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Good Parent Involvement _ Bad Parent Involvement

Dec 01, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

GrantedI don't know all the details, but let's just say that I suspect this Atlanta mom might be a tad bit too involved in Junior's school work.Proudly jumping into the dumpster to retrievea science project? Hand-delivering s... Read more
Thanksgiving Wishes, Jokes and a couple of activities for the kids...

Nov 25, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in, Fun Learning Activities

Why'd the Pilgrim's pants fall down? Because his belt buckle was on his hat! Nice, right?That killed 'em at my house, though admittedly my audience of grade schoolers and below laugh at anything involving pants falling down.R... Read more
The Parent _ Homework Divide

Nov 24, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Homework

Very interesting message and follow-up discussion over on the Washington Post site. The topic: what's the right amount of homework? And what's the parent's role in that homework? Lots of strong feelings in this debate.As a da... Read more
Breakfast before School Works -- More Proof

Nov 21, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Breakfast, Parent Involvement

Sometimes parent involvement doesn't have to be that complicated. Example: finding a way to make sure your child has breakfast before school is a fundamental step that all parents can take.We've been saying it for years with ... Read more
President-elect Obama attends parent-teacher conferences, too

Nov 20, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

This a week or two old, but the Obamas made time recently to attend the parent-teacher conferences for their daughters. Love the fact that they went, obviously. Why wouldn't they, right? Not like they're busy or anything.Laug... Read more
Can parents be at school too much?

Nov 17, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in, Parent Involvement, Helicopter Parents

That's the intriguing question posed by Lisa Belkin over at the NYTimes moterlode page.From where I sit, the answer is clearly "yes", but I think it's probably the wrong question. Better to ask if parents can be too involved ... Read more
Our Schools Work

Nov 03, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Standardized Testing

I'm sure you've heard that our schools are failing us, that international students kick our kids' fannies on tests,and that we'll all be working for the Chinese and Indians in just a few years, right? Those assertions have al... Read more
Saying N-O is O-K

Oct 31, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Little blurb here about the value of actually saying "no" once in a while to our kids. It's apparently part of a wider program in Minnesota called: "Say Yes to No." Interesting.I felt like the spirit of the linked anecdote ca... Read more
Bake Sale Ban _ California _ Bunk

Oct 30, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Fundraising

Hope that headline is clear enough, but - man-oh-man! -- I really can't stand it when regulators go crazy and good intentions go way, way too far. That's what's happening in California, where new, increasingly egregiousfood r... Read more
Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule Slots

Oct 24, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent-Teacher Conference

I always find "The Juggle" blog from the Wall Street Journal (yup -- the WSJ) to be thought-provoking and timely, especially this post about which parents should get the good parent-teacher conference slots? The writer's good... Read more