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Reflections From a One-room Schoolhouse

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 12:20 PM

I built a one-room schoolhouse on 80 acres in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and completed a year of teaching students of various grades and ages in this setting. I have been an educator for over forty years and have experienced almost every teaching situation imaginable; this is yet another...

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Standardized Testing: The Great Deception

(22) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:55 AM

The word "testing" gives many people an uneasy feeling. It evokes nervousness and stress. It forces our minds to think in ways that seek to determine what someone else wants us to know and in what manner we must give it. The thought of testing or thoughts during testing make...

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Reflections on Appropriate Educational Practices for Young Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Throughout the 1960s and '70s many wonderful ideas were emerging regarding how to better educate our children. I was very fortunate to be in teacher education during some of these years. I held these principles dear to my heart and still do. I would like to share some of them...

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Preschool and Pre-K: Are We Sending Our Children to 'School' Too Soon?

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 2:46 PM

At a time in which many people feel our national government should be finding ways to be less involved in education and finding ways to cut spending, we see the opposite unfolding. Pre-K may be expanded and our national debt will drastically increase. It is urgent that we analyze what...

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Beginning a Journey of Rescue

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:24 PM

In my first article, I spoke of a better way for educating our children. I want to begin to look at that now. I have been an educator for over forty years. I have taught almost every grade from kindergarten through college, in a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural...

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Truths About Education That Parents Need to Know

(25) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 10:47 AM

A six-year-old girl is excited about going to her neighborhood school. She was home schooled in kindergarten and now has her new backpack and lunchbox ready for first grade. She can't wait to make new friends, share her love of art, and write stories. After the first day, her only...

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