Here’s some science news on brain research that is relevant to educators when we are working with children. I can’t stress enough how important it is that we continue to work with the whole child and not be distracted by curriculum and standards. In the end, it is the emotionally proficient individual who will be successful in life. I fear that the present reform movement with its emphasis on Common Core Standards and constant assessment of progress is going to undermine the social, emotional, and multiple intelligences development of our children. Standardization and assessment have their place in education, but these are far from the whole enchilada! Children are not widgets, they are human beings!