If taught young, self-control skills can have strong protective effects, even helping those whose vulnerabilities might make them more likely to fall behind economically. That’s according to Walter Mischel, author of “The Marshmallow Test,” in part four of his conversation with Paul Solman. Continue reading
A study found that self-control at age 3 predicts financial competence in adulthood. But does that finding make researchers fatalistically depressed or tremendously encouraged? Continue reading
As part of his continuing coverage of Making Sen$e of financial news, business correspondent Paul Solman reports on how “Sesame Street” friends Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster are teaching children smart ways to save and spend money — and how many adults could use a refresher on the basics of saving for the future. Continue reading
In “Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale,” a simple trip to the laundromat gone awry provides plenty of dramatic and comedic material for a 31-page picture book. But is it enough to support a 45-minute musical? That was the challenge for author, illustrator, and now playwright, Mo Willems, whose very popular children’s book has just been transformed into a stage performance at the Kennedy Center.
On the 40th anniversary of ‘Sesame Street,” Jeffrey Brown explores how the classic PBS program has helped shape childhood education in the United States and around the world. Continue reading