Smothered In Praise: Recognizing Children for Their Effort

“She’s so advanced!” beams the proud parent. “He’s just so smart!” boasts the doting grandmother. So goes another day in the Lake Wobegon land of a pediatric office, where all of the children are above average.

Not to disparage anyone, for who would contest the prerogative of kin to exult their beloved child?…

Talking & Books

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a number of articles about programs that provide books to young children affected by poverty because data indicates that many kids are growing up in families without books at home. Two nation-wide programs that have stood out are a plan for doctors to give books and some information about the power of reading to the parents of their patients and a program sponsored by publishing companies and children’s book authors that provides new books to schools to send home to kids affected by poverty.…

K-12 Technology: Benefits and Drawbacks

The late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” Though he was speaking about the road to true equality for all people, I have often attributed this quote to the role of education in America, particularly public education for K-12 student.…