Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

August 29, 2015
by Frances
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Reality Bites–Get Over It

I always wanted to be a backup singer.  You watch those people onstage, drifting around, chatting, drinking, then stepping up to the mike for a “WOO, HOO, HOO, HOO”.  It looks so easy–you are on the stage, sharing in the … Continue reading

April 1, 2015
by Frances
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What Kind of Culture Are We Allowing to Exist?: Hazing…the need to ‘belong’

I sometimes have to take a break from straight educational topics to clear my mind on related topics.  A few months ago our community, Clemson University, and our state has experienced a heartbreaking loss with the death of Tucker Hipps … 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

November 2, 2014
by Frances
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Politics and College Football—It’s All the Same

“Why to you keep watching all that stuff?  You know it doesn’t make any difference!  It’s  almost time for the game.” my husband  remarked one Saturday as I was watching a political debate on television.  This observation comes after spending … 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

September 6, 2014
by Frances
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Catch 22: Class Weighting, Weighted GPA and College

Over the past few decades, as competition for college entrance and scholarship money has intensified, some high schools began assigning weighted grade point averages.  Basically, the idea is that an ‘A’ in a harder course is worth more than an ‘A’ … Continue reading

May 10, 2014
by Frances
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The Role of Athletics: Part 3

I recently read an eye-opening book, Paying for the Party by Elizabeth Armstrong.  The author followed a group of female students through a major state university and followed the trajectory into their lives after college.  The subtle, horrifying finding from … Continue reading

April 3, 2014
by Frances
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The Scam: SAT and ACT and What They Have Become: Part 2

Developed, owned and published by College Board, the SAT is said to be an indicator of success in college when combined with a student’s GPA.   Thus,  College Board is a gatekeeper of college entrance and ‘success’, not to mention … Continue reading

April 1, 2014
by Frances
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The Scam: SAT and ACT and What They Have Become: Part 1

For  decades,  an unavoidable step on the road to college acceptance has been getting through one or both of the standardized tests of ‘college readiness’.  We all have played the game,  jumped through this hoop….it’s just what you had to … Continue reading