Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a former English, Latin, and writing teacher. She writes about education and parenting for The New York Times and on her site, Coming of Age in the Middleand is the author of the forthcoming book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. 

The Case for Dedicated Dads

Fathers who get involved in their kids' education have a big effect on the health, academic success, and happiness of their sons and daughters.

This Is Not Your Father's STEM Job

Instead of following traditional paths, women are using their science, technology, engineering, and math degrees to create new careers.

Catching a Cheater Online

What happens after a group of teachers notice a student trying to cheat via Craigslist

Recess Without Rules

A school in New Zealand lets its students do whatever they want during playtime. Are American parents ready to endorse a similar policy here?

Don't Think Too Much After a Concussion

Children take longer to return to full cognitive function after a concussion than adults, and their return to cognitive and physical activity should be gradual

A Classroom Where No One Cheats

A new book says it's possible—but only if teachers get their students to care about learning for learning's sake.