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On character formation in early childhood.

What do we mean by Character?

Character Matters Educational journalist Paul Tough has written an important book on education, early childhood, and character called How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. It appears on my recommended reading list. Tough makes a compelling case for the role of early experiences in forming character, which in turn powerfully shapes children’s educational and vocational prospects. ... Read More »

The Economist: In the Beginning Was the Word

The Economist Gets it Right “Pre-school programmes are known to develop children’s numeracy, social skills and (as the term “pre-school” suggests) readiness for school. But they do not deal with the gap in much earlier in development . . . And it is this gap, more than a year’s pre-schooling at age four, which seems to determine a child’s chances ... Read More »

The Accident of Birth Fallacy

In his State of the Union address, President Obama referred to “the accident of birth” referring to the circumstances into which a particular human being is born. That phrase has entered common usage to refer to the disparity of opportunities experienced by children. It should, however, be abandoned because it does not do justice to the particularities that make us ... Read More »

Hurricane Illegitimacy and Institutional Illegitimacy

Hurricane Illegitimacy and Institutional Illegitimacy

How often is it that you have an African American sports writer for ESPN write a powerful article on the preservation and restoration of the traditional family unit? Jason Whitlock has provided this in taking Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant’s recent temper tantrums as a springboard to name and shame ‘Hurricane Illegitimacy.’ ESPN’s Jason Whitlock on Hurricane Illegitimacy Whitlock ... Read More »

Family harms or aids social mobility

Family harms or aids social mobility

“The dissolution of the black family may do more harm to black mobility than any other single factor.” This is the conclusion of The Economist, surveying the changes that have happened in the 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream speech.” Perhaps the most famous words of a speech in the twentieth century come ... Read More »

Where’s all the content?!

Where’s all the content?!

One of the perks of being a full-time dad is that I don’t sit in front of a computer all day. So you won’t be bombarded with posts! You can expect to see a new post on the power of early parenting once a week (and sometimes more). You can subscribe by email or RSS. But that doesn’t mean I ... Read More »

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