Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Midland Texas – “Finally, We Have Family Time Again.”

Last week, I got an email from Laura Reeger North, a mother of three from Midland, Texas, who was a teacher for five years in an alternative education program before the birth of her last child. Laura, who gave me permission to reprint her emails and use her name, wrote to me last week andContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Midland Texas – “Finally, We Have Family Time Again.””

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Austin, Texas

Today’s post is by Cynthia Schultz, a a former teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and concentrations in English and Special Education. She was educated and taught in Minnesota, one of the few states where she feels education still matters. A single mom by choice, with a daughter she adopted from Kazakhstan inContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Austin, Texas”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Today’s guest blogger, the mother of a second grader, lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a masters degree in psychology and works full time doing psychometric testing of adults. She has written two previous entries here and here. Why Homework Doesn’t Work by Psych Mom I’ve become a believer in the last year thatContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Halifax, Nova Scotia”

First Monday (Advocacy is an Ongoing Process)

This coming Monday, November 2, is the first Monday of the month. As I suggest every month in this blog, I hope you’ll send a note expressing your thoughts about homework to your children’s teachers or, perhaps, to a school administrator or School Board member. Even better, join with a few friends and send aContinue reading “First Monday (Advocacy is an Ongoing Process)”

Operation Daddy to the Rescue – Los Angeles

Today’s “Dad on a Mission” is Rafael Ortiz, the father of a 7-year-old second grader in a public elementary school in Los Angeles. Ortiz, who has a B.S. in Kinesiology, takes things into his own hands when his daughter’s teachers don’t respond to his homework concerns. Operation Daddy to the Rescue by Rafael Ortiz SinceContinue reading “Operation Daddy to the Rescue – Los Angeles”

Success – Parent’s Advocacy Makes a Difference in Denver, North Carolina

About a month ago, Deidra Hewitt, who lives in Denver, North Carolina, where she has two children in a public elementary school, wrote about how the school required her to sign off on her children’s homework more than 400 times a year. Today, she writes about what happened after she wrote to the school SuperintendentContinue reading “Success – Parent’s Advocacy Makes a Difference in Denver, North Carolina”

Guest Blogger – Experiences in Homeschooling

Today’s guest blogger, Tracy Stevens, is a former high school Spanish teacher who infrequently gave project-based homework to her students. She wrote here last year about her son’s difficult experience in first grade in a public school and her decision to have him repeat the year at a Waldorf school. This year, she decided toContinue reading “Guest Blogger – Experiences in Homeschooling”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Suburban Chicago

Today’s guest blogger, Mary Sullivan, is a freelancer writer and mother to two fifth graders and a seventh grader in suburban Chicago. I tracked her down after she posted a Comment linking to her webpage, Too Much Homework, and I asked her to write about what motivated her to post her own page. Too MuchContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Suburban Chicago”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Senior Dad

For three years now, I’ve corresponded every so often with Stan Goldberg, also known as Senior Dad. Stan, who lives in the Bay Area, has his own podcast and has many interviews with educators and other experts that are well worth listening to, including his four-part series on homework, where he interviewed Alfie Kohn, JohnContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Senior Dad”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Race to Nowhere

Race to Nowhere, a documentary which looks at the fast-paced, high-stress lives of many of today’s students, is premiering on Saturday, October 10, at the Mill Valley Film Festival. I’ve written about the film before because I’m an Advisor to the film, I appear in the film, I fully support the film, and I thinkContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Race to Nowhere”