heard variants of it from secondary school teachers and college professors alike. You can make students come to class, but you can’t make them care about their learning. We offer incentives (grades) to students for completing their work and for doing their best work. I often wonder what would happen if we graded students on how much they … [Read more...]

Helping Children Cope With Tragedy

by Suzanne Provencher, Publisher Publisher’s Note: The core content for this issue was written before the Boston Marathon bombings and the week of terror that followed. Our prayers go out to the victims, their families and to all who were impacted by and who witnessed this horror. Our sincere thanks go out to the first responders, law enforcement, the medical community, helpful citizens, our leaders and the many heroes who emerged in real life during this unimaginable time in our lives. And … [Read more...]

When Movie Violence Harms, When Movie Violence Moves

I used to enjoy watching the television program, Law & Order. Its formula was a winning one. The first half of the hour-long show was devoted to the story of police detectives ferreting out criminals for prosecution; the second part told the stories of how the district attorney’s office worked to prosecute the criminals. There was violence on this show; sometimes it crossed the line into gratuitous violence. The show generated a series of different spin-offs. While it followed the same … [Read more...]