Topic: children’s education

Mom Sees No Kids With Disabilities Represented In Ads, Takes Matters Into Her Own Hands

Mom Sees No Kids With Disabilities Represented In Ads, Takes Matters Into Her Own Hands

It’s the end of summer, and time for kids to go back to school. All kids, including children with disabilities. Unfortunately, all those back to school ads featuring shiny, happy, pimple and attitude-free children rarely (if ever) include kids with disabilities. Why? Because kids with disabilities aren’t considered attractive. And because they remind us of a fact of life that many would rather forget. Photographer Jenni Driscoll, who is also the mother of a child with Down syndrome, is trying to change that.

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My Kid’s Teacher Demands I Learn Math With My Daughter

My Kid's Teacher Demands I Learn Math With My Daughter

I actually felt like throwing up during curriculum night at my daughter’s school when I heard the words from the math teacher: “And moms! You should not be waving off your daughter’s and telling them to, ‘Go ask dad for help! You should be learning with them!” FML, l thought. I’ve already gone through grade five math. To ask a sweeping question, I wonder how many mothers do this, passing off of the math homework to fathers. Hands up? Well, I do. More »

Public School Failed My Kid So We Switched To Private

Public School Failed My Kid So We Switched To Private

This school year we ended up doing something we said we would never do – we switched from a public school to a private one. It might not sound like a huge deal, but to me it is. I have always been a huge supporter of public schools. They are important mainly because not everyone can afford private schools, so without quality public options the education disparity in my country (the US) would be even larger than it already is.

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Some Parents Are Creepily Using Homeschooling As A Cover For Abuse

Some Parents Are Creepily Using Homeschooling As A Cover For Abuse

Homeschooling is often hotly debated in terms of child development, “socializing,” and simply having the time and means to shoulder your child’s education. But among the usual parenting talking points that often dot homeschooling narratives, the question of a child’s safety isn’t even one of the top five, until some reporting proves that it very well should be. More »

Charter School Deems Afros And Dreadlocks Not ‘Respectable,’ Hassles 7-Year-Old

Charter School Deems Afros And Dreadlocks Not 'Respectable,' Hassles 7-Year-Old

Cultural insensitivity seems to have a home at Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Seven-year-old Tiana, a now former student, was left in tears after her dreadlocks were considered a violation of an otherwise very problematic dress code that describes afros and dreadlocks as too “distract[ing]” for their “respectful and serious atmosphere.” Apparently, African-American hair doesn’t constitute as presentable for this charter school — a super racially charged statement to say the very least. More »

3 Back To School Conversations I’ve Had With Annoying Working Moms

3 Back To School Conversations I've Had With Annoying Working Moms

Of course SAHMs are the low hanging fruit of the back to school bunch. They probably stayed up all night crafting pinteresting lunches, neatly folding their child’s emergency outfit, and personalizing their painting smock. And it’s true, they often earn their bad rap for being uber-competitive and snooty, especially in NYC. But I’ve heard equally appalling things from the mouths of the working moms in the class. More »

3 Back To School Conversations You’re Already Having With Annoying Moms

3 Back To School Conversations You're Already Having With Annoying Moms

I received the following email today from a mother who has enrolled her son in the “Toddler Program” at her local nursery school. Fresh from orientation, here are her essential takeaways:

Please keep in mind that this is a program designed for 1-year-olds, and builds up to the 2s program next year.  Here are some of the conversations I had with other moms at the program:

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