Video: Black Friday 2014. Is This What You Want Your Children To Learn?

WARNING: There may be some graphic language in some clips, though we did our best to weed out the worst. Black Friday, 2014. Where will you be? Fast asleep, exhausted from hosting too many

On Parents And Instinct, Faith And Science

Faith and science: are the two ever compatible? Can they complement each other, with one kicking in where the other leaves off? Last week I wrote this piece about dyslexia. It’s something I happen

What You Need to Know About PTSD in Children and Why

PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after one experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event or a trauma outside the realm of normal human experience. War, earthquakes, tsunamis and

Dyslexia Defined: An Unexpected Difficulty

Dyslexia (that catch-all term for reading difficulties) tends to take us by surprise. We’re surprised when a child is diagnosed with dyslexia or when we meet an adult who is unable to read. We’re

The Montessori Method: Self-Education with Guidance

The Montessori Method, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and put into use for the first time in 1907, is based on the idea of self-education. Rather than sitting still and absorbing lessons taught by a

If ADHD Were Fashionable…

What if ADHD were a fashionable diagnosis? What if it was a diagnosis every parent wanted for their child because it meant intelligence and creativity? What if top prep schools, colleges, and B-schools screened students for the ADD/ADHD trait

Weather Chaser, Wrestler, Writer: A Profile of Merle J. Huerta

Merle J. Huerta and I have been friends since we were little girls in Sunday school. For most of our childhood, we didn’t go to the same elementary school, but just kept gravitating back

Alexis Wiggins Spends Two Days As A Student And I Am Not Shocked At What She Learns

Alexis Wiggins had been teaching for 14 years when she did something radical: she shadowed a student for a day. Actually, she did this twice, once with a 10th grade student and once with

The Montessori Method: Why Isn’t It Adopted by the Public School System?

No doubt, if you’ve been in the parenting business, you’ve heard about different educational models. Some have greater appeal than others. Some lasted longer than others. The “Look-Say” reading method lasted a good thirty years. The Whole Language

The Impact of Song Lyrics on Our Children: What You Need to Know

Is the impact of song lyrics on our children something we should worry about? Is it something you have worried about? Because if you’re like most parents, you have no idea what your kids