Blog Posts in 2016

  • 5 Things that make high school sports awesome

    Many people tend to take a fairly limited view of high school athletics. The risk of injuries, such as concussions, tends to generate a lot of attention, not to mention headlines. Other aspects draw ...
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  • Homeschooling continues to grow

    The number of children in the US being homeschooled has doubled since 1999, with almost two million kids now getting their education from home. The US Department of Education’s National Center for ...
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  • Study: Young brains physically affected by stress

    Surely by now everyone is aware of the effects that stress can have on the health and minds of young people. Already there are common physical symptoms associated with sleep, ranging from high blood ...
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  • Daring ideas for school reforms

    School reform has been hotly debated in K-12 education circles for some years now. Mostly, however, the resulting efforts have focused on structure, for instance funding charter schools and reining in ...
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  • Questions to ask at a job interview

    When applying for any sort of job whether a part-time job, a summer job or even just an internship, it’s standard practice to prepare to answer questions. But in truth, it can really help your ...
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  • Common Core: A view from Japan

    Ever since Common Core was introduced in the United States, school boards and administrators have been desperate to find new ways to raise the learning levels of their students, especially in math. ...
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  • Bullying: A Historical Case

    We tend to think of bullying as a modern phenomenon, a product of public schools and the Internet. Bullying, however, has deep roots that go back to the dawn of civilization. Tales abound in history ...
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  • How to ace a job interview

    Nowadays it’s rare to sit for an interview as part of a college admission. Only a handful of schools bother anymore, mostly because they just get too many applicants for it to be practical. Being ...
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  • Advice for de-stressing a teen

    Growing up has never been easy. Teens have been experiencing stress for generations, but these days, we have data that gives us a clearer picture of what’s going on among today’s teens, in part thanks ...
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  • Preparing your child for a future career

    Every parent wants their child to be successful in life: to succeed academically, socially, spiritually, in every way possible. Included in that list is the desire of every parent to be rest assured ...
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  • Professional Development: An untapped market?

    Professional development days are a staple of school life. Students get a day off, parents scramble for childcare, and teachers sit in a stuffy room and become students. In truth, however, ...
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  • Remembering Roald Dahl

    September 13th is Roald Dahl Day, and in fact the 2016 version marks 100 years since the author was born. So let’s take a look at the man and his work, and what it all means. A common thread winding ...
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  • Learning to work with Common Core

    Of the many controversies in American education, few are more intense than the issue of Common Core. But whether you’re a fan or a critic, Common Core is a thing that exists, and there are some facts ...
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  • The other learning exceptionality: Poverty

    Parents, students and educators are well aware of a great many learning exceptionalities nowadays. We’ve all heard of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and so many more issues that affect academic performance. But ...
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  • Getting ready for a new school year

    Is it back to school time already? Yes it is! But while a lot of people tend to focus on things like school clothes and school supplies, there are some other steps you can take to help ensure a happy ...
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  • Just what is stress, exactly?

    Stress is a huge part of our lives. There’s just no escaping it. Young, old, rich, poor, it doesn’t matter -- we all experience it from time to time. Sometimes it affects us very badly. But what ...
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  • It's time to stop struggling with math

    There’s just no getting around it: if you want to go to college or university, you’re going to have to have at least some math credits under your belt. In theory you might be able to find a way of ...
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  • Don't start stressing about college too early

    We’re used to high school seniors to feel stress about the college application process. It can seem overwhelming: the ACT, the SAT, extracurriculars, charity work, tests, assignments, presentations, ...
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  • News Item: Helping with homework usually backfires

    It may seem like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: your kid has homework and needs help, so you sit down with them and provide a helping hand. Many of us can remember sitting with our own parents ...
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  • The pros and cons of taking a year to travel

    Many countries have a “gap year” tradition, whether it involves backpacking across a foreign country or getting a job and saving money. Mostly the idea is to gain practical experience of living and ...
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  • Looking at volunteering? Think big!

    Volunteering can be a huge part of a high schooler’s life -- indeed many school boards won’t graduate you if you haven’t put in your hours. But instead of simply signing up with a local charity and ...
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  • Is something up with the ACT exam?

    In a recent Washington Post article , students expressed dismay in the scores reported for the essay section of the ACT exam. Many young people who have previously reported good grades and positive ...
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  • "Finding Dory" and the exceptional child

    [WARNING: this post contains tons of spoilers!] Dory is a fish, and she has a problem. You see, she doesn’t really have any short-term memory. That means you can have a conversation with her, but ...
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  • Thinking of homeschooling? Here are some tips

    Homeschooling is growing in popularity, with almost two million homeschooled students in North America alone. This is up from less than one million in 1999. But before jumping on board the ...
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  • Schooling in the "good old days" was very different

    Times have changed in public schools -- times have changed a lot. Yes, we have computers nowadays, and smartboards, and tons of standardized testing, and so much more knowledge about how people learn ...
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