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Crib Notes: A homeschooling summer

As I’m gearing up to have four kids home all summer, I’m remembering what it took me a few previous summers to realize. There just isn’t as much time to hang out with them during the traditional school year and there are lots of things to learn that don’t happen in a classroom. Before they […]

Comments Off / May 10, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Bring back this education trend

Lectures gave way to project-based learning. Straight rows of desks preceded clustered tables and group work. I remember while in a California teaching credential program in the mid-90s, the multiple intelligences were the latest trend in education. Future teachers were told to look at the whole child and to remember that essays and written tests […]

Comments Off / April 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: What’s the point of youth sports?

Finally, someone’s speaking out on the increasing madness of youth sports. Last week the El Dorado Hills Community Services District notified parent coaches that a former professional athlete turned coach, now father of two, would be speaking at Harris Center for the Arts. During a national lecture tour promoting his book “Changing the Game: The […]

Comments Off / March 04, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Oscar nominees a sign of times

“This movie has no plot,” my husband said as we watched “Boyhood,” a best picture contender that follows a child and his family spanning from when he’s 6 until he’s 18 (yes, the same actors were filmed for several days a year for 12 years!) I didn’t protest because of the large lump in my […]

Comments Off / February 08, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Do something

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about advice another mother shared years ago. In so many words she said when someone is going through a hard time, the worst thing we can do is nothing. We shouldn’t hide because it’s uncomfortable or we don’t want to be a bother. She shared how people said and […]

Comments Off / January 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: What raising a puppy has taught my kids about parenting

When I was 6 years old my parents told my three sisters and me we were adopting a baby boy. When I got off the school bus the day of our much-anticipated special delivery my mom was there to greet us. “Meet your new little brother,” she smiled, pointing to what would become our faithful […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Let’s separate the issues with Common Core

Do the Common Core State Standards provide the rigor American education as a whole lacks? Or are they a step back for academic progress, dumbing our kids further down the educational food chain? Some even believe they’re a sinister scheme to nationalize the education system and do away with states’ rights. The only thing federal […]

1 Comment / November 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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