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12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

How To Talk To Your Kids About Math (And Why You Need To)

Oscar Fernandez | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Oscar Fernandez

There's a way that we parents can dispel the myth that only smart people do math. And there's also a way that we parents can combat math phobia. The approach requires work on the part of the parent, but hey, what part of parenting doesn't? Here's what I have in mind.

Stay Angry

Larry Strauss | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
Larry Strauss

We are angry. A lot of people are angry. But the anger is a symptom. A symptom of something larger. A symptom of an education system for which no one feels accountable, a symptom of a society that is mostly indifferent to the children we serve.

Bullying -- What's the Problem?

Eva Papp | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Eva Papp

Our schools can foster a culture of bullying, or a culture of respect. Fostering a culture of respect doesn't happen accidentally; it takes determined and consistent effort.

Congressional Education Reauthorization: Urgent Need for School Leadership Academy Program

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

If America is serious about effectively educating the millions of disadvantaged children in its lowest-achieving schools, it must transform these schools so that they engage their students' interests and effectively teach them a challenging curriculum.

The Award-Winning Program That's Kept 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets

NationSwell | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Workshop Houston, which has been running for more than a decade, has helped approximately 1,000 students in a neighborhood where extracurricular activities are sparse and one in four families live below the poverty line.

An Apology To My Daughter's Teacher

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 03.12.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

She may not hit, but she hits with words. In a sea of happy face stickers and bright blue stars, my daughter did not earn a reward from you today.

When Combating the Bully, Our Hands Aren't Tied

Lain Hensley | Posted 03.12.2015 | Education
Lain Hensley

The ugly truth is that bullying has gone too far and we all need to step up and do our part to make a difference. But the good news is, with a little effort, we can all look around and do something to help.

Rejections Or Wait Lists -- What To Do?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

After the time-consuming process of researching, visiting and interviewing at many NYC private schools, nothing is more disappointing than receiving a rejection or wait list letter. What should you do now?

The 15 Stages Every Parent Goes Through When Dragging Teens Out Of Bed In The Morning

Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents

Besides running a marathon uphill, completing a Rubik’s cube in 60 seconds flat, and preparing a five-course dinner for you and 20 of your closest f...

The Power of Youth Voice

John Gomperts | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
John Gomperts

Youth voice has always been vital to social and political change in America. From the civil rights marches in Selma that we remember this month to recent presidential elections, youth voice has the power to change the course of the nation.

I Will Not Let You Make My Child Feel Stupid

Angela Keck | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Angela Keck

I won't let anyone make either of my children feel like less than enough, and I won't for a minute buy into the idea that letter grades on a report card are an effective measure of anyone's self-worth. I will fight, I will advocate, and I will shout it from the rooftops!

Do This When Your Child Lies About School

Liz Frank | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Liz Frank

As he leaned in sheepishly, his steely blue eyes gleamed with a fascinating mix of fear, shame, and a dash of hope. "Please don't tell my mom." He was referring to his big confession: four overdue math assignments that piled quickly.

6 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Themselves Before Telling Their Kids To 'Try harder'

Tanith Carey | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Tanith Carey

If children come to feel like trophies, they start to feel they are valued not for who they are, but for what they do and how good they make you look, breeding unhappiness.

Illinois Colleges With Students Who Have the Highest Average ACT Scores

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.02.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While a student's ACT or SAT scores might be only one part of a college application, they can be a useful numerical marking of the kinds of students applying to and being admitted to particular schools.

The Lessons My Daughter Taught Me

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

One of the hardest things about single parenting is accepting my children's choices without apology, shame or judgment.

If We're Abandoning Handwriting, Let Schools Revive the Ancient Art of Blogging in Schools

Jimmy Leach | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Jimmy Leach

When the Finns decide that cursive handwriting will be scrapped from the Finnish education curriculum and replaced by lessons in keyboard typing, we ought to pay attention.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Lessons From Our Lives: We Share the Same Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

It is said that some of the simplest cultures on Earth are also the happiest. Does this mean that by not being so involved in formal study and str...

A Commitment to Children in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

They are called the decret generation. During the Communist era in Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu issued Decree 770 in 1967 making abortion and contraception illegal except under certain circumstances. The Communist leader wanted to radically increase the population of the country.

This Valentine's Day, It's Time for Real Sex Ed for NYC

Joan Malin | Posted 02.12.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

As a leading sexual health care provider in New York City, Planned Parenthood of New York City knows all too well that the gaps that remain in New York City's sexual health education have a significant impact on young people's wellbeing.

Common Core Testing Teaches Tots to Type

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Common Core is a Trojan horse full of unintended consequences. While the efforts are noble, and the intent is good, the current program is neither fair nor practical.

Connecting With Children Through the Arts

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Melanie Hope Greenberg

I can say with certainty the best part of having a publishing background is meeting the people who read my books and like my art. I will confess, my most favorite part is connecting with young audiences.

A Crayon for Iqra

Celia Buckman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Celia Buckman

Homework is a challenge for the tutors and kids. It's hard to teach a 12-year-old algebra in forty minutes when they don't know how to count yet. But something has to go down on the worksheet.

Women, Fitness, and Body Image: Reshaping the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 01.28.2015 | Women
Jennifer McGaha

I would never have attempted this race if I had still been caught up in the language of my childhood, the narrow labels by which children learn to define themselves and by which those children, once grown, often continue to define themselves -- the slow reader, the inept athlete.