Grandfather, educator, businessperson, writing to understand our world and to make it a better place
Nightmare: When Did We Start to Hate One Another?
I wish it were simply a nightmare. At least you can wake up and shake it off. But there is no waking up from the hate that smolders in America. Somewhere in our past, we took a wrong turn, ending up in a dark alley with no way out. How else did we end up with a nation so divided that a significant number of citizens want to break the US up into new countries?
Conservative’s Choice — A White-Washed History
Everybody remembers the conservative version of history we got in kindergarten. Native Americans and colonists shared the first Thanksgiving feast, sitting around a giant, rustic table singing hymns while holding hands. We all got it again in the fifth grade, our second dose of sanitized American History.
Simple Math-Magic for Preschoolers
A strong foundation in math is critical to your child’s success in school and an essential gateway into many careers. Students in the US are struggling to build that foundation, and far too many reach middle school without vital number concepts.
How to Jumpstart Reading for Your Kids and Grand Kids
Reading — the most essential life skill Reading is the most essential life skill a child should learn in school— but don’t wait until kindergarten to get started. There is something called “reading readiness” that begins at home. When kids arrive at school without it, the deficiency is readily apparent to their kindergarten teacher.
Only Parents Can Guarantee the Success of their Kids
Are charter schools the answer? Everyone has had a great deal of contact with public education. Everyone is an expert — or so they think. We began a grand tradition in the United States to educate everyone. Many people would argue that our experiment has failed.