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10 Secrets Your Teens Want You to Know But Won't Tell You

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

have been talking to your teens for over two decades. Even though trends and styles may change, teens still have the same concerns and the same secrets that they would like you to know, but just don't feel comfortable telling you.

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

Dear Ernest, #1: The College GPA Myth Exposed

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Ernest Owens

College students spend more time trying to unify themselves to the same expectations that high school required without appreciating the opportunity to create their own unique standard.

Top 10 Back to School Microresolutions

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 08.29.2014 | Education
Caroline L. Arnold

As at the New Year, the new academic year sparks personal resolutions to perform better by becoming more organized, healthy, and productive.

6 Things That Will Set Your Child Soaring At School This Year

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

There are six things will make all the difference to how well your child does at school this year. Six things will make them feel happy to walk into the classroom, excited about what they are learning there, and able to use all their energies to play, learn and grow.

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...

The Real Secret of School Success

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

The journey through school is a long and winding road, and the only consistent thing along the way is you -- their loving, attentive, often long-suffering parent.

Gifted or Hard-Working? Which Is Better for Long-Term Success for Our Children?

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Giftedness is no guarantee for success. In fact, the world is full of gifted failures and yet we, as parents, often hope and pray we have gifted children. This is then a parenting misperception used to validate a parent's sense of worth.

The Social Construction of Grades

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

I am there to teach students something new, to help them expand their worldview and become critical thinkers, and to enhance some of their existing skills. My students are there to get the piece of paper on their way to getting a job.

A Parent's Dilemma: When to Let Your Child Be Responsible for Their Own Actions

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
The University of Central Florida Forum

Monday morning, like most mornings, complete chaos unfolded in our house as four people -- my two daughters, my husband and myself -- aimed to head out the door by 8 a.m., our daughters for school and my husband and I for our offices.

Why Grades Are Causing a Culture of Unhappiness Among College Students

Stephanie Yang | Posted 05.23.2014 | College
Stephanie Yang

While I am by no means advocating for looser academic standards or less learning, I don't think stricter grading scales necessarily enforce a higher level of learning.

5 Tips to Transform Teen School Indifference to Engagement

Todd Kestin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

Is your teen struggling in school? Does he seem apathetic? Have you lectured, grounded and threatened until you have no idea what else to do?

Son's Grades Slipping: Is it ADD?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The transition to middle school is a big one. Some children get overwhelmed by the pace, the changing of teachers and the many social distractions.

Failure Is Not An Option

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

Failure is not an option. Why not? Who says so? Failing has taken on such a stigma that just the thought of it can turn the most confident student into an insecure bundle of nerves.

Let's Not Demand More, Let's Demand Better

Sarah Dille | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

Our country has gotten too focused on learning as a competitive sport. And I'm afraid that if we take Duncan's words of "demanding more" too literally, that will only get worse.

What Scares Me Most About Applying To College

Lizzie Turovsky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Teen
Lizzie Turovsky

In addition, it is true that with every generation there is a new voice, a new pianist prodigy and a new gold medal Olympic athlete. Maybe you'll be one of them, but maybe your passion project will make you just as happy as winning such a title would.

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.

The Big Lie About Student Achievement

Monica Bauer | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Monica Bauer

The Big Lie has made the vast majority of our college students feel like failures, and may be keeping them from actually getting a real education.

My Proudest Moment As a Parent

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

I suck at roller skating, and I love it. That's what kept going through my mind when I got the latest report from our daughter, Katie, a freshman in college who's still getting used to how difficult her classes are. "Physics is kicking my ass," she said. "And I love it."

Six Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About College

Jeremy Littau | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Jeremy Littau

As my college career unfolded, I discovered I was learning how to do college along the way. My grades weren't great (more on that later) because of some of the early lessons I learned, but by the time I graduated I had this thing nailed.

Straight Talk Hints About the College Application Process

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Leslie K. Stein

It might seem a bit early, but if you are in junior high or early high school, this is the perfect time to start to get familiar with the college application process. You do not get do-overs.

My College Life

Justine Bateman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
Justine Bateman

Time to level with you. Had a bunch of stuff happen and I guess I just needed to digest it all and find places to put it all.

Mrs. Jones, Coaches, and Grandma

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

Competent professors and teachers can make such a difference in the lives of their students.

The Damage of 'Impossible Perfectionism'

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Last week, I got an email from a client asking me if it was OK for her son to skip one of his SAT Subject Tests this Saturday because he has been ill from what his doctor diagnosed as "stress-related migraines."

What Do I Have to Do to Get an A in This Class? (A Mathematical Perspective)

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 06.30.2013 | College
Colm Mulcahy

It seems like a realistic question for a student who has an 85.75 percent average going in the final, but is it? Can such a student come out with 93 percent overall if the final exam is worth 30 percent of the course credit?