No Plan Survives Contact With Reality

Is it possible to plan too far ahead? Every day or two, I read a Facebook post along these lines: "My child is 16 months old. I'm worried about how I will teach Math, History, and Science." What does a child learn at 16 months? Depends, but it probably includes learning new words, learning to… Continue reading No Plan Survives Contact With Reality

Let Our Children Go!

Wow, a lot of outcry about the Free Range Kids movement! I want to thank Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids, and others, for raising awareness of this issue.  If you're just now hearing, the Meitiv children were kidnapped by men wearing blue suits and badges, and threatened with removal from their home, for the… Continue reading Let Our Children Go!

Better Language For Better Math Skills

There is a lot of meat in this article about kids and early math learning, but today I shall focus on one aspect: the difference between the English language and some others. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children… Continue reading Better Language For Better Math Skills

Building Scholastic Culture In The Family

Many people who talk about "culture wars" are like bulls distracted by a red cape: aiming at the wrong place entirely. They're looking for certain results instead of methods; at ends rather than means. This way leads to confusion. A growing body of research about education is finally paying attention to the crucial role of… Continue reading Building Scholastic Culture In The Family

What Are We, Chopped Liver?

The literature of schooling - self-styled "education" by its proponents - is a literature which at best ignores parents, and often disparages their participation. We parents are left asking "What are we, chopped liver?" There is a certain bitter amusement to read of the "30 million word" research, that educators spent so much effort trying… Continue reading What Are We, Chopped Liver?

The Word Deficit and the Tar Pit

Who knew? It turns out that one of the biggest differences between children of well-to-do vs. poor parents, is that the latter children have a serious deficit of words. Well-off children, on average, hear about 30 million more words in the first three years of their lives. This article explains some of the research. Children… Continue reading The Word Deficit and the Tar Pit