“Leader In Me” : Corporate Infiltration Into Public Schools

IMG_9046 copyBWbright What did you learn in school today? It’s the starter to routine, casual conversation we have every evening at the dinner table with our daughter, a first grader at Old Kings Elementary in Palm Coast.

That evening the answer was unlike any my husband and I had heard. Our daughter started reciting words we’d never heard from her before. “Be proactive.” “It’s a win-win.” “Seek to understand.” “Sharpen…” She couldn’t articulate the rest. But she offered to perform a routine that she’d obviously practiced several times.Read More

Raising Kids

Math for Visual Learners

 

Muggins math board games and manipulatives are not only educational but make learning FUN! Built the old fashioned way with wooden boards and marbles, the games are great for family game night as well as for the classroom and after-school programs. Check out their products.

 

 

Why Students Forget- and What You Can Do About It

 

“In a recent article published in the journal Neuron, neurobiologists Blake Richards and Paul Frankland challenge the predominant view of memory, which holds that forgetting is a process of loss—the gradual washing away of critical information despite our best efforts to retain it. According to Richards and Frankland, the goal of memory is not just to store information accurately but to “optimize decision-making” in chaotic, quickly changing environments. In this model of cognition, forgetting is an evolutionary strategy, a purposeful process that runs in the background of memory, evaluating and discarding information that doesn’t promote the survival of the species.” Continue Reading 

 

Our Children’s Emotional State

The Silent Tragedy Affecting Our Children Today

There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels - our children. Talk to teachers and professionals who have been working in the field for the last 15 years. Our children are in a devastating emotional state!... Read More

 

Suicide in Children

It is terrifying to read the articles of young children, ages 10-12 commit suicide. We are terrified that as such young age they even know what means. But they do. And we must focus more on children's mental health and emotional wellbeing at home and in schools...Read More

 

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

Parents can play a huge role in helping their children to develop a critical life skill: the ability to take notice of their thoughts, to step back and view the bigger picture, and to decide how to act based on that more realistic perspective....Read More

 

The War on Public Schools

The Atlantic

Public schools have always occupied prime space in the excitable American imagination. For decades, if not centuries, politicians have made hay of their supposed failures and extortions. In 2004, Rod Paige, then George W. Bush’s secretary of education, called the country’s leading teachers union a “terrorist organization.”

In his first education speech as president, in 2009, Barack Obama lamented the fact that “despite resources that are unmatched anywhere in the world, we’ve let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short, and other nations outpace us.” 

President Donald Trump used the occasion of his inaugural address to bemoan the way “beautiful” students had been “deprived of all knowledge” by our nation’s cash-guzzling schools. Educators have since recoiled at the Trump administration’s budget proposal detailing more than $9 billion in education cuts, including to after-school programs that serve mostly poor children......

Continue Reading,  ERIKA CHRISTAKIS The Atlantic 

Do we still need schools?

Nikhil Goyal is an activist and author of a forthcoming book on learning. In his talk at TEDxDanubia he builds a strong case against standardized testing and advocates for a twenty-first century revolution in education.

 

 

 

Florida Education News

The Orange County School Board voted Tuesday to join a proposed lawsuit that will challenge the constitutionality of parts of a controversial education law the Florida Legislature passed this spring.

Orange’s board, which voted 8-0 to join the legal fight, is the 10th district to do so, deciding...Continue Reading

Two lawmakers have filed bills that could alter the way Florida's school boards operate in the future. One could potentially expand their powers. The other would likely decrease them. The first measure [SB 192] would codify in law that two or more members of a school board or other elected body may meet privately, and without any public notice, if no official acts or public business are to occur.  The second measure [SJR 194] would set term limits on elected school board members. Currently, board members can serve until ousted. The Tampa Bay reports  

Public Education Capital Outlay

Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO)

Late last week, superintendents learned exactly what their piece of the $50 million Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) allocation would be. For some of the larger districts, it might get them close to paying for a new classroom wing. In the smaller ones, it might not even pay for air conditioning repairs.- Jeffrey S. Solochek from The Tampa Bay reports

Be aware of the popular app Sarahah

Sarahah a new popular social media app that allows users to receive anonymous feedback and it’s already being compared to Ask.fm and Formspring. The anonymous messaging app Sarahah has become an easy instrument of abuse. One reviewer on the App store calls it:”Accessory to Cyberbullying”.

Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas of improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner — this is how the developers describe Sarahah, the messaging app guaranteeing anonymity for commenters; its popularity has spread like wildfire.

“A concept that seems like a great platform for receiving and sharing all the mutual admiration — or constructive criticism — has turned into a nightmare for some, no thanks to the trolls who are unforgiving and relentless when it comes to slinging the worst kind of mud in the guise of ‘honest feedback’.”- says Aditya Dogra