Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

July 15, 2015
by Frances
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“Thank You Government”…..said NO Profession EVER!

  I recently sat through a meeting with an administrator, who came prepared with a folder full of charts, schedules and power points and the discussion ensued as to how we should and could become more productive if we only … Continue reading

February 12, 2015
by Frances
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Money: The Ultimate Stimulus for Change

At a time when public education is circling the drain, and we keep throwing more money to spend in the same way on the same problems…..here’s a fresh idea:  Let the per-pupil-spending dollar be spent at the discretion of the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015
by Frances
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Playing the Game: High School

You have just picked up your eighth grade student at the end of the school year–squealing out of the middle school parking lot, turning on two wheels as though Satan himself were behind you. You have never been as relieved … Continue reading

January 19, 2015
by Frances
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REPOST: CURMUDGUCATION–Testing: What Purpose?

Here is a re-post of a great article by Peter Greene outlining where we are in American public schools.  Teaching and ‘learning’ are largely dictated by standardized testing….and testing……….and testing.  I’m kind of an old-school curmudgeon myself, and, after seeing … Continue reading

December 6, 2014
by Frances
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Sounds Great Until You See What You Are Getting…..

For those who are paying attention, there continues to be a nationwide movement, an awakening of parents, students, and teachers to the headlong rush of increasing government control in public education.   Parents and teachers, often intimidated by the repercussion to … Continue reading

November 23, 2014
by Frances
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The Result of an Occasional Gruber: Decision-making Philosophy in the Public Schools

You are at your father’s bedside as the surgeon discusses his assessment of the situation with other hospital personnel. “You know,” says the surgeon, “there are many ways to deal with this kind of thing–diabetic wounds are notoriously hard to … Continue reading

October 12, 2014
by Frances
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If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor….

A few years ago a group of politicians and insurance executives got together to rescue the 15% of the American population from a lack of  health insurance.  Not lack of access to health care, mind you…..but a lack of health … Continue reading

October 5, 2014
by Frances
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It’s an Election Year………follow the money

Taxpayers are sometimes given piecemeal information on taxes, funding and future plans for local school systems.  In this area, the five school districts have requested, and the county board has granted the proposed tax increase referendum to go before the … Continue reading

September 21, 2014
by Frances
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Getting the Help Your Child Needs: 504 Plan

  You have noticed that each academic year has become progressively more difficult for your child. After seeking consultation and evaluation for your child, you learn that your child has ADHD and a learning disorder.  You have interacted with your … Continue reading

September 14, 2014
by Frances
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This Should Keep You Awake At Night

      I had never really heard of this guy until a few weeks ago when I had a political discussion  with my brother-in-law… and then I happened upon this picture.  We will soon have two kids in college … Continue reading