December 9, 2015

The Chan-Zuckerberg Baby Announcement raised a lot of eyebrows. Some people are skeptical of the motives, and the fact that the initiative has been created as an LLC rather than a foundation has rubbed some people the wrong way. Personally, I think it’s a great idea.



April 15, 2015


Last week, the 2015 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook was presented to a room filled with health care and education professionals, policy makers, and local and state leaders. While Rhode Island has made great gains in some areas, decreasing both the percentage of infan...

March 18, 2015


Over 10 million children attend an afterschool program in the United States today, up more than 50% since a decade ago. In fact, according to a report released by the Afterschool Alliance, more than 19 million parents say they would enroll their children in an aftersc...

March 10, 2015


There are a lot of choices when it comes to sending your child to school. While some parents decide to stick with the neighborhood school to which their child has been assigned, others choose to investigate public magnet programs, charter schools, parochial schools or...

March 4, 2015


Last week, I wrote about school lunches. However, you may not realize that in addition to the National School Lunch Program, there is also a National School Breakfast Program. Since 1975, this meal program has provided federal funding to states, enabling more than 89,...

February 26, 2015


There have been several links floating around social media for the past couple of weeks, comparing school lunches from developed countries around the world. If you’ve missed it, one of the best links is here. While the USA lunch looks bad compared to the others (more...

February 19, 2015


Vaccination used to be something that a patient (or his or her parent) decided upon with the guidance of a doctor. It was primarily a medical issue. Today, with the recent outbreak of measles (121 cases in 17 states and the District of Columbia), everyone seems to be...

February 6, 2015

Our national conversation often revolves around “the American dream,” that uniquely American notion that anyone who works hard can live a full life that includes a secure job, satisfying personal relationships, the freedom to share one’s opinions, and maybe even home o...

January 2, 2015

Last month, The Educator’s Room published an article written by Jeremy Adams in which he lamented the “panacea du jour” approach to education, the way everyone seems to have the solution to our troubled schools: highly trained teachers, accountability, Common Core, lon...

August 28, 2014

The structure of our schools has changed very little in over 150 years. Across the United States, students spend an average of 6.6 hours per day in school (Rhode Island is one of five states where students spend less than 6.3 hours in school each day; in Texas, student...

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