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'Gifted' classrooms and the value of diversity

I'm not sure I learned directly from a teacher until I got to the 7th grade, where a guy named Mr. Nascembeni dared to teach "social studies" as a class that was strikingly similar to a college-level Anthropology 101 course. My previous 7 years of academic achievement were utterly pedestrian:...

By Brian Reid | December 14, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (72)

Raising little artists when dad is artistically challenged

One of the best parts of adulthood is that I am no longer graded on my ability to draw. For whatever reason, I never really got past the stick-figure stage. Fortunately, I now live in an adult world where PowerPoint can cover up my freehand liabilities and stick figures are...

By Brian Reid | November 17, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

When Kids Control the Conversation

When I was a kid, parent-teacher conferences and back-to-school nights always made me feel like something was going on behind my back. I didn't have anything to hide, really, so I wasn't afraid my teachers were telling my parents anything incriminating. Still, I couldn't shake the knowledge that a couple...

By Jen Chaney | October 14, 2009; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (37)

Little Girls, College Guys -- and Nervous Parents

By Brian Reid When we moved, a year ago, there were certain trappings of D.C., that we wanted to maintain. I kept my cellphone number. We held onto our house. And we wanted to work like heck to ensure that our eldest child didn't lose the Spanish skills she'd built...

By Brian Reid | August 20, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (61)

A Moon Shot for the New Generation?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Full confession: I wasn't alive for the moon landing, and -- for the most part -- none of the parents in my peer group were old enough to really remember those edge-of-the-seat days in July 1969. But that hasn't kept my friends from celebrating the 40th...

By Brian Reid | July 23, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

The Special Education Ruling

Last month, the Supreme Court found that parents of children with disabilities may seek reimbursement for private school tuition even if the child has never received special education or related services from the school district. The Supreme Court ruling has left lots of questions for parents of special education students...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 6, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Will Budget Cuts Leave Kids Behind?

It's school budget season, and that means that word has been trickling out county-by-county of the changes we'll see at schools thanks to the downwardly spiraling economy. Regionwide, teachers are looking at frozen salaries. But that's far from all the cost-cutting we'll see. Increased class sizes, lost teaching and academic...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 10, 2009; 12:07 AM ET | Comments (45)


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