COULD OUR FAMILY BE DYSFUNCTIONAL? At least since psychology discovered that emotional-social dysfunction frequently begins with childhood trauma, parents have blamed themselves for children’s antisocial behavior. Since no family (or family member) is consistently flawless, some people see “dysfunction” in every argument and thoughtless word. It’s all too possible to create a self-fulfilling … [Read more...] about COULD OUR FAMILY BE DYSFUNCTIONAL?
REACHING OUT TO HIGH-RISK STUDENTS When COVID-19 outbreaks forced schools to switch to all-virtual teaching for spring 2020, low-income families faced yet another obstacle in the battle to ensure equal education for their children. Limited computer availability, parents in low-paying service jobs, and dysfunctional family situations all compromised the home-based learning environment by depriving … [Read more...] about REACHING OUT TO HIGH-RISK STUDENTS
OFFSITE EDUCATION ON LIMITED RESOURCES When “going to school” is not an option, today’s standard solution is easily stated: Exchange old-style classes for virtual classes. Easily stated, but not always easily implemented. There are numerous reasons why teachers, students, and parents may find the situation more complicated than simply clicking on an app: The family doesn’t even … [Read more...] about OFFSITE EDUCATION ON LIMITED RESOURCES
A WORLD OF CHANGING EDUCATION Once upon a time, there were two options for schooling: kids learned at home by imitating what their parents did (and grew up to do the same work); or they trained for other careers by serving as apprentices or going away to universities. Career changes were all but unheard of. Once upon a time, families lived spread out on farms. Children either learned … [Read more...] about A WORLD OF CHANGING EDUCATION
PREPARING CHILDREN FOR THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATION If your children recently graduated from elementary school, middle school, perhaps even just their old grade level—you’re both probably looking toward the next term with some anxiety. Will the kids be able to handle new peers, new teachers, new ways of doing things? Will teachers and administrators expect too much? For good or ill, stress is … [Read more...] about PREPARING CHILDREN FOR THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATION