Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

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

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

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

July 26, 2014
by Frances
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WHAT IF……..?

Sometimes the answer to a problem is  a fresh perspective,  re-thinking, a paradigm shift…..and the willingness to try something different. WHAT IF……the answer to the education problem in America is not more data, more money, more technology….but more personal contact … 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 29, 2014
by Frances
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School Board Meetings: Oscar Night or a Business Meeting?

You are seated in a small auditorium amidst a hum of background conversation.  You came to this school board meeting to see your child recognized for an award and are waiting patiently with two hundred other parents there for the … Continue reading

June 4, 2014
by Frances
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School Boards: One More Spinning Cog in Government Machinery

As summertime arrives and school children log their last hours of ‘seat time’, political primary elections begin for statewide candidates and local candidates begin to consider ‘tossing their hat into the ring’.  In a perfect world, qualified, independently thinking, service-minded … Continue reading