The coolest theme night was called toy hacking, where kids were given a range of toys they would expect to see at home, but given free reign to break them apart and use them to create and build an even better version of the toy. Talk about taking imaginative play to the next level. To the Facebook office culture level. More
Topic: children’s education
I actually felt like throwing up during curriculum night at my daughterâs school when I heard the words from the math teacher: âAnd moms! You should not be waving off your daughterâs and telling them to, âGo ask dad for help! You should be learning with them!â FML, l thought. Iâve 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
Get your rage pants on, kids, because there are only a few things up there with nine million children getting denied federal assistance in the wake of the government shutdown. And that’s 3,200 preschoolers now having their schools shuttered. More
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.
That being said, enough was enough. More
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
I suppose of you are way into music and are looking for a fun thing to do with your baby, this sounds like the class to take them too, and I’m sure it’s a lot less obnoxious than Gymboree More
Cultural insensitivity seems to have a home atÂ Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Seven-year-oldÂ 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
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
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.Â Here are some of the conversations I had with other moms at the program:
Conversation 1: More
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Back to school time definitely means a fierce resurgence of the dress code wars. But for one Tampa adjacent high school, this battle isn’t over sagging jeans, short shorts, tank tops, or even general “street wear.” Nope, forÂ Pinellas County, they’re waging war against their own cheerleading uniforms, which oddly enough they have approved for those cheerleaders. More
Consent laws seem to evade even those who are pretty high up in our legal system. How else do you explain one Montana judge seriously saying that a 14-year-old rape victim was “older than her chronological age” so being sexually assaulted by a teacher doesn’t warrant a decent sentence? #MindBlown. He has since recanted after protests called for his resignation. More
It can be difficult to find ways to still be supportive without sitting through endless, argumentative meetings eating stale doughnuts. Teachers and administrators absolutely need support considering the major budget concerns many schools face. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve managed to find a few things that work for me and my introverted personality, so I can avoid the mama-drama (and papa-drama) and still be helpful.
And here I always thought bowing and scraping before school officials ended with my father’s Catholic school days. Apparently not, as district officials in San Bernardino County have reportedly just ended a troublesome policy “that required elementary school students to kneel down before being dismissed to class.” More
Young ladies who are desperate need of educational monies, Juicy J is here to hook you up. But no need for little things like a personal essay or a transcript of any sort of testimonials from your teachers about what an excellent scholar you are. According to a recent tweet from Juicy J, all you need to do is twerk the best and you have $50,000 towards your studies. What? Wet t-shirt contests weren’t available? More