We all have them, right? Summer memories of lazy days, popsicles, swimming, pick-up games of tag or kickball, and oodles of fun. Well, maybe we don’t all have them, especially since summer has become just another season for scheduling stuff. These days, when people ask What are your kids doing this summer? the answers generally include multiple… Read More What are you doing this summer?
Many years ago, when my eldest daughter was in public school kindergarten and I was helping out in the classroom, I witnessed the following exchange between the teacher and a boy who had brought in a special object for show-and-tell. Boy (holding up his smooth round rock proudly): “This is my boulder.” Teacher: “You mean,… Read More The boy with the boulder
This week I read about Hilde Kate Lysiak, the journalist behind the Orange Street News. She’s nine years old, reports on news in her Pennsylvania community, and is currently getting her fifteen minutes of fame due to her coverage of a neighborhood murder (a scoop, by the way). Some folks think it’s inappropriate for a child of her age… Read More Is that cute enough for you?
This morning I came across a new book written by Michael Kenmore, a homeschooled adult. It purports to be a neutral analysis of homeschooling by someone with firsthand knowledge of growing up outside of school. I really want to read the book. I think homeschooled adults can have valuable perspectives we should all look at.… Read More Homeschooling without polarization
For reasons I still fail to understand, every so often some clever mommy blogger decides to write about why she doesn’t homeschool. This time the culprit is Sarah Bregel, whose latest contribution to Babble, Disney’s online parenting magazine, is titled “10 Reasons I’m Probably Not Cut Out for Homeschooling.” The listicle is supposed to be… Read More Why I’m Cut Out for Homeschooling
Last week I read about Anthony Ruelas, a middle schooler in Texas who was suspended after he lifted a girl in the throes of a horrible asthma attack and carried her to the nurse’s office. Apparently the teacher had already e-mailed the nurse and was awaiting a response when Ruelas took matters into his own hands to… Read More Homeschooling and pushouts
Everywhere I turn today I’m seeing pictures of and reading about Caitlyn Jenner. Why didn’t she use a K? She looks like Jessica Lange. And more than anything else, she’s absolutely gorgeous. I agree she’s gorgeous. So does Laverne Cox, who is also gorgeous. But what does that mean? After appearing on the cover of… Read More Caitlyn, Laverne, & The Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus