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 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

February 8, 2015
by Frances
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Stop the Insanity: Drilling and Testing in the Early Years–Part 1

I learned to read before I went to school.  It wasn’t because my mother stood in front of me with flash cards for hours every day.  It wasn’t because my dad prepared an advanced protocol for subliminal messaging during sleep.  … 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

January 2, 2015
by Frances
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Public School: Make Sure You Have Realistic Expectations

I am a product of the public school system….back in the day…..before the creation of the Department of Education.   I received a great education in a small public school system much like the one my kids have attended.  I had … 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