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The ultimate helicopter mom -- college admissions category

A college admissions director tells a hilarious story of helicopter parenting.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  College Admissions, Parents  | Tags:  admissions process, application process, college admissions, college applications, college interviews, helicopter mothers, helicopter parents, student interviews  
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Legislation: Teachers should grade parents

In the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up category, a Florida (of course) state legislator is pushing legislation that would require some elementary school teachers to grade parents on how involved they are at their children's schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 31, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Parents, Teachers  | Tags:  bill for teachers to grade parents, florida bill teachers, florida legislature, florida schools, legislation teachers parents, parents, teachers, teachers grading parents  
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Parents as tigers and wimps: Cycles in child rearing and schooling

An educator explains how the media hullabaloo over Amy Chua’s 'Tiger Mom' and angry rebuttals from many parents (and grandparents) are at the root of the traditional vs. progressive cyclical conflicts that have ebbed and flowed over what reforms work best in U.S. schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 27, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Cuban, Parents, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  amy chua, battle hymn of the tiger mother, history of school reform, larry cuban, parenting, parenting techniques, school reform, tiger mom, tiger mother  
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How to talk to kids about violence

High-profile acts of violence can scare and confuse children. Here is advice on how to talk with them about the Arizona shooting rampage.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 12, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Parents  | Tags:  arizona shooting, gabby giffords, gabrielle giffords, jared lee loughner, loughner, school psychologists, talking to kids about violence, tucson shootings  
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Willingham: When teachers speak unwelcome truths about your child

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about why parents should listen to their child's teachers -- especially when they don't like what they hear.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 20, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Parents, Teachers  | Tags:  daniel willingham, parents, report cards, teachers  
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Will firing 5-10 percent of teachers make us Finland?

Michelle Rhee and Bill Gates like to say that our public schools would become high-performing if we only fired the bottom 5-10 percent of teachers. Here's an examination of that notion.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Matthew Di Carlo, Parents, Research  | Tags:  assessing teachers, bill gates, eric hanushek, evaluating teachers, finland, michelle rhee, shankar blog, teachers  
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Older Entries in This Category »

The 'Parent Trigger' doesn't help schools or parents, Valerie Strauss , December 14, 2010
A system to tell how your kid is doing in school, Valerie Strauss , December 2, 2010
First blame the teachers, then the parents, Valerie Strauss , December 1, 2010
Teaching college kids to 'pilot their own helicopter' , Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
Why paying parents to attend school events is wrong , Valerie Strauss , September 1, 2010
Surviving back-to-school night, Valerie Strauss , August 31, 2010
Tunisia bans spanking (even by parents), Valerie Strauss , July 23, 2010
'Beach Week' is upon us: the event and the book , Valerie Strauss , June 2, 2010
California may jail parents if kids are truant, Valerie Strauss , May 14, 2010
What should happen to kids who sext?, Valerie Strauss , April 16, 2010
How about merit pay for parents?, Valerie Strauss , March 30, 2010
Parents spending time with kids: Good and bad news, Valerie Strauss , March 25, 2010
A guide to help you advocate for your child, Valerie Strauss , March 9, 2010
Teaching kids about quakes, tsunamis, Valerie Strauss , February 27, 2010
Talk to kids about Haiti tragedy, Valerie Strauss , January 14, 2010
Tread carefully when snow flies , Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2010
Should parents volunteer at affluent schools? , Valerie Strauss , January 7, 2010
Warning signs of violence at school, Valerie Strauss , December 11, 2009
The problem with 'Oprah as Teacher', Valerie Strauss , November 20, 2009
Why it is so important to read aloud to your kids, Valerie Strauss , November 11, 2009
The rush to hold kids back – does it make sense?, Valerie Strauss , November 9, 2009
Tutors for 3-year-olds and more preschool nuttiness, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2009
When do kids need cell phones? Maybe never , Valerie Strauss , October 22, 2009
THE LIST: How NOT to Raise Kids, Valerie Strauss , October 16, 2009
SPOTLIGHT: Getting Kids Home Safely From School, Valerie Strauss , October 14, 2009
Every Parent's Nightmare, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2009
Is It Tougher Being a Kid Today?, Valerie Strauss , October 7, 2009
Moms: Which Years Would You Like to Stay Home?, Valerie Strauss , October 1, 2009
THE GROUP: The Extracurricular Activity Problem, Valerie Strauss , October 1, 2009
Packing School Lunches for Picky Eaters, Valerie Strauss , September 30, 2009
High School Senior Tells Adults: Get Off Facebook!, Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2009
THE GROUP: How Much Is Too Much Screen Time?, Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2009
THE GROUP: When Do You Tell on Another Child?, Valerie Strauss , September 10, 2009
School Fashion Issues Start Early--And Don't Go Away, Valerie Strauss , September 9, 2009
Teach Your Child to Be Their Own Advocate, Valerie Strauss , September 8, 2009
THE GROUP: Dreading the School Year, Valerie Strauss , September 3, 2009
Stop Sending Sick Kids to School, Valerie Strauss , September 1, 2009
New Rules for Back- to-School Night , Valerie Strauss , August 31, 2009
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