Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

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

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 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 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

August 23, 2014
by Frances
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Are We Here Without Our Paddles?

While on a recent vacation, I had a conversation with a mom from a nearby town, and as is usually the case, the discussion turns to children.  This woman had much to say about her dealings with the public education … Continue reading

August 16, 2014
by Frances
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The Struggling Student….What Next?: Part 2

  You receive a call from the school regarding your child’s academic performance in kindergarten.  Your observation has been that the child is intelligent, curious and creative–asking thoughtful questions, listening to storybooks you read, and enjoying imaginative play with Legos, … 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

March 19, 2014
by Frances
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The Rules of Operation #2: It’s About Money and Politics

Rule #2:  It is not about education…..it’s about Money and Politics Political power comes from votes,  which are secured by the promise of money/power to voters.  Voter support in turn is given to secure the election of the money/power source.   … Continue reading

March 16, 2014
by Frances
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The Rules of Operation #1: It’s ‘Government’ School

As you enter the public education system you will find that it is not the system of twenty or thirty years ago. This is now another massive, government-controlled entity, tying the hands of those whose purpose and calling is to … Continue reading

March 12, 2014
by Frances
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The Three Most Frequently Told Lies……

You may have heard this in one form or another: Lie #1–“The check is in the mail.” Lie  #2–“Yes, I will respect you in the morning.” Lie #3–“I’m from the School/District Office/Department of Education, and I’m here to help you.” … Continue reading