Mary Brabeck, dean of New York University's Steinhardt school of culture, education and human development, describes the value of applying recent scientific discoveries to the classroom. "In education, not unlike medicine, vital knowledge too often remains with the researchers and is unavailable to the professionals who are in positions to help children and youths -- that is, the teachers," she writes. "The federal government and higher education need to apply the same urgency of concern to this area that they do to making basic science research available to health practitioners."

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