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10 Ways Kindergarten Can Stop Failing Our Kids

By Laurie Levy | AlterNet. August 6, 2014 Kindergarten was once about play and experimentation. Why can't it be that way again? My grandson, like millions of other five- and six-year-olds across the country, is about to start his formal education in kindergarten. Like most kids, he’s [...]

An Open Letter to My Son’s Kindergarten Teacher

Greetings and Salutations! We haven’t met yet, but we will meet soon. I need to apologize in advance because I am going to be one of “those” parents. You know, the ones who are constantly checking in, perhaps over protective to a fault. In my [...]

A Response to a Parent From a Kindergarten Teacher

Dear Dr. Kovacs, It’s nice to “meet” you! I cannot wait to have your son in my class this year. There is no need for you to apologize for being “that” parent. I will take an engaged, interested, hands-on parent over a “no show” any [...]

Why You and Your Child May Never Be “Normal”

Are we measuring basic facts about children? Or basic facts about rich kids? Developmental Psychology’s Weird Problem Courtesy of Shutterstock By Jane Hu | Originally Published at Slate. June 25, 2014 7:09 AM Living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past few years, I’ve gotten [...]

Inequality Begins at Birth If We Let It Be

Photograph; Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 1976 (Credit; Alex Webb/Magnum Photos) We can change the brain, through more than education. Nurturing, studies suggest, is a far more powerful medicine. The research replicated reveals that compassion can ameliorate the burdensome conditions that poverty brings, if we consider…. Inequality Begins at [...]

We Socialize Girls To Be Better at School But Set Them Up For Failure in the Real World

Credit: Shutterstock We Socialize Girls To Be Better at School But Set Them Up For Failure in the Real World By Sarah Jane Glynn | Originally Published at Think Progress. April 30, 2014 2:43 PM The New York Times’s Upshot blog reported on Tuesday that the [...]

Black Preschoolers More Likely to Face Suspension

By Kimberly Hefling and Jesse J. Holland | Originally Published at Associated Press. Yahoo News. March 21, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to [...]

Students with Disabilities Encounter Discrimination in New Orleans Schools

Photograph by Matthew Hinton | Kelly and Noah Fischer Originally Published at Southern Poverty Law Center. | March 12, 2014 Kelly Fischer’s hopes were quickly dashed last fall. She was attending a High School Fair in New Orleans, a chance for parents to meet representatives from the [...]