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Category: Education

Making the Most of the Parent-Teacher Conference

Making the Most of the Parent-Teacher Conference

Along with pumpkin carvings, buying candy for Halloween and the raking of leaves, this time of year brings fall conferences with teachers.  It’s a time for parents to check in to see how their children are doing so far. Chris Bethell is a San Francisco father of five (9-year-old, 11-year old, 18-year-old twins and 20-year [...]

Is College Still Affordable?

Is College Still Affordable?

Imagine if your rent or mortgage went up 15%.  Or your car payment. Or your grocery bill.  It would hurt.  15% is a big number.  That’s how much on average the price of a 4-year public university has gone up, according to the US Department of Education.  In some states, that price hike is as [...]

There’s a Time and Place for Common Sense

There’s a Time and Place for Common Sense

Eric Dompierre is one of the smaller guys on the Ishpeming High School basketball team in Michigan.  He’s 5’1 and 130 lbs.  He doesn’t get much playing time. In fact, he really only plays when his school’s team is well ahead of its opponent.  But Dean Dompierre, Eric’s Dad, told me that he puts his [...]

When running late could land you in jail

When running late could land you in jail

On good days we make it to my son’s preschool with moments to spare.  Other days we get bogged down and are running late.  Where is my son’s coat?  Where are the car keys?  Did I fill up my daughter’s milk bottle so she can have that on the way? It’s a scenario, common in [...]

10 states walk away from NCLB

10 states walk away from NCLB

Last week I was having dinner with a friend who is a teacher in Washington, DC.  The topic turned to No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the education reform law that passed in 2002 with bipartisan support. It required states to establish standards in reading and math and ensure all students were either at or exceeding [...]