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 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

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

July 22, 2014
by Frances
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Repost from Mind/Shift: “Escaping the Education Matrix” by Steve Hargadon

This is a great article that captures and communicates the foundational problem in today’s public school system.   Being “trapped in the matrix” is a perfect metaphor for the majority’s experience in the public school system and is the inspiration and … Continue reading

June 12, 2014
by Frances
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Is Anybody Listening to the Teachers?

Here’s a great piece written by a true professional educator with the nerve to speak out.  The response by the school board and administration is an indictment of the system.  Many parents and teachers, can relate……“We should have told you … Continue reading

April 11, 2014
by Frances
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If You Only Read ONE Book on Public Education Reform……this should be it!

I used to send links on reading material like this to local administrators and school board members.  I now realize the  extraordinary waste of time that has been….reading, thinking, and moving to reform is not on the agenda.  Ever.  At … Continue reading