Author Archives: David


A student is caught texting during an exam, a clear violation of the honor code at her high school. The teacher looks at the student’s phone. Who is on the other side of the conversation? Who is supplying the answers to the test? Another ethically challenged student? No. The answers are coming from mom. At…Read the full article

The Power of Forgetting and an Introduction to Procrastinators Anonymous

Nobody ever, having just given birth, started talking about subsequent labor to produce siblings for the newborn. “I’ll never do this again” or the less articulate “You’ll never touch me again” are more often heard in labor and delivery. A big head relative to birth canal size may be an adaptive advantage, but the mother…Read the full article

Dumb or Easy Versus Smart or Tough

My students, when telling me about classes in which they’ve done well, frequently say, “But that class was easy.” Interestingly, more young women than young men suggest that they’ve done well academically only because their classes weren’t that challenging. I don’t think these 11th grade girls are being falsely modest. I think they have internalized…Read the full article

I Just Read about a Man…

“Mom? It’s me, Joel. Yes, everything’s fine. The kids are great. They’re looking forward to seeing you when you come up next month. What’s that? Yes, my practice is fine. Thanks for asking. Removed three gall bladders on Wednesday. What? No, arthroscopic. It’s called arthroscopic surgery. Yes, I think all the patients were covered by…Read the full article

The “Ifs,” the “If Onlies” and the Firing Squad

The “Ifs” “Daddy, if we had a bigger back yard, could we have a pony?” “Yes, dear, in the sense that if your father had wheels, he could be a trolley car.” — “If I put down on my college application that I am an under-represented minority, would it improve my chances of being admitted?”…Read the full article