Ask Dr. Blank: What are some things you learned in school that children today are no longer taught?

This question triggered so many interesting memories. The first item that came to mind was cooking –which was called Home Economics.  Aside from the basics, there was very little cooking in my home and the class taught me a range of skills that served me well throughout my life.  The same holds for sewing. Mastery of the sewing machine proved…

This Map Shows How Low States Education Spending Has Gotten

By Joshua A. Krisch for fatherly.com The United States spends only 5.6 percent of its gross domestic product on education, placing it 51st on the United Nations Development Program’s list of 160 countries. Depending on how you view the importance of education (there’s a right answer), this is embarrassing. Cuba spends 12.9 percent of its GDP educating young communists. Denmark spends 8.7 percent of its GDP…

Reading book for kids: The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended reading book for kids. Melissa Y of Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know: • This is Meg Wolitzer’s first foray into children’s literature: she should visit more often! • The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman is a middle grade novel about a group of…

These Are the Chores Your Child Should Be Doing This Year Based on Their Age

by Alessia Santoro for popsugar.com If you’re a mama who feels like she’s doing literally everything around the house, including picking up after your very capable kids, we know how you feel. It makes some parents feel guilty to give their children mundane responsibilities like taking out the garbage, and some moms follow the “if I do it, it’ll get done…

Ask Dr. Blank: How do I improve my child’s memory?

Good visual memory (that is, looking at a word and knowing immediately what it “says”) is central to effective reading. One of the best ways to help a child improve their reading is to improve memory skills. For example, children often ask parents how a word is spelled. When this request is made, parents often say the letters and the…

At a high school in California, parents pay $55,300 a year for their kids to spend 6 weeks without cell phones, live in log cabins, and farm for their food

By Mike McPhate, California Sun, Business Insider Tucked in a grassy canyon along the Central Coast is a high school where students chop wood and tend livestock between their history and calculus classes. Doubling as a working farm, the campus differs from the typical American high schooling another crucial respect: No one among the faculty or the roughly 90 students ever looks at…