Category Archives: High School Admission

The “Soft,” “Non-Cognitive” Skills are Hard, Cognitive and Critical

 The soft, non-cognitive curriculum is neither soft, nor non-cognitive, nor a curriculum. One afternoon I met a fifth grade teacher grading papers and writing report cards in a café. When I greeted him he didn’t say “Hi,” but waving Maya’s … Continue reading

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When Schooling is an Education, School Bullying Isn’t Even an Issue

 May I Ask Where You’re Going With All This? A New Yorker cartoon shows a teacher at a blackboard with numbers on it: 2 + 2 = 4, and 5 – 3 = 2, and 2 + 3 = 5, … 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

Posted in Achievement, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Children, Decision Making, Education, First Day of School, Fun, Genius, High School Admission, parent anxiety, Parenting, Play, Preschool, Responsibility, Self-determination, Stress, Success, summer learning, Teaching | 19 Comments

Should Parents Give Their Children Books For Christmas, or?

 Love When I was nine and my father asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said, “Something I can build and then when it’s built I can play with it.” Fifty years later, when my wife asked me what … Continue reading

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Making Better Schools is a Local Enterprise

In the summer of 1974 I became principal of my first school. It was in trouble—such trouble, in fact, that I was the only person they could find to be its principal. Demographic change had hit the school hard. White … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Authority, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Children, Creativity, Decision Making, Discipline, Diversity, Education, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Failure, Genius, Greatness, High School Admission, Joy, Leadership, Learning community, Mistakes, Parenting, Play, Project learning, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Standards, Success, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments