educational news

  • 11/26/2014 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 guests for Thanksgiving, or in the stores, fighting over discounted televisions and towels? What does it say about our culture when […] more>
  • 11/24/2014 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 to know about because I did a stint as a writer for a hi-tech company that produced software to lessen the […] more>
  • 11/21/2014 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 other natural disasters, terrorist attacks, serious accidents, or child abuse can cause PTSD. Trauma happens to everyone and is part of […] more>
  • 11/19/2014 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 taken aback because we think of reading as a skill learned in grade school. Reading is, to most of us, something […] more>
  • 11/17/2014 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 teacher, the child in the Montessori classroom educates himself with the teacher as his guide. In the Montessori classroom, students use […] more>
  • 11/12/2014 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 to each other. We just got along, you know? One of my earliest memories is of a painting that hung in […] more>
  • 11/10/2014 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 a 12th grade student. She did everything they did during the time she shadowed them. If she had to jot down […] more>
  • 11/7/2014 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 Method started off like a race horse in the early 1990s then seemed to fall behind the Phonics Method. New Math […] more>
  • 11/5/2014 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 are listening to, unless the lyrics are so obviously sexualized that the song makes it into the news headlines. And of […] more>