Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

December 31, 2015
by Frances
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What is REALLY the outcome we desire?

Throughout the course of my kids’ education–homeschooling and public school–I struggled with the question:  Is the purpose to teach a body of facts or convey a love of learning and the ability to learn?  We are destroying a generation of … Continue reading

November 6, 2015
by Frances
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You Only Live Once

YOLO…….living on borrowed time……a life is threescore and ten years……and the phrase that has initiated many an eye-roll at our house…..Carpe Diem–Seize the Day (“you can sleep when you are in the nursing home”).  It has been my nature and … Continue reading

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

May 31, 2015
by Frances
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Hold Out for Happily Ever After

Quotes from historical leaders seem to be a popular source of inspiration for graduation ceremonies.  JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” is a popular one, but often misquoted. … Continue reading

May 10, 2015
by Frances
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The Cost of Motherhood

They say that you ‘pay for your raising’.  Mine was expensive on many levels.  In reflecting on my mother and my ‘raising’, I am just now starting to realize what this little phrase means, and realize that I probably still … Continue reading

April 4, 2015
by Frances
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Reblog: Forbes–Is Common Core Developmentally Appropriate?

This is a great article re-posted from Dianne Ravitsch’s blog, and it is SO true that standardized tests do not correlate with ability or future success.  In medical school we were graded, for the most part, by multiple choice computerized … 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

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