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.
Are private school students getting more bang for their buck? People who went to private schools differ from people who went to public schools in the sexually adventurous department, according to a new survey conducted by the British sex toy company Lovehoney.
One special fireman decided to proclaim his love for his girlfriend in a sweet, unique way. He waited until there was a scheduled fire drill at the school where she works a teacher, then got his friends to give him a hand.
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
“You’ve got to accentuate the positive.” (Song by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, 1944) A positive attitude (or even a less negative attitude) has the potential to change lives. This old song lyric came to mind while reading The Roller-Coaster Years – Raising Your Child Through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle School Years (Gianetti & Sagarese). This is a fascinating book for parents of 10-15-year-olds, and for parents who want a gl
What does raising the bar look like for you? What expectations do you have for your children? Setting high expectations is a good thing, as long as the bar isn't out of reach. Some of the students I teach have trouble with organization and keeping track of assignments. Meetings with parents of tweens and guidance sometimes result in a long list of things the child is supposed to accomplish or master.
In light of the recent tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT, it's past time to take a look at what causes these tragedies to occur. I've heard a sharp public call for stricter gun control but that won't stop the violence. A person driven to kill will find whatever means are available to him at the time. Stricter penalties won't do it because a person in a murderous rage isn't thinking about consequences.
It's unthinkable that when you send your child off to school you would ever receieve a call such as those parents in Newtown, CT did on December 14th. It's a parents worst nighmare. My heart aches for those families, as I know everyone's does. As a parent or one who works with children, you may face difficult questions. It is important that you address the topic with your child even if they don't bring it up - they most definitely have heard about it.
As a child & family therapist who has been in practice for over 15 years, it has been surprising how many children and families present with a depressed or anxious child only to find out that a contributing part of the problem is the way the child is being treated by their school teacher. So much focus and emphasis has been put on peer bullying, and while it is certainly a worthy problem that needs to be addressed, I’ve come to believe that focus also needs to be put on bullying
By Steve Reifman, for GalTime.com To help children reach their amazing potential, it is imperative that the adults in their lives consistently hold high academic expectations and emphasize the importance of producing quality work. The term quality, however, can be ambiguous and mean different things to different people.
By Barbara Greenberg, PhD, GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, for GalTime.com As October comes to a close and we wrap up honoring National Bullying Prevention Month, we need to remember that it is clearly a topic that needs to be addressed all year long. Today, I want to talk about a kind of bullying that we don't discuss enough -- the acts that happen when other kids and even adults are around.