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There's nothing "standard" about education!
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There's nothing "standard" about education!

Why are so many parents opting out of standardized testing for their children?  Why are teachers “cheating” on their students’ standardized tests?  Why must every kid in every school in every state learn the exact same content?  I wish I had an answer to those questions because they are burning in the minds of parents, teachers, and administrators across the country. 

6 Educational Pursuits To Reconnect You With Your Spouse
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6 Educational Pursuits To Reconnect You With Your Spouse

We've all heard the adage "a couple who plays together stays together." But what exactly constitutes "play?" Are spouses supposed to spend hours engaged in tickle fights, Wii jousting matches, and quick-paced rounds of UNO? Perhaps. There is, however, a way to make play productive--combining "having fun" with expanding your minds and acquiring new skill sets. How? Take a class.

5 Simple Ways to Help Your Kids Love Math
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5 Simple Ways to Help Your Kids Love Math

Math is a subject that we all need to master. If you have a child that is struggling in this subject, it can be difficult to help him or her find the fun in it. With common core standards math becoming increasingly prevalent in schools, a parent must be proactive to keep their kids interested in math. Here are 5 ways you can do that. Start Early

Where is the FUN in a FUNdamental Education
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Where is the FUN in a FUNdamental Education

There’s a reason why it’s called an educational institution.  That’s because when most kids go to school, they feel like they are in jail, restricted from the fun they can have at home, in the field, or with friends.  Why can’t their education be fun, too?  Why must it always be structured and equalized?  Why must education meet the needs of all children all the time in a diverse classroom?  Why must the federal government continue to mandate changes for something they appear to be unqualified to change?  How can we put the FUN back i

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How To Raise 'Colorblind' Kids In A Racist World

Kids notice differences in other people. They are not "colorblind" as some adults like to pretend, and thank God, since all of our many differences are such an important part of our individual and cultural identities. And while it's perfectly natural for kids to notices racial differences, they do not naturally judge one set of characteristics as superior or preferred, until some adult teaches them to prefer certain characteristics.

Normal Childhood Behavior or Signs of a Bigger Problem?
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Normal Childhood Behavior or Signs of a Bigger Problem?

Does my child have an attention or behavioral problem?   Parents, teachers, and many health professionals are often at a loss when it comes to identifying and modifying problematic childhood behavior. The nuances of child behavior are just like those of adult behavior.  How does one define what is genuinely problematic and indicative of a larger problem?  When parents and their children are referred to my practice for attention, concentration, behavioral, or underachievement problems, a thorough assessment ensues.  Many parents have tried a multi

5 Love Lessons From Families With Down Syndrome [EXPERT]
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5 Love Lessons From Families With Down Syndrome

October can easily be colored pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month or splashed with purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. However, this year I choose to honor the month with yellow and blue because it's also Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Finding Your Child The Right Education [EXPERT]
Make sure your child's school is meeting all individual and special needs.
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Finding Your Child The Right Education

Schools often mislead parents regarding their rights or just don't inform them. If you know your child is struggling in school, don't wait in hope that things will get better. Act on your child's behalf; get an assessment and find your child the support that may be needed.

7 Must-Dos Before School Starts
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7 Must-Dos Before School Starts

This back-to-school time is a special one for me. Our oldest child is starting Kindergarten. While I have spent years talking to parents about how to help them get their children ready for school, this year, I am living it right along with millions of other parents.   I find myself feeling excited, sad, scared, worried, eager, and confused. Can you relate to any of that?  I am pretty sure our daughter feels all those emotions as well. So, the questions becomes, how do we deal with all this transition?