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

February 27, 2015
by Frances
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‘Community Organizer’ Might Not Be A Bad Thing: Opting Out

Someone (who I don’t think agrees with me on much) asked me about a quote in the local newspaper article they thought was attributed to me.  (It wasn’t)  “You always seem to have something to say.” Why, yes…..yes I do … Continue reading

February 15, 2015
by Frances
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Stop the Insanity: Drilling and Testing in the Early Years–Part 2

If you are a parent of one of these fabulous kindergarten or pre-K kids who are not interested in ‘school’ as it is, do not let yourself be isolated and intimidated and second-guess yourself.  You know much more about your … 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

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

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

October 20, 2014
by Frances
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Local School Districts: You Can’t Have It Both Ways

My experience with the local school district here in rural South Carolina has been a study in thinking patterns.  First you have the “We love our quaint community and founding families just the way they are and we never want … 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