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Preschool classrooms look a lot like the modern work work.

“Work is increasingly like preschool. Sharing and neotiating matter. Preschool classrooms look a lot like the modern work work. Work, meanwhile, has become more like preschool”. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/upshot/how-the-modern-workplace-has-become-more-like-preschool.html?_r=0 To those of you who attend our yearly mandatory Kindergarten Bound meeting and participate in the marshmallow test while listening to James Heckman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, […]

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SHAME ON YOU. Pointing fingers at human beings with spectrum disorders to explain psy·cho·path·ic violence, in order to be reassured, is shameful at best.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/opinion/the-myth-of-the-autistic-shooter.html?_r=0     I am going to ignore all warnings to not jump into the political ring. This is not about politics. This is about human beings. As a community role model, educator, and parent I can not stand still. I am, after all, the boss of my body and this is exactly what we […]

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For years I have been very concerned. Now I am worried. Imagine when the college students have children

In 2010, a team at the University of Michigan led by the psychologist Sara Konrath put together the findings of 72 studies that were conducted over a 30-year period. They found a 40 percent decline in empathy among college students, with most of the decline taking place after 2000. Please read this article…Stop Googling. Let’s […]

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Let the Kids Learn Through Play

“Starting academics too soon may slow emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps even souring kids desire to learn.” We know this. We have always known this. For the past 24 years, all of our parents with preschool graduates know this. All of our preschool graduates know this, which is the most important knowing of […]

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“What voice do they have, if any?”

Read this article from today’s New York Time’s OP-TALK, by Anna North  This is the sentence that stays with me…. Improving education in America will require “asking about the environment in which kids are placed, what kids are being asked to learn, how they’re being taught, what voice they have, if any, in the experience”.. […]

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