Building A Better Student: 32 Tracks

A famous rock star allegedly claimed that 32-track recording was ridiculous because the average person can’t distinguish the sound of more than eight tracks. He was convinced that the rest were wasted. We generally live a life of overkill, and it begins quite early. We plead for the 64-count box of crayons, and wind up […]

Building a Better Student: The Social Swamp

For a lot of students, school is just an excuse to stretch their social muscles. Too often it’s the only reason they still get up and go each day. They’ve completely checked out of the educational aspect, and simply live for the social interaction with their friends. Social pressure on kids is daunting, but it […]

How Do You Spell Apathy?

On a popular social media site I found a post from a good friend, describing her night out at a favorite restaurant. The first comment she received from someone said – and I’m reporting it exactly as I saw it – “Where you really their? We we’re their to!” Yikes! Curious, I clicked on the […]

Renewal by Harold Kwalwasser Has a Plan for Our Public Schools

I was recently sent a copy of the book Renewal by Harold Kwalwasser. The book lays out a very detailed analysis of our current public school system. Discussed are the teachers, students, parents, and administration as well as state and federal governments. It’s not the easiest read in the world, but wow. It’s the most […]

Do We Overthink Our Parenting?

Whether or not I’m a good Mom is very important, both to me and ultimately to my kids. Heck, it’s important to my future grandkids as well. If you go to a bookstore and look in the family section, you can find a LOT of books on parenting. Just type the word parenting into a […]

I’m Not Raising Bottom-Dwellers

There’s a conversation I have with the boys….often. The nutshell version: boys claim to be overworked and underpaid. I laugh in their faces. They’re unhappy, they complain about how difficult life is. I laugh some more and insist they do whatever task is before them. Sometimes I get frustrated. Okay well, frequently I get frustrated […]