Category Archives: Sometimes a Great Notion

This is where we will find success stories – with students, teachers, families – and yes – once in awhile – a particular school, or district which has overcome adversity to provide a winning agenda. You may also find postings regarding proposes POSITIVE changes to and for the education system suggested or presented by both public and private individuals. HEY – if nothing else – look at the work of people such as Kim Allsup. Yeah – Kim is here too.

Oh yes… this is the place you will also find single image posts, which may be quite suggestive in nature – for both positive and/or negative effect.

Mike Rowe Says Death of Shop Class Is Why Country Has $1.6 Trillion in Student Debt

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe said in a Thursday interview that the death of shop class is to blame for the country’s $1.6 trillion in student loan debt.

Rowe joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business to discuss his new book, The Way I Heard It, and was asked why there are “seven million unfilled jobs in our country.” Continue reading

Students Learn Way More Effectively From Print Textbooks Than Screens

Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks. Continue reading

Thing You Can Do

Reading plays an integral role in developing our intelligence and problem-solving and analytical skills. Good reasons to do more of it.

We’ve all had it embedded within us since the day we were born: The only way to become smarter, no matter what you study or where you are, is to read. What few people tell us, however, is why reading plays such an integral role in developing our intelligence, problem-solving, and analytical skills, and our ability to understand others with alacrity.

Why, then, is this hobby – one that gets more and more difficult to maintain as we get older – so crucial to maintaining our brain function and improving our overall intelligence?  Continue reading

School completely bans mobile phones and teachers say kids’ behaviour changes

Even teachers are not allowed to use their phones ~ Unfortunately, it is not in the U.S.

Ysgol John Bright, Llandudno

A school said its total ban on pupils using mobile phones has improved exam results and behaviour The ban, which has been running for a year, has “made a massive difference” said Ann Webb, headteacher at Ysgol John Bright, in Llandudno .

The strict rule applies at any time during the school day, even during breaks or at lunchtime. Staff are also asked not to use mobile phones in front of pupils. Continue reading

5th Graders Learn Powerful Life Lessons by Writing Letters to Cancer Survivors

This teacher wants his students to know that even the smallest act matters.

This October, students at Abbey Lane Elementary School in Levittown, New York, will take on a project that helps make the lives of cancer patients, survivors, and their families just a little bit brighter. They’re writing letters to cancer survivors to give them hope and encouragement. Continue reading

School Is Not Supposed to Be Fun All the Time

School is not Disneyland

I’m working on writing a middle grade book. I love to write. I read loads of middle grade books. I’ve friended every middle grade author I know on Facebook and enjoy reading about them. But when I sit down to write, it’s not that fun. In fact, it’s frustrating and stressful and time-consuming. Because the truth is that hard work isn’t really that much fun. Continue reading

Malawian Teen Taught Himself How To Build A Windmill From Junk…

…Brought Power To His Village, ALL Learned From Library Books!

William Kamkwamba

We are joining a call from Anonomous who posted a very simple message, they say the media is blacking out the importance of Malawian Teen William Kamkwamba. He taught himself how to build a windmill from junk, brought power to his village, learned from books he read in the library!

He was a simple farmer, he hadn’t see a computer and certainly not many white people in his life. But his mind prevailed and his inventions made lives better. Continue reading

Democracy in crisis: Unshackle schools from test results

… give children the chance to form opinions

Young people need space to discuss and debate topics without worrying about marks or grades. Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images

If political headlines globally are anything to go by, it seems democracy is at risk. Totalitarian views are on the rise. Far-right parties and leaders have gained voters in many countries. And decisions are being made by law courts or by technical experts from international economic organisations. And people, particularly young people, feel they do not have a say. So it’s not surprising then that governments are turning their attention to schools as a potential cure. Continue reading

Texas Students Will Have to Learn Cursive Again Starting This Fall

The continuous invention of gadgets and the advancement of modern technology made many academic practices obsolete and old-fashioned. Many districts and schools in the world have taken off handwriting in their curriculum. They replaced cursive skills and old calligraphy with proficiency in writing on a keyboard. Additionally, many outdoor activities have been taken out and replaced with more screen time, making Generation Z miss out on a lot of stuff. Continue reading

The silent tragedy affecting today’s children

…and what to do with it

I know that many would choose not to hear what I say in the article, but your children need you to hear this message. Even if you disagree with my perspective, please, just follow the recommendations at the end of the article. Once you see the positive changes in your child’s life, you will understand why I say what I say! ~ V.P.

There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels – our children. Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed this tragedy unfolding right in front of my eyes. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Continue reading

Mother Miriam urges parents to pull kids from public school: ‘I don’t know of anything more urgent

During her daily live show yesterday, Mother Miriam challenged parents to uphold their duty as primary educators of their children. She alerted parents to the fact that today’s schools are filled with evil and that it is the first and foremost duty of parents to protect their kids.

“It has to do with you being a proper mom and dad to your children…You, no matter what the situation is, are responsible for the growth of your children in faith,” she said. Continue reading

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment

Every parent knows the difference a year makes in the development and maturity of a young child. A one-year-old is barely walking while a two-year-old gleefully sprints away from you. A four-year-old is always moving, always imagining, always asking why, while a five-year-old may start to sit and listen for longer stretches. Continue reading

Allsup: Why is this post going viral?

As we enter the school year, this. Only this.

What you see above is a post on my Facebook page, Growing Children.

In 3.5 days it has reached more than 251,000 people. My page has only about 3,500 followers, so I think this amounts to going viral. And it’s still going.

It’s going viral because people know that it’s totally unnecessary to sacrifice a healthy childhood on the altar of test-oriented schooling. And they are fed up with academics in preschool, lost recesses and testing, testing, testing. And teaching to tests. And the mindset that learning is about performing for a reward like a trained seal. Continue reading