Tag Archives: learning to read

Management Kills Education

I love No Child Left Behind. In May of 2002 I visited our local public school, hung out on the playground and just generally lurked. As the kids were waiting to go home at the end of the day, I … Continue reading

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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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More Pre School? Yes! Let’s do it Right.

One spring day Alicia, teacher of 24 pre school three and four-year-olds noticed that Tjaard, who had just turned four, was starting to sound out the words on the message board, when he came in each morning. When she gave … 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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How to Get Our Children Reading

Yesterday, my wonderful daughter, the professor, sent me the following article in CNN Opinion by James Patterson that nails the issue of learning to read, and I heartily recommend it: “How to get your kid to be a fanatic reader.” Please … Continue reading

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