It’s only September 2015, and already our news channels are on high alert for the presidential election that is 13 months away. The candidates have no shortage of opinions on the economy, immigration, civil rights issues and education plans. Yet not one of them is talking about child care. “I’m spending more on child care than I would on college tuition!” Although many parents say it jokingly, it’s actually often true. In 31 states and the District of Columbia, full-time chil
“Kids love to sit at desks all day and do paper-and-pencil tasks!” said no one ever. If you went to school, what did you like best about it? What were your favorite subjects? How did your favorite teachers connect with you? Chances are, you loved the classes in which you were able to do something you enjoyed, whether that was reading or performing science experiments. Like most kids, you probably relished being able to try new things and work collaboratively with classmates.
“Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional),” screams the New York Times headline. “Where have all the teachers gone?” asks NPR. Rhode Island is one of dozens of states across the country facing a teacher shortage. Providence is one of several large urban districts having difficulty finding teachers. Frankly, it doesn’t seem like much of a mystery to me. Think about people you know who love their jobs; what features attracted them to their pro
“What can I do to help my child have a great school year?” This is the most common question parents ask me every fall. In fact, my column last week was all about things parents can do to help ensure their child’s success at school. Interestingly, though, the number one thing parents can do for their children to help them grow into lifelong learners is to let them play. I’ve written before about the benefits of play and recess. Recently, Debbie Rhea, an associate dean of the H
It’s that time of year again. Parents who have been scrambling for child care all summer, juggling camp drop-offs and play dates are probably looking forward to it. Those who’ve been enjoying the lazy, relaxed days of summer are probably dreading it. Staples brilliantly captured the ups and the downs in this ad from 2009. Going back to school brings up lots of emotions for everyone involved. Most teachers are excited for the new school year, which brings with it a new group