I've been noticing that each year the back-to-school craze seems to begin earlier and earlier. Is this because unbeknownst to me (now that my kids are grown) school is starting in July?... Why then, must I be accosted with visions of notebooks and backpacks before I've even made a visit to the beach?
I am not ready, people. Not. Ready. I still have long, lazy days to enjoy, mornings to sleep in, lunches to NOT have to pack and plan.
When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.
If you're not aware of the hottest current digital device debate, you're probably not a parent or an educator.
Seriously? That much physical change has occurred in all four of my (not so) little people? Faces went from kid to teen. Bodies stretched out a few inches. Hair grew. Shapes shifted. And that's just their external selves.
I have the independence parents jones for, the freedom I fleetingly imagined while crossing against speeding traffic on that 18-minute sprint. I've been liberated. It's boundless, new and strange, and I'm completely adrift.
School expenses don't just happen once a year. Even if you checked off every item on your kid's back-to-school shopping list, don't put away your wallet just yet.
Maybe you worry about his ability to find his locker. Is he be able to stop there between classes? You have this image of him carrying all his books around with him all day. You would have heard something by now, right? Well, maybe not exactly.
School is in full swing, which means that at least one group of sixth graders is about to undergo an enormous, transformative experience.
This a story of a mother with two mothers who is raising children with another mother and an ex-partner mother. That's a heck of a lot of mothers! Combine these admittedly confusing family dynamics with the start of the school year and you've got a situation that's complicated at best.
Whether we like to hear it or not, Arabs have much less to lose by reaching out towards peace. They are a minority culture in a Jewish country, and sadly, they are not treated equally.
The primary problem facing public education is the legislated diversion of time, talent and resources to things that do not improve student learning -- a reliance on silver bullet, bumper sticker market driven reform ideas instead of focused, research-based hard work and effort.
Last year I started a few traditions when my oldest started Kindergarten. One was asking the 20 questions below. Although last year we asked these just prior to school start, we finally got around to asking them yesterday.
Children in developing countries rarely acquire the necessary building blocks, and in fact, they typically confront circumstances that serve to inhibit rather than encourage their proper development.
Whether or not professional skills are taught in the class curriculum, students can treat each of their classes like it's their career to get the experiential learning they need to be prepared for the world of work.
"I don't want to go to school" seldom means just that. It is usually the tip of an iceberg. There is either a need that is not being met or a cry for help about something. It is your job as parent to play sleuth and figure it what is really going on.