It's Time to Tell the Truth About Standardized Testing

Yesterday, the news broke that eleven teachers in Atlanta were convicted of racketeering in a cheating scandal. The teachers and administrators had changed test answers on state standardized testing to improve the outcomes of district test results in order to boost the district's overall rating, to keep their jobs and also for personal gain (as some performance based bonuses were tied to test results).  ...more

Sweet Briar College Closing: Is It Taking Liberal Arts With It?

Girls at Virginia’s small all-female Sweet Briar College will spend the next two months waking up to the sickening realization that they haven’t been dreaming.On Tuesday, March 3, SBC’s president announced that the century-old liberal arts institution will be closing up shop, effective immediately. The school, which is located in a rural area near Lynchburg, is citing “insurmountable financial challenges” as the reason for the closure....more

School: Our Multi-Generational Struggle

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” -Margaret Mead...more

Why I Think We SHOULD Teach Cursive in Schools

Recently, during one of our many random conversations, I mentioned to hubby how disappointed I was that cursive is no longer being taught in schools.  He expressed disbelief, but I could recall a controversy about the cursive thing (or lack thereof) a couple years ago.  I did a little internet search today and voila– plenty of articles popped up from 2013-14 when the news broke that the Common Core would no longer mandate teaching penmanship in elementary school....more

Expanding Horizons - Learning Family Style

Every parent worries about their child’s education. We all want to know if our child is headed for a better life than the one we have. We want the very best for them. We hope they will be able to find a career they love, be promoted to CEO and have the perfect wife and lots of grandkids for us to love on....more

The Kindergarten Defense

A few days ago something happened that made me laugh and gasp all in the same breath. A kindergarten-teacher in Ankeny, Iowa got arrested at school for being drunk. According to the reports, a parent helping with the Valentine’s Day hoopla saw her with a can of beer. She was removed from the classroom and given a breathalyzer by police. Upon searching her classroom a bag with 2 empty beer cans and 4 full cans were found....more

Looking for a few good role models

 The New York Times reported Feb. 6, 2015 that parents, teachers and toy-makers discourage girls from getting into math and science. I never saw myself as being particularly good in either subject and I try not to relay this to my daughter Torie. But I’ve been able to follow her fourth-grade assignments so far. Phew!...more

An introvert in the classroom

 Stock photo used with permission.Last night when I rolled in near 9:30, it ...more

5 Reasons You Should Hug a Preschool Teacher

Currently, I am doing some part-time substitute teaching in a preschool classroom, which is a fairly new experience for me. Though I was a teacher once upon a time, I worked with high school and middle school students. So we are talking about pretty much the entire opposite end of the spectrum here. I always used to think I didn't I have the special kind of patience required to be a preschool teacher. Older kids don't need the same type of refined discipline and meticulously crafted rules as the little guys. I mean, that attention to detail is exhausting....more
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