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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

FONTANA, Calif. — At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion.<p>Esparza is a …

10 Reasons To Homeschool Your Children

<i>Homeschooling isn't always a bed of roses.</i> Shouldering the responsibility of your child's education can often be overwhelming, scary, and …

Homeschooling

Why Kids Need Recess

And why it’s endangered<p>In Florida, a coalition of parents known as “the recess moms” has been fighting to pass legislation guaranteeing the state’s elementary-school students at least 20 minutes of daily free play. Similar legislation recently passed in New Jersey, only to be vetoed by the …

How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis

Have you ever done your children's homework for them? Have you driven to school to drop off an assignment that they forgot? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?<p>These examples are drawn from two new books — <i>How to Raise an Adult</i> by Julie …

Parenting

The Fragile Generation

One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Not a body. Just some …

His daughter melted down on stage, so he joined her. The Internet crowned him ‘Daderina.’

Chances are good that “Daderina” pranced across your Facebook feed this week. The video of a father who, while holding his baby daughter, joined his distraught older daughter on stage to help her finish her ballet dance, has been viewed nearly 40 million times.<p>Maybe it’s his size in contrast to the …

Parenting

A 'confidence code' for girls: 5 ways to build up our daughters

<b>(CNN) —</b> If there's one quality I want my girls to have more than any other, it is confidence.<p>I've seen how important it is in the workplace and in life: Confident people get what they want. They take risks. They are not afraid of failure.<p>Growing up as a perfectionist, somewhat fearful of both …

Middle School

Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

Childhood — and parenting — have radically changed in the past few decades, to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their behavior.<p>That's the argument Katherine Reynolds Lewis makes in her new parenting book, <i>The Good News About Bad Behavior.</i><p><i>"</i>We face a crisis of …

Parenting

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Geena Davis' Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist (Guest Column)

The actress and founder of her namesake Institute on Gender in Media cites data showing that there are three male characters for every speaking …

5 Unexpected Gender Differences in Children’s Clothing

Everyone knows that there are glaring differences between girls’ clothes and boys’ clothes. It’s no secret. Stores keep them in different sections, …

How 'helicopter parenting' is ruining America's children

College freshmen will soon head home for the holidays, ready to fill in their parents on all the fresh experiences in their new lives. Or not. For today's younger generation, there may be nothing to tell the folks, who are already in touch with their kids all day, every day. Julie Lythcott-Haims …

Parenting

Helicopter parenting is increasingly correlated with college-age depression and anxiety.

<i>Excerpted from</i> <b>How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success</b> <i>by Julie Lythcott-Haims, out now from Henry</i> …

Mental Health

7 things every kid should master

In the past few years, parents, teachers, and policy makers have furiously debated whether standardized tests should be used to promote or hold back …

Teaching

The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes …

Self-improvement

Study: Montessori Education Erases Income Achievement Gap

New research from the University of Virginia has found that a Montessori preschool education helps typically under-performing low-income students …

Exercise Won't Cure ADHD on Its Own, but It Sure Can't Hurt

The results of a study published this week in <i>Pediatrics</i> reinforced a growing body of research suggesting that physical activity is helpful in …

Ritalin vs. Recess: Are Drugs Really the Answer to the ADHD Epidemic?

When Emma was just six months old, her parents, Kate and Jeff, began to suspect she was different from other infants. At mealtimes, Emma, their first …

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Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests

A 13-year-old eighth grader in upstate New York woke up on Sunday and decided that it would be funny if she designed a standardized test that made fun of standardized tests. (See below) After all, Sophia Stevens was getting ready to take one of the state’s new Common Core-aligned standardized tests …

Trissa Tilson Artwork

About the Artist<p>I draw because I have to. Art is a compulsion, a drive that I can’t shake.<br>It has been this way since as far back as I can remember. …

Life Lessons from Harry Potter and Other Fantasy Novels

<i>(My blog post originally published on the</i> <i>Reading Rainbow Blog</i><i>)</i><p>It has recently been suggested by Graeme Whiting of The Acorn School that certain …

How to Manage Back To School Anxiety: Stop Momsplaining

Sometimes we parents just need to shut up.<p>Back To School Anxiety: What You Can Do<p>Preparation is important. So, as we anticipate another school year, …

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests | Ted Dintersmith | TEDxFargo

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

There is no end to the debate about school reform, but there are certain things about education that seem like no-brainers. The problem is that they continue to be ignored by policymakers and in schools. Alfie Kohn lists 10 of them in the following post, which he first published in the American …

Education

Kids’ allowances: You’re doing it completely wrong.

When it comes to kids and money, there are few topics that cause more confusion for parents than allowances. When should you start? Should it depend …

Kids

The War Against Boys

This we think we know: American schools favor boys and grind down girls. The truth is the very opposite. By virtually every measure, girls are thriving in school; it is boys who are the second sex<p>It's a bad time to be a boy in America. The triumphant victory of the U.S. women's soccer team at the …

Tiger Moms: Is Tough Parenting Really the Answer?

It was the "Little White Donkey" incident that pushed many readers over the edge. That's the name of the piano tune that Amy Chua, Yale law professor …

Parenting