Supplemental Education

Just when I was about to come down hard on my oldest son for his slipping grades, we got to the root of the problem, which I wonder if it is a problem at all. Except for the first quarter of the school year, his grades have somewhat ping-ponged. The final grades for each quarter…

Dinner Time

So many articles directed towards parents emphasize the importance of sitting the family down around the dinner table. We, sadly, don’t do it enough, but we do make a big enough deal about it that our boys know it’s important. When the boys were very young, getting them around the dinner table was a chore.…

I still love you

Mornings I drive our oldest to school. There is a school bus he can take, but when he asked for a ride instead, because he found the ride on the bus terribly annoying, I jumped at the chance to drive him. I saw it as an opportunity for us to have a daily check-in, to…

Who has a voice?

Everyone has a voice in the education reform debate. Some voices are louder than others. Some voices are more ubiquitous than others. Some voices make a lot of sense to me. Others, not so much. While many will disagree with each other, we have to all agree that everyone has well-meaning intentions: to make education…

Education Reform for Business or Learning?

In a recent Diane Ravitch blog post she casts a doubtful eye upon the newly ubiquitous national education standards known as Common Core Standards. While the article is a very interesting critique on how the Standards came to being, and what the process of their creation means to the course of education reform, what is,…

Yes, We ARE Guinea Pigs

“We are a nation of guinea pigs, almost all trying an unknown new program at the same time.” This is a quote from a recent article by Diane Ravitch on her blog, dianeravitch.net. I – and many others – have considered Diane a guru of education reform. The rest of her article is classic Ravitch,…

The silver bullet for education reform

There’s a reason there’s no front runner in the education reform debate. Look at some of initiatives that have existed: Teach for America. KIPP. Kahn Academy. STEM-focused schools. Every initiative has their champions and detractors. Each has elements that can be shown to be extremely effective for at least one group of students. No system…

What defines success in education?

Education reform is doing better than people think, but, conversely, will never ultimately be successful as long as we continue following the current reform paths. No one will argue that whatever path you are on in the quest for effective education reform that it is complicated. And the person who claims education reform is simple,…

The right fit

We had a recent struggle with our youngest not doing so well on a spelling test. Came to pass that he’s finally bumped up against something in school in which he’s going to have to finally exert some effort. We knew this day would come, and hoped it would happen sooner, as it had with…

The Puzzle

Is it possible that everyone is right and no one is right? I’ve been asking myself this question quite often lately. When you really stop to listen and read and learn about all of the separate issues that are grabbing headlines in the education reform movement, you can always find people – real human beings – involved…