Anyone who read the recent front page New York Times article by Alan Schwarz, “Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill,” (June 10, 2012) regarding the use of stimulants by teens to improve their test scores, has to be concerned about the well being of our youth and the factors which lead to such behavior. And to better understand the science behind our natural response to intense pressure and anxiety, one need go no further than an article in that same publication’s “Review” section by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, a cardiology professor at U.C.L.A., and writer Kathryn Bowers. Their piece, “Our Animal Natures,” examines human medicine as it relates to the animal kingdom.
posted at 1:29pm on June 20, 2012
Experiencing the arts is much more than a luxury. Arts education is an integral part of a child’s growth and the appreciation of literature, music, dance and painting enriches young lives. All kids should have access to great art – whether on a canvas, between a book jacket or on stage. Ultimately, by coming into contact with art, children grow to be more curious, more creative and more innovative in whatever they chose to do with their lives.
posted at 4:44pm on February 17, 2012
Yesterday, I watched a little girl (about two years of age) at CMOM gazing at her older brother (seven years old) playing with the vegetable conveyor belt in our new EatSleepPlay™ exhibition. The older child was working away, loading the veggies onto the conveyor belt, telling his Mom the name of each vegetable. The little girl (who was virtually invisible to her brother) was mesmerized by his actions. Finally, she picked up a vegetable and handed it to him to put on the conveyor.
posted at 5:04pm on February 10, 2012