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

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

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

May 27, 2014
by Frances
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Middle School: Three Levels of Hell Part 2—Dividing

This is the day your child’s much awaited test scores are released at Dante’s Middle School.  As you sit in the anointing of success meeting parent informational meeting that follows the release of the scores, you suddenly begin to suspect … Continue reading

May 23, 2014
by Frances
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Middle School: Three Levels of Hell Part 1—Discipline

It’s a big day…..late summer, sweltering heat, but the air is charged with excitement as you and your child get into the rope lines directing you through the registration maze at the middle school.  Some faces are familiar and you … Continue reading

May 10, 2014
by Frances
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The Role of Athletics: Part 3

I recently read an eye-opening book, Paying for the Party by Elizabeth Armstrong.  The author followed a group of female students through a major state university and followed the trajectory into their lives after college.  The subtle, horrifying finding from … Continue reading

May 5, 2014
by Frances
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The Role of Athletics: Part 2

http://youtu.be/8GKmkD1pUG0  (don’t skip this video….a classic) “Is AL-a-BAM-a GON-na BEAT US?   H*LL NO!!!”  I’ll never forget hearing my cousin, coaching at another Alabama school, teach his son that phrase (…and the War Eagle song…).  It makes me smile, sometimes laugh, … Continue reading

March 23, 2014
by Frances
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The Rules of Operation #3: It’s About the Adults

Testing has become big business in the public schools.  It is one good example of how public education serves adults at the expense of the kids’ education….. For the last few years I have observed that the elementary and middle … Continue reading