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9 Examples of What It Means to Be 'Such a Girl'

9 Examples of What It Means to Be 'Such a Girl'

Commented May 29, 2014 at 01:25:44 in Parents

“When a transgender peer in her PE class was being harassed by other students my 15 year old stepped up and said something that made the others stop. I am proud she was being such a girl.”
9 Examples of What It Means to Be 'Such a Girl'

9 Examples of What It Means to Be 'Such a Girl'

Commented May 29, 2014 at 01:22:38 in Parents

“My 11 year old "being such a girl" started volunteering to work with special needs kids when she was in fourth grade. She's been asked to serve on a Teen Advisory Board for a huge local fundraiser for the organization. She's giving up awards assembly night at her school to attend. Such a girl! She asked, they know I'm only 11, right?”
Sometimes Good Parents Miss the Class Party

Sometimes Good Parents Miss the Class Party

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 22:31:10 in Parents

“I am a better teacher now that I am a mom.”
Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 09:42:39 in Gay Voices

“In the first paragraph the author discusses how the celebration of learning and academic success are sidelined by dress code discussions concerning middle schoolers. When the focus moves from what you are learning and the celebration of achievement to what you must wear at this age, 10 or 11, it sends a strong message to girls and transgender students that they are what they wear. It also sends a message to boys that a way a girl dresses excuses male behavior. Reasonable limits, showing of underwear, for example, are what they are, reasonable. But my daughter's list of "what not to wear", here in a beach city of Southern CA, where kids are exposed to barely covered bodies daily, are ridiculous! No cap sleeves- dare a bare shoulder be exposed. Skirts, dresses and shorts must reach the length of the longest finger- no matter how short or long your arms are! It is the wrong message. If ankles were deemed too sexy, this school would ban them, or elbows. For girls who have been focused on learning in elementary school, the rules force a shift of attention onto clothing and their body image and away from studies. These codes have sidelined what we wanted our daughters to focus on in middle school. Except an occasional bare shoulder or an inch too short pair of shorts on a day when temperatures soar, these kids weren't going to blow the dress code anyway. What the fuss!”
Hey Servers, Leave Those Kids Alone!

Hey Servers, Leave Those Kids Alone!

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 13:00:49 in Parents

“My children make good choices at restaurants, and they enjoy the positive reactions from servers. There is nothing wrong with being told broccoli is a healthy choice.”

Katherine Zavodni on Sep 18, 2013 at 15:52:39

“Thanks for these thoughts. I'm glad you have had such positive experiences at restaurants with your children and with servers' positive reactions to them. But I respectfully disagree that there is nothing wrong with a complete stranger telling my child that any of her choices is "healthy" or otherwise. I don't want my child to consider any agenda in her eating choices apart from what her body feels it wants right now (from what I provide for her). Sometimes that includes broccoli, sometimes not, but when it does, it is 100% because she wants to eat it, not because someone (a TV show, a teacher, or a restaurant server) told her it is "healthy" or what she "should" eat. So yes, It feels very "wrong" to me to have someone try and influence her eating choices, whether through pressure or praise. I guess I don't think there is anything wrong with not wanting my kid to eat her veggies just to earn the praise of her server.”

hp blogger Katja Rowell, M.D. on Sep 18, 2013 at 15:17:19

“I'm glad you enjoy eating out and that the comments don't bother your children. I think that for many children, pushing "healthy" foods backfires. There is compelling research, backed up by my clinical experience, that the more we push healthy foods, and label them as healthy or make kids earn dessert by eating "healthy," the less children actually want to eat them. I think the best ways to help kids enjoy veggies is to prepare them in delicious ways and serve them often (take them shopping, have them help cook, enjoy them yourself...) Picky eating is epidemic, and I would suggest that all the effort to convince kids to eat healthy foods makes them more suspicious and less likely to enjoy those very foods. When children enjoy eating a variety of foods, and a server compliments them on eating the broccoli, or we make them eat the broccoli to earn the 'good' stuff, what we teach them is that broccoli isn't delicious and worthy, but something to slog through to get to the good stuff. A lot depends also on temperament. Some kids are easy-going and happy to follow food "rules" but a child who is more stubborn, strong-willed, or trying to assert independence is more likely to be turned off by all the pressure and praise. If a child has to "lose" to eat broccoli, it becomes more about the power struggle than learning to enjoy a variety of foods. Thanks for sharing your experience.”

Latin Fraulein on Sep 18, 2013 at 13:20:19

“aren't you special”
My Brother Used to Have Down Syndrome

My Brother Used to Have Down Syndrome

Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 15:08:05 in Parents

“I grew up with twin aunts, Janice and Kathy, who have Down Syndrome, and I'd have to say I wouldn't have had it any other way. I love hearing my mom's stories of them growing up together. It was a different time, the fifties, but they had an amazingly progressive family and support system.”
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Decision Time for Governor Brown

Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 15:20:06 in Education

“What I see is double speak...you want value added eveluation of teachers based on students test scores but you want to move students beyond multiple choice tests. If you place my job on the line with standardized rote-learning tests, you will recieve a strong standardized rote-learning experience for your child. The very teachers you want teaching your children, ones with the experience and ability to teach these 21st century skills, are stuck between a rock and a hard place. When you look to our bounty of highly-skilled teachers in Califonria as the professionals they are, you will get the change you are looking for.”
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The Ruinous Culture We've Created in Elementary Schools

Commented Dec 23, 2010 at 11:01:13 in Education

“Why do you call them smarties? It sounds so negative! Is that the result of culture of the schools in which you work? Frightening, it seems to be the vocal majority voice in our nation right now.”
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The Ruinous Culture We've Created in Elementary Schools

Commented Dec 23, 2010 at 10:47:22 in Education

“Who IS driving it? I am tired of it being blamed on teachers. Yes, it is disheartening to say the least.”
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The Ruinous Culture We've Created in Elementary Schools

Commented Dec 23, 2010 at 10:39:38 in Education

“So where do teacher's gather, these teachers who are committed to this critical pedagogy? Working at a high performing school district, hired 15 years ago for my whole child philosophy, many days I now feel disheartened, overwhelmed and alone. Over my tenure most of my like-minded peers have jumped ship, either physically or metaphorically. With a family to provide for, being a renegade isn't in my best interest.”

jcnelson7 on Dec 23, 2010 at 13:22:20

“Just imagine the world today if so so many of those collegues didn't "jump ship". I have been offered positions outside of the classroom myself but that won't do me, my conscious or my students any good. To me it is the difference between Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, one fought until his death to spread the idealogy he believed in while the other withered away in a more comfortable, prestigous position and incidently accomplished very little! I think the author is well intentioned and I agree, I just get frustrated that some of the best teachers leave the classroom. And I also believe there are a great many of us who don't rely on worksheets and test prep, yet our students consistently do very well on standardized tests! Someone also asked a question about "how to". I would start with individuals like John Van de Walle, Bell Hooks, Paulo Freire, Ken Robinson and organizations like rethinkingschools.org and the Zinn Eduation Project. Those are the folks that keep me sane!”
7 Educational Activities for Your Child Over the Holidays

7 Educational Activities for Your Child Over the Holidays

Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 14:42:29 in Education

“There is much to be gained during the holidays that doesn't have to do with academics. Minds and bodies resting, recreating and sharing in the spirit of the holidays should have benefits that greatly outweigh the "valuable academic time lost." Give me a break from the fear the writer is trying to instill here in her thesis. We should join in activities like those listed not because they are academic, but because they are creative, interpersonal, and enriching human en devours. Children who come from such environments are consistently prepared for academics upon return from vacation.”