Category Archives: First Day of School

Epistemology: the Heart of a Good Curriculum

What if “epistemology” were written on the whiteboard on the first day of school, and referred to every day after that? What if “To know how you know what you think you know” were universally understood as the point of a curriculum? What … Continue reading

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Stop Parenting and Be a Parent Part 2

Build a relationship and create a collaborative family When did “parent” become a verb? Somehow I missed the moment. Everyone seems to be telling parents how to parent as if it were an unnatural act. That might be okay, except … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Readiness

How should we prepare kids for kindergarten? Concerned that so many kids are “unprepared,” for kindergarten the Education Coalition of Decatur has come up with a checklist of skills: (1) academic (e.g. write name, recognize letters, sounds, colors and shapes), … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being New at Rosh Hashanah

 Genius: (n) the tutelary spirit of a person, place or institution.  At sundown yesterday, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year started. I always felt that it was part of the genius of Judaism that they had the wisdom to start the … Continue reading

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Overparenting: How Not to Get Kids Ready for School

Last school year, I saw a young mother and father in the Decatur Public Library leaning forward over a small table overparenting their three-year-old daughter as she tried to put together the puzzle of an alligator with 26 green pieces … Continue reading

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