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Daydreaming: A Skill to Help Us Build Our Dreams

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 12.21.2013 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

Our sense of integrity and self-confidence may ultimately depend on how we handle our developing perceptions and ideas.

He Said, She Said: 10 Things We Wish Sex Ed Taught Us

Melissa White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melissa White

"Left to rely on what I heard, I expected to feel something akin to a sonic boom followed by that sparkly thing twilight "vampires" do."

5 Tips for Getting Teens to Read

Varda Epstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Varda Epstein

I can't get my kids to read. They're too busy playing on their computers and hi-tech devices. They read all the time, of course, but they aren't reading BOOKS.

The Real Reasons Children Drop Out of School

Franklin Schargel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Franklin Schargel

I am a professional educator who served as a classroom teacher, school counselor and school administrator in the New York City school system for over 33 years. I believe that there are five major reasons why children leave school.

A Letter to My Son on International Day of the Girl

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Macavinta

What most touched me yesterday, however, was Malala's insistence that boys, our sons and brothers, are her partners in creating an equal world.

'She Could Be Your Daughter' #DayOfTheGirl

Jamira Burley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jamira Burley

The Day of the Girl is a way for everyone to do their part and demand more, so that no classroom door is ever closed on a girl, so that no girl is married off before her 15th birthday and so that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Should Your Child Take the SSAT or ISEE?

Chuck Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Chuck Cohn

When applying to independent schools, you may find yourself swimming in a sea of acronyms and tests. Two tests, inevitably, will stand out: the SSAT and ISEE.

School Janitor Pays Kids To Beat Up Classmate

Posted 10.11.2013 | Crime

This is NOT how parents expects school staff to treat their children. A woman working at Campus Elementary in Grand Rapids, Mich. was fired after ...

The Simple School Project That Sets Kids Free

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

School is in full swing, which means that at least one group of sixth graders is about to undergo an enormous, transformative experience.

Is the Antidote to Burnout Actually Harder Work?

Liz Wiseman | Posted 12.07.2013 | Women
Liz Wiseman

We face a problem of abundance -- too much information, too much to do and too many growing demands on our finite time. Much of the technology that promised to make our lives easier is actually leaving us overwhelmed, exhausted and feeling burnt out.

When Homework Does More Harm than Good

Vicki Abeles | Posted 12.01.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

At screenings of Race to Nowhere in communities across the country, few issues have stirred audience discussion as much as the debate over students' increasingly heavy homework loads.

Coming out of the Haze: How Schools, Parents and Coaches Must Unite to Prevent Hazing

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Nancy Rappaport

With school in session again, hazing has returned to the headlines. Administration, coaches and parents must band together early and often to make an impact.

What Helps Kids Focus Better -- and Why They Need Help

Daniel Goleman | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Daniel Goleman

I saw a group of kids in a fast food joint having lunch. Instead of talking and just having fun together, they were each absorbed in a tablet or smartphone. They may as well have been alone.

How Parents Valuing Education Can Help Students at Home

Chuck Cohn | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Chuck Cohn

There are many methods to demonstrate to your children that you care about their education and to help ensure that they also value it even after they leave the house.

What 'Family Values' Really Look Like in Action

Debra Pickett | Posted 11.24.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

There are things about the safe, rural community where we now live that could not, of course, be replicated in our hometown of Chicago. But there are many, many that could. Quite easily.

Everybody Breathe, Take a Step Back and Relax

Todd Kestin | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Todd Kestin

Relax. There is still plenty of time for students to gain the skills they need for college once they have survived middle school.

The Drownings Will Continue Until Test Scores Improve

Arnold Dodge | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Arnold Dodge

Those who make policy need to immerse themselves -- dare I say in the deep end -- of the literature on motivation, particularly as it relates to learner self-concept.

College Admissions: The One Statistic That Counts

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Khanh Ho

The students I hope to reach have over-worked parents who will in all probability cannot spare the time to read this. Many of these students don't have access to computers. Many of these parents might not even read English.

Early Education: Playing to Win

Helen Blank | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

Several U.S. Senators and Representatives joined a group of children and their parents on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol today to participate in an eye-catching event: playing a spirited game of Chutes and Ladders on a jumbo-sized game board.

How Women In STEM Can Beat Imposter Syndrome

Mari-Louise Ross | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Mari-Louise Ross

Do not believe too strongly in appearances. We are inclined to measure our most insecure side to the most polished outer appearances of others.

Stepdaughter's Mom Is Threatening to Send Her to a Distant School

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

13-year-olds are reluctant to confide in their parents. One of the benefits of being a "bonus parent" is that you can act as a sounding board for your stepdaughter to talk freely about the things she's struggling to sort out.

Making Children a Priority on Grandparents Day and Every Day

Dr. Joan Lombardi | Posted 11.09.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Joan Lombardi

The fact that 57,000 children will be denied access to Head Start this year should worry everyone. Because we cannot win the future without ensuring that every child reaches his or her full potential.

How Teachers Can Help Create Cyber-Shields for Their Students

Sue Scheff | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Today's youth are inseparable from their smartphones, computers and social networks. When our kids, especially teens, spread their wings into the world of social media, it's important for them to understand how to be upstanding digital citizens.

Starting Out: Hope for a New Generation

Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson

The first day of school is hardly the last time I will be reminded of what I want most for my sons. But it is an important milestone that helps me also reflect on what I want most for our world.

The Secret to Raising a Resilient Child

Renee Jain | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Renee Jain

Our natural instinct as teachers, parents and caretakers is to protect children from hardship, yet we know walking between the raindrops of adversity is not possible. Instead of sidestepping challenge, we can teach kids to cope positively, to learn and grow from adversity.