Archive for April 2019

Quality, Not Kindergarten Redshirting, is the Problem

Quality, Not Kindergarten Redshirting, is the Problem
In my long career as an early childhood program director, I have given many talks to parents of children about to start kindergarten. While these parents were sometimes worried, over the past decade they became more anxious about how well their children would handle entry into a formal education system. Now, a proposed Illinois law... Read more »

Immigrants, They Get the Job Done

Immigrants, They Get the Job Done
That’s a huge applause line from Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. We are a country of immigrants. Despite what @realdonaldtrump says, we do have room for more immigrants, and we need them to keep our country strong and productive. Recently, chimney damage caused water to pour down a bedroom wall and ruin part of a hallway... Read more »

As Parent-Teacher Conferences Vanish: When No News is Just No News

As Parent-Teacher Conferences Vanish: When No News is Just No News
There is a trend in education to dispense with the traditional biannual parent-teacher conferences. Now that every test and homework score can be accessed by parents online, the thinking goes that these conferences are meaningless and time-wasters. Parents who want conferences may request them. Otherwise, they should assume no news is good news. I would... Read more »
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Fancy Hotel Makes Me an April Fool

Fancy Hotel Makes Me an April Fool
I’ve rarely been a patron of fancy hotels. As a kid, my family took long car trips and all five of us shared a room in a very basic motel. You know the drill, two double beds and a cot squeezed into a small room. A bathroom with one sink and a bathtub/shower. When we traveled... Read more »