What’s Wrong With Our Schools?

This article, What’s Wrong With Our Schools, is worth reading. What’s Wrong With Our Schools? by Jennifer Fox Huffington Post What was high school like when you were there? How were your classes taught? Thirty-two years ago, I sat in a chair attached to the desk with a shiny silver tube. The trouble with theseContinue reading “What’s Wrong With Our Schools?”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Recess is Important

Denise Hills, a geologist, and her husband, a college geology professor, live in Tuscaloosa, AL with their two children, a first grader and a three-year-old. Last year, when her son was in kindergarten at the local public school, he didn’t get recess. Mid-year, Denise wrote a letter to the principal and local school board, expressingContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Recess is Important”

No Homework Two or Three Times a Year!

I read a story about how the town of Lafourche, Louisiana instituted a “Family First Night” on September 27 – a night with no homework and where families were encouraged to spend time together. That sounded pretty good to me, until I read that the next Family First Night is scheduled to take place inContinue reading “No Homework Two or Three Times a Year!”

The Milleys Capture Canada (and the U.S. and U.K. as well)

The day I wrote about the Milleys, parents from Calgary, Canada, who negotiated a contract with their children’s school allowing their children to opt-out of homework, the national press asked me to put it in touch with the Milleys. Since then, the Canadian newspapers, radio, and TV have reported the story, all of the coverageContinue reading “The Milleys Capture Canada (and the U.S. and U.K. as well)”

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

(I’ll be gone until Monday) Last year, I posted a piece by Torri Chappell, a teacher and mother from San Anselmo, California, who wrote about some of the success she had had in advocating for school reform. Two weeks ago, the high school in her community hosted a showing of Race to Nowhere, a documentaryContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – San Anselmo, California”

Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Calgary, Alberta Family Gets to Opt-Out of Homework after a Two-Year Struggle with their Children’s Schools

Almost two years ago, I wrote about Shelli and Tom Milley, the parents of three children in Calgary, Alberta, who were trying to change homework policy and, at the very least, get an opt-out policy for their own children. At that point, the two lawyers had already been discussing the issue with the school forContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – Calgary, Alberta Family Gets to Opt-Out of Homework after a Two-Year Struggle with their Children’s Schools”

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”