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Crib Notes: The smoke and mirrors of GPAs

In his essay ‘”Where All Grades are Above Average” former Duke University professor Stuart Rojstaczer wrote, “The last time I gave a C was more than two years ago. That was about the time I came to realize that my grading had become anachronistic. The C, once commonly accepted, is now the equivalent of the […]

Comments Off / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: The smart phone standoff

At long last we’ve found a happy medium. My seventh-grader got his much-desired smart phone this summer and everything I dreaded about it hasn’t happened (knock on wood). He’s not on it 24/7 or even head down, zoned out, while we’re in public places. That was our first social stipulation about getting such a device. […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: The Hundred Foot Journey is just what we all need

As political, social and religious wars rage around the world and we hear of the bloodshed of children, the most innocent among us, most other topics seem petty to discuss. Yet the new film “The Hundred Foot Journey” is just what the world needs right now. I’ll even predict this movie will be nominated for […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Summer Lessons

As we sat around the campfire in Santa Cruz last weekend I pulled out an old Girl Scout goody for the 11 kids in our party. My Aunt Tilly, she died last night, she died last night, did she die?  At first the kids didn’t know what I meant, or why sometimes the answer is […]

Comments Off / July 03, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Every Sunday could be Father’s Day

My uncle is in the end stages of ALS and was moved into comfort care this week. Though my dad has four daughters, the family he created with my mom, he’s said it’s a lonely feeling to be losing the last remaining member of his original family. At 67 years old, my dad’s even used […]

1 Comment / June 05, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Middle school phone wars

The verdict is still out whether or not the MTV effect will work on my sixth-grader. When I was his age my mom delayed letting me watch MTV long enough that by the time I had the freedom to watch it, I’d never developed the habit and lost interest. My son still doesn’t have a […]

2 Comments / May 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Play games to give kids a head start in school

When my oldest child turned 1, a friend gave him alphabet magnets for his birthday. We placed them on the refrigerator and he’d reach for them, so we moved them lower, showing him first how magnets work. Soon they ended up on the kitchen floor and seeing the 26 letters brought the ordering of them […]

Comments Off / April 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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