Topic: school

Connecticut Parents Are Totally Overreacting About Their Kids Walking To School

Connecticut Parents Are Totally Overreacting About Their Kids Walking To School

Parents in Milford, Connecticut are up in arms after their school board decided that 200 students in the district would now have to walk to school rather than take the bus. Not uphill both ways, not past Mr. Jolly’s Home For Repeat Sex Offenders, just walking through their neighborhood on sidewalks and such.

All of our grandparents are turning in their graves. All of them. More »

A Teacher’s Dreams For Her School Year Are Pretty Much Dashed On Day One

A Teacher's Dreams For Her School Year Are Pretty Much Dashed On Day One

So, you know that Staples commercial? The one where a parent is skipping joyously through back-to-school supply aisles while the kids drag behind looking woeful? The Most Wonderful Time of the Year plays in the background—that one? This commercial speaks to me not just as a parent who is so ready for my kids to get out of my house – because one more senseless squabble and they will go live with grandma – but also as a teacher. I have been teaching high school for ten years now and back-to-school time is, simply put – magical. More »

The PTA Is Mean Girls For Grown-Ups

The PTA Is Mean Girls For Grown-Ups

When you leave high school, you assume that you have left the petty bullshit behind- the cliques, the gossip, the jockeying for social position. You move on to your adult life thinking that from now on, everyone will be mature and kind to each other. College might have been a little cliquey but you found your way. It may have been tough to fit in at your first job after you graduated but that probably worked out just fine too. The next taste of high school-style behavior you will likely encounter is when your first child starts school. More »

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

Red-shirting has always been around but has gained a lot of traction in recent years in the parenting world. For the grade school uninitiated, this is the practice of holding back a child from beginning school even though their birthday falls within the confines of a state’s school cut-off date. It is done for a variety of reasons- developmental, academic, age and future athletic prospects are all reasons cited for holding a child back from starting school. More »

Newsflash: Everyone Worries Their Kid Is Dumb

Newsflash: Everyone Worries Their Kid Is Dumb

Even if your child is super smart or excels at school, I think there’s always some “secret fear” we harbor but won’t say out loud for fear of sounding critical. For some, it’s the nagging fear that their kid is a little more homely than they originally thought. You might worry about their lack of coordination or ultimate suckery at athletics. Maybe they’re completely tone deaf. More »