Last Updated February 26th, 2007

How Long Should the School Day Be?

Many states have been considering longer school days, and now Congress is looking to get into the act. I can see good and bad to it, and I’m wondering what other parents think.

The good, of course, is that it means there is more time for activities that schools have been neglecting. I’d love for schools to have enough time for art and music classes, for example, as well as just more time for the kids to play at school.

Many parents who work outside the home would probably also appreciate the extra time that they wouldn’t need to find childcare for.

It would give more time for schools to reach the educational goals set by programs such as No Child Left Behind. I’m not 100% a fan of such programs, as I think it encourages too much teaching to the test, but maybe the extra time could be used to do more than that. I can hope, anyhow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated February 21st, 2007

Who is to Blame for How Children Behave?

You hear all the time about how kids today behave. I could go back and point out that even the ancient Greeks found their youth to be unbearably poorly mannered, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make today.

I read over on Blogging Baby about a study which blames the media, parents and feminism for how kids behave these days. It claims that there are more troubled children now than there were 50 years ago.

I agree with some points. Lax parents are a major problem. Too many want to be their children’s friend first, rather than parent first, and so the kids get away with thinking of only what they want, and don’t behave in socially acceptable ways. That certainly can have a lot to do with parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated February 9th, 2007

Is Universal Preschool a Good Idea?

This is a topic I keep hearing about. The most recent was over at Blogging Baby, where there is a post about Oklahoma considering making universal preschool available for three year olds.

I went and read the New York Times article about it. It’s a pretty interesting idea. You may have been reading this blog long enough to know that Ariel has been in preschool since age 3, but not an every day program. Just 3 hours a day, two days a week at age 3, and now 3 days a week. She loves it. She is learning things there that she refused to learn from me.

Yes, refused. With me she had no interest in learning to write. She’s still resisting trying to write neatly, but she can write her name now, as well as other letters.

She also has lots of fun with the other kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated February 9th, 2007

Helping Your Kids Avoid Inappropriate Content

Information is so easily accessible these days. It’s great in some ways, but it can sure make parenting more challenging. Just try to protect your kids from things you don’t want them to see yet!

The best thing you can do, of course, is to be there with your kids when they’re likely to encounter problem content. That means rethink the computer and television in the bedroom. It’s much safer to have these out in the main areas of the home.

Yes, that does mean everyone is more likely to have to share, especially when it comes to television. It’s not that hard to have two computers side by side, but two televisions in a room are generally more of a problem than a solution. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated December 19th, 2006

Time to Overhaul the School System?

I found out about this over at Blogging Baby and just had to read it for myself and hear what others think. A commission of education and business leaders took a look at our school systems and made their recommendations. Not so sure that I agree with parts of it.

Let’s face it, many of our school systems are in trouble. They just aren’t getting the job done. But deciding what to do can be very difficult.

Here are the core recommendations as I understand it. Read the rest of this entry »

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