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Asking Our Way to Education Solutions

Byron Garrett | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

These are challenging times and I think we can all agree that there should be more hours in the day. Work, commuting, errands, cooking, staying on top...

The State of Education Is Not Strong

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Laurie Levy

My fourth grade granddaughter recently asked me what I was thinking to write for my next blog post. She has strong opinions and great suggestions, so I turned the question back to her, and she told me that even with an excellent and innovative teacher that she loves, it is hard to stay focused on the work all day.

The Great Homework Debate

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.28.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

Where did we ever get the idea that sending home a weekly packet, starting in kindergarten in some schools, accomplishes anything beyond turning curious and enthusiastic children into homework haters for life?

The Christmas Homework

Sue Gober | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Sue Gober

My assignment for the 2015 Christmas season to you is this: Find a Christmas object and DON'T pack it up or put it away. Keep it out front where you will see it every day to remind you of the birth of our Savior. Just don't let it get lost in the mundane clutter of life like I did. This is the best gift you can give yourself this year.

Take Homework Offline

Carl Marziali | Posted 12.01.2015 | Education
Carl Marziali

Schools are sending kids to the most distracting medium ever invented. Parents have no way to know if their children are working or playing in one of a dozen windows. An assignment that should take one hour may stretch to two or three.

Homework Is Out, Grades are Up

NationSwell | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact

Flipping a classroom essentially turns the typical school day on its head. Students receive video lessons online at home and do their homework during class, freeing up time so they can receive more one-on-one help from their teacher.

Does Your Kid's Media Diet Matter?

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.04.2015 | Media
Jim Steyer

It is no secret that we live in a media-saturated world -- what we don't know enough about, is how different types of media and media content shape our kids decisions, outlook on major life issues and more.

Part II of the Homework Series: The Teacher View on Homework

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Hepburn

In part one of this series, parents shared their concerns and challenges with homework. In this portion professor Brooke Muntean, Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, and third grade teacher Sarah Kingcaide* give their perspectives on homework and some possible solutions when it becomes too much.

Whose Homework Is It, Anyway? How Parents Can Help, Not Hinder, Their Child's Success

Tamar Chansky | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

With parents at the helm, kids aren't learning how to learn, at best they're learning how to get the right answer and in many cases may be led astray by parents -- however well meaning -- who don't understand the work. The conclusion? Parental engagement in children's education has no appreciable impact on their success in school.

Permission for Moms to Do Less

Lisa Cavallaro | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Lisa Cavallaro

Are we doing our kids justice when we do things for them that we could actually teach them how to do instead? I'm not sure who to give credit to because so many have said this and it feels so true.

Take the Lid Off

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 10.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

Lately, I feel like a flea. No, I don't mean Red Hot Chili Pepper's lead singer, Flea. I mean fleas in a jar who have been trained to only jump as h...

Part I of the Homework Series: The Struggle Is Real

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Hepburn

This is pretty much how every single homework experience has gone since she started getting homework in kindergarten. Somehow, the prospect of homework liquefies my daughter's body and she melts into a puddle onto the floor.

How to Give a Crap About Homework

Beth Weissenberger | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Beth Weissenberger

It's that time again - either you or your kids are back at school, and that means dealing with homework. Or maybe your version of homework is that project at work you've been blowing off, or that long list of chores and home repairs that has been gathering dust in the back of your mind.

Is Your Child Avoiding School?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

When kids are asked, "How was school today?" or "How was your day today?" some kids don't answer at all or gratuitously give a shrug. Other kids gaily mention at least one thing they did which they enjoyed. What do we do with the kids with the shrug?

Homework and Testing -- Make the Madness Stop

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

It is time to push back. It's time for parents and school administrators to form a united front against a well-intentioned but woefully misinformed government that is forcing curriculum and standardized testing on our kids.

Back to School Sucks!

Elisha Wilson Beach | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Elisha Wilson Beach

My Facebook feed is filled with parents celebrating back to school and here I am feeling like I just received a sentence to 9 months of torture. I can't be the only parent that feels this way?!?! No offense to all the hard working teachers, school administrators but frankly, back to school sucks!

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader in Common Core Math?

Janine Huldie | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Janine Huldie

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with kids being challenged a bit, but this goes beyond challenging our kids. Let's face it, most (kids and parents included) would honestly tell you that math is too hard for them, boring or just not their thing.

In Defense Of The Reading Log

Leah Singer | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Leah Singer

The reading logs are especially important for those kids who do not opt to read on their own, yet still need nightly practice.

Sometimes We Skip Homework

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 09.13.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Generally, whenever we don't have time to complete our homework, I am bombarded by an unpleasant cocktail of emotions: guilt, irritation, anxiety, frustration. That's right: I, a 37-year-old mother, felt overwhelmed and resentful about our third grade homework load. That's just not right.

Back to School: I'm Not Ready! Wait, Yes I Am. No, I'm Not!

Lynn LaPlante Allaway | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Lynn LaPlante Allaway

I guess I just hate handing over the reigns of my kids to someone or something else. But at the same time, I am also out of ideas of how to entertain all of us and how to keep one step ahead of FEMA declaring my home a disaster site.

The Real Reason Why This Mom Hates Homework

Joy Page Manuel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Joy Page Manuel

I hate homework because it brings out that side of me I swore I'd never be as a parent. It brings out nothing but ambivalence in me as I do the dance of balancing involvement or support with trying to teach my child accountability, autonomy and self-discipline while still have him excel in all that he does.

How The Learning Habit Is Changing American Homework

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Books such as The Learning Habit by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and the research behind them, are inspiring parents to take a look at the conventional wisdom behind giving children unlimited amounts of time to complete homework assignments.

5 Back-to-School Brain Boosters

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Although many schools do give homework to keep the mind working during the off months and many parents practice educational activities at home with their children, there's nothing like a little priming to ease back into a heavy, weekly academic regimen.

Some Kids Have Three Times The Suggested Amount Of Homework, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents

Academic studies can be fascinating... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you.&n...

Rocket Math

Gina Sampaio | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Gina Sampaio

So, uh . . . you got kids? Do they go to school? Are they old enough to have homework? Do they have . . . Rocket Math? Or Mad Minutes? Or some other kind of name that attempts to disguise a timed (read: stressful for some kids) at-home math test as a super fun game??