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How to Be a Conscious Parent -- It's Not What You Expect

Brian Leaf | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

Relax, I'm not going to tell you to savor every parenting moment. In fact, I'd say if you're savoring 25 to 30 percent of the moments, you're nearing Zen monk status. What I do have for you, though, are the following six sure-fire ways to boost your conscious parenting chops.

Myths of Spoiled Children and Other Things

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

We love to hold fast to our points of view without regard to evidence to the contrary. This is particularly the case in so-called educational reform, where most of the prescriptions for what ails education are based on assumptions that are simply not true.

Should Parents Praise Their Children?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Children need praise, just as we all do. Especially, our children need to know that we are proud of them. A child's inner certainty that her parents are proud of her is a sustaining influence throughout her life -- a deep and lasting form of emotional support.

Are Our Children Overpraised?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Children need praise. We all do. From early in life, children look to us for praise and approval, and to share moments of pride.

Mission Accomplished!

Gary Stager | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

While Accelerated Reader suggests that it inspires literacy habits, its primary customer is the bureaucrat impressed by the marketing slogan, "Advanced Technology for Data-Driven Schools."

Dear Ed Schultz

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We could really use your help, Ed. The battle between Chester Upland School District and Gov. Corbett is just a glimpse into the strategic dismantling taking place across the entirety of the American public school system.

How to Teach Children to Lose by Winning

Peter Block | Posted 02.07.2012 | Parents
Peter Block

Whether playing or watching sports, the name of the game is the same: who wins?

If My Child Doesn't Get Graded, How Will I Know I'm A Good Parent?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

The grades our children bring home are one of the few measures we get -- or so it can sometime seem -- of how we parents are doing. That explains why too many of us become too invested.

WATCH: 'No Homework' Debate Finds Support In New Jersey

Posted 07.30.2011 | Education

Children in some New Jersey school districts may soon be living nearly every student's dream: No more homework on the weekends. Based on research, p...

Education DEFORM and Media Hearing Loss

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

I'm convinced that unless something changes dramatically, the end of public education in America is inevitable.

Wanna be a School Reformer? You Better do Your Homework!

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Shouldn't people bold enough to call themselves "school reformers" be familiar with some of the literature on the subject?

What Passes for School Reform: "Value-Added" Teacher Evaluation and Other Absurdities

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfie Kohn

Does the value-added model provide valid and reliable information about teachers (and schools)? Most experts in the field of educational assessment say, Good heavens, no.

Obama Practices Social Promotion

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Stager

The "end of social promotion" has caused tens of thousands of kids as young as 3rd grade to be left-back, despite overwhelming evidence that this... children and increases the drop-out rate.