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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. …

The Arts

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 …

Harry Potter

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 …


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

Standardized Testing

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 …


You’re Doing Allowance 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 …


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 …