The short-term academic performance of retained students

In this age of accountability, many school systems have begun to take a tougher line on promotion policy, retaining students who do not make sufficient academic progress, particularly in reading and math. In many cases, the decision to retain a student is based on the student’s performance on high-stakes standardized tests. Research has consistently shown …

Why you haven’t achieved your goals and how to get back on track

I recently read a post in a chat room about a twenty-nine-year-old man, six months shy of his thirtieth birthday, who was lamenting his feelings of failure. He had just started training for a new career and was now intimidated by the task of starting a new path. He further explained that his main complaint …

Piano lessons for adults: why it’s never too late to learn

As we get older, we all regret things we haven’t done and haven’t learned. One of the most common regrets, believe it or not, is never learning to play the piano. Perhaps you started learning as a child, but didn’t stick with your classes beyond the first month or two. Maybe you always wanted to …