Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Sharon, Connecticut

About a month ago, I posted a piece by Fred Baumgarten, the father of two daughters in public school in Sharon, Connecticut, who had been talking to the other parents in his daughter’s fifth-grade class about homework. I recently checked to see what kind of progress he’s making. He writes all about it on hisContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Sharon, Connecticut”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – High Stakes Testing Isn’t Beneficial

I recently started a group on facebook (please join) where I heard from April Peacock, a mother of a third grader from Pennsylvania. She was looking for advice on how to respond to her son’s teacher, who had sent home a high stakes testing practice booklet, with instructions to the parents on how to reviewContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – High Stakes Testing Isn’t Beneficial”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Chicago

Today’s post is by Laura, an intellectual property and reinsurance attorney in Chicago with three children ranging in age from 5 years to 4.5 months. A long history of LD and ADD makes effective education one of her hot button issues. She wrote a lengthy letter to her daughter’s kindergarten teacher explaining her position onContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Chicago”

A Parent’s Concern with Mandated Reading Programs (Part 2)

Last year, I posted a piece by a parent of a middle schooler in Massachusetts, who had asked, to no avail, that her child be allowed to opt out of the Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader program. Today, she provides an update. Our School’s Use of the Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reading Product Has a Detrimental EffectContinue reading “A Parent’s Concern with Mandated Reading Programs (Part 2)”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission–San Anselmo, California

Torri Chappell, a teacher and mother from San Anselmo, California, has written here before about her experiences advocating for homework reform. When something strikes Torri as being wrong, she doesn’t hesitate to speak up, either in letter or in person. Recently, when her School District had a meeting to talk about the school facility, TorriContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission–San Anselmo, California”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission–Atlanta, Georgia

Diana Toma is an artist and the mother of a pre-schooler and a second-grader who attends a public school in Atlanta, Georgia – a school which encourages parents to volunteer at least 10 hours a year. Before they moved to Atlanta, her daughter had attended an alternative school in Brooklyn, New York, where there wasContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission–Atlanta, Georgia”

The Flat World and Education

(I’ll be back after Winter Break, on February 22.) I highly recommend Linda Darling-Hammond’s new book, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future. As Howard Gardner states in his blurb, “Anyone who desires a quantum leap in the educational achievements of American students – as opposed to theContinue reading “The Flat World and Education”

The Book Whisperer Makes Fun of Teaching to the Test

I love Donalyn Miller’s blog, The Book Whisperer, as well as her book with the same name. Her most recent post, Best Book Awards for Teaching to the Test, satirically offers an award to the writer whose book most effectively will help teachers prepare their students for tests: Best Book Awards for Teaching to theContinue reading “The Book Whisperer Makes Fun of Teaching to the Test”

Moms and Dads on a Mission – Sharon, Connecticut

Fred Baumgarten, the father of two daughters in public school in Sharon, Connecticut, began talking to other parents in his daughter’s fifth grade class about homework after he read The Homework Myth, by Alfie Kohn, a college classmate. Fred, who has a M.S. in Education from Bank Street and is currently a director of Foundation,Continue reading “Moms and Dads on a Mission – Sharon, Connecticut”

“I Have Banned My Child from Doing Homework,” says English Mum

Rosie Scribble, a freelance writer in the U.K. who specializes in mental health issues and blogs about life with her 6 year old, wrote a wonderful piece about why she doesn’t make her daughter do homework. Many of the commenters also wrote that they didn’t make their children do homework, either. Now, if they couldContinue reading ““I Have Banned My Child from Doing Homework,” says English Mum”