• Home Schooling

    Number of kids being homeschooled spiked last year, with major increase in Black families

    (WXYZ) — School shutdowns have resulted in a number of families opting for homeschooling. Michigan’s public schools lost more than 60,000 students in the fall of 2020, and enrollment is continuing to drop. The switch to homeschooling is growing more diverse, and it could benefit some communities like Detroit, where only 16{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of kids are reading at grade level in third grade. When the pandemic hit, the last-minute switch to virtual learning made matters worse, and many students checked out and dropped out. Since spring of 2020, the number of households choosing independent parent & child-led homeschooling has doubled, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey – from 5.4{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} to…

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    Homeschooling Educates Kids & Strengthen Families

    (Halfpoint/Getty Images) He should reject one Harvard professor’s recent call to put what has proven to be a lifesaving method of education during the pandemic under government scrutiny. Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet gained notoriety last April when her law-review article calling for a “presumptive ban” of homeschooling went viral. That was, of course, right around when another notorious viral event began to unfold, causing worldwide school closures. In 2020, homeschooling became an educational safe harbor for millions of children and parents who suddenly found themselves home together. Indeed, this past pandemic year may have permanently changed the educational landscape in America, as many of those who sought the refuge…

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  • Science

    Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says These 7 Habits Lead to Incredible Outcomes

    It all started years ago, when I first learned my wife and I were going to be parents: I began collecting science-based parenting advice, both here on Inc.com and in my continuously updated (free) e-book, How to Raise Successful Kids, now in its 7th edition. Here are seven of the most interesting and useful studies that I’ve found, along with the habits they find successful parents often practice: 1.    Teach kids to take pride in their effort, not their gifts. Of all the advice I’ve shared over the years, this is the habit that prompts the most replies — not from parents who don’t think it works, but from adults…

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  • Education

    Social-Justice Coursework Miseducates Kids | National Review

    (Chris Ryan/Getty Images) Increasingly popular curricula don’t just miseducate our kids. They prepare them poorly for adulthood. A parent, Ndona Muboyayi, recently told Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic the following story about her son: “My son has wanted to be a lawyer since he was 11. Then one day he came home and told me, ‘But Mommy, there are these systems put in place that prevent Black people from accomplishing anything.’ That’s what they’re teaching Black kids: that all of this time for the past 400 years, this is what [white people have] done to you and your people. The narrative is, ‘You can’t get ahead.’” Such stories are becoming…

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  • Online School

    Kids, school and online posts | Local Columnists

    In a case that began with a teenager’s Snapchat rant against her cheerleading squad, the Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether and when a school can punish students for what they say online when they aren’t in school. We hope that the court will say: very rarely. In 2017 a student known in court filings as B.L. was upset when she failed to make the varsity cheerleading team at a Pennsylvania school. Away from school she posted on Snapchat a photo of her and a friend giving the middle finger. Accompanying the photo was this message: “F— school, F— softball, F— cheer, F— everything.” Snapchat is designed to delete messages…

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  • Online School

    Staci Turner’s connection to middle school kids vital to teaching them online

    Teaching middle schoolers can be quite a challenge. They are right at the angsty age where they are really finding out who they will become in the next few years before heading off to high school. Those in seventh and eighth grade are often more self-aware than elementary school students, and in some cases, more serious than their high school counterparts. One teacher rising to the task and striking an almost perfect balance is Lee Middle School’s own Staci Turner. “She is an incredibly caring person and has provided a lot of that social-emotional support to our students and our staff,” said Lee Principal Shelley Friery. “She goes above and…

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    Teachers, kids share powerful quotes

    From grade school to graduate school, developing young minds in close physical proximity halted abruptly in mid-March 2020. What happened next to schools and families was devastating and electrifying, thought-provoking and quieting, unifying and isolating. Homes became entire worlds. Working parents juggled daytime teaching. College students studied from childhood bedrooms. Millions of kindergartners started school in a format previously unfathomable: Zoom. Teachers shifted to nurturing and encouraging through screens – with little training. Many hunted down students in person to ensure they were safe, fed and outfitted with resources to learn. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a set of real-world lessons too close and too fresh to be captured by textbooks: How does one manage lives lost? Calculate the…

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