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When Your Child’s Behavior at School is Inconvenient: It’s Not Always a Matter of Making Bad Choices …

Simply, behavior is a form of communication.  Unfortunately, when behavior escalates to the point of causing a distraction to learning, often, schools  forget about this important premise and handle the situation through cease & desist or containment.   As an education advocate, much of the case-work I serve features behavior at the core of the concerns expressedContinue Reading

Snowflakes, Buttercups, and Hyper-Sensitive Children: What’s Really Going On?

Are our kids really a bunch of snowflakes, buttercups, and simply too sensitive?  It’s a relavant question when you take a look at children today and see so many impacted by anxiety, depression, or a general sense of being over-whelmed. It’s epidemic!  Just today, while I was taking a break from writing this piece, one of myContinue Reading

Making Sense of Kindergarten: “Those Things You Learn Without Joy You Will Forget Easily.”

Many of our younger children struggle with learning to read at epidemic levels..  According to a recent study,  “A majority of fourth graders in the United States are still not reading proficiently, according to a “Kids Count” report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.The data shows that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66Continue Reading

Killing the Love of Learning …

And Common Core is the culprit: Have you ever looked up the definition of “common” as in Common Core?  According to Merriam-Webster, common serves a number of meanings including “occurring and appearing frequently” and “relating the community at large”. But the one that caught my attention highlights “falling below ordinary standards” and “lacking refinement“. I believeContinue Reading

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: School Cancels Charles Dickens Classic,”Bah Humbug”

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.  And for this reason, many of our public schools are not putting up with this kind of holiday shenanigans.  Once again, it appears that the politically-correct education system continues to clear the slate of allContinue Reading

Do Not Let Anyone Convince You Otherwise: Success is Measured by Hope and How Your Child Feels About His/Her Future

No matter what everyone is touting; the path to success is not measured by traditional measures alone;  it sure doesn’t present itself within the amount of money one earns, the cars one owns, or the number of homes one has within one’s real estate portfolio.  And within the context of high school, success is notContinue Reading

Killing the Love of Learning …

And Common Core is the culprit: Have you ever looked up the definition of “common” as in Common Core?  According to Merriam-Webster, common serves a number of meanings including “occurring and appearing frequently” and “relating the community at large”. But the one that caught my attention highlights “falling below ordinary standards” and “lacking refinement“. I believeContinue Reading

Online Reading Programs for Dyslexia: Your Experience?

Here’s the train wreck waiting to happen: On one hand, we have the Common Core curriculum, which has basically translated all learning opportunities into a “ELA / Literacy” by-product; students are asked to read more and write more than ever before.  And this is not limited to reading or writing classes alone; it’s everywhere.  SomeContinue Reading

Inconvenient Truth of Education Part II: Student Walk Outs and Selective Understanding

Within the context of student behavior, I have frequently commented about the “inconvenient truth” of education. When disruptive behavior is deemed “inappropriate” or a “risk to the safety or welfare of others”; we often see harsh disciplinary action within the context of zero tolerance or other reactionary measures.   For example, when students leave the classroomContinue Reading

An Online Parenting Program Which Speaks to the Heart: Parent Footprint

“Awareness is the foundation of successful parenting. At Parent Footprint, we are committed to building a community of parents empowered to raise self-aware children who are fully engaged in their own lives. Together, we will change the world!” Doesn’t that resonate for you?  For me, it speaks volumes for the foundation of my work isContinue Reading

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