Ask Dr. Blank: Why are so many good teachers quitting?

When the term “dropout” appears, we usually think of students who leave school before graduating. The nation is rightly concerned about our high student dropout rate. But there is another dropout rate that plagues education. It is the dropout rate for teachers. Within five years of starting their careers, almost 20% leave the profession. The percentage is even higher in…

Race, not just poverty, shapes who graduates in America — and other education lessons from a big new study

BY Matt Barnum for  chalkbeat.org The study landed with a gut punch. Black men earn significantly less than white men, even when they were raised in families making the same amount. Poor black boys tend to stay poor as adults, and wealthy black boys are more likely to be poor as adults than to stay wealthy. “Black men raised in the top 1 percent…

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Blueberries For Sal

Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey, is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended stories for kids with pictures. Melissa Gaynor from Sweet on Books explains why: “What You Need to Know: • This is a touching story that highlights the bonds that exist between mother and child. • Blueberries For Sal was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1949. • The story is still relevant,…

Utah passes first-ever Free Range Kids bill

By Katherine Martinko for Treehugger.com The new bill recognizes that it is not neglectful for parents to allow kids to have some independence. The state of Utah has just passed a bill legalizing free range parenting. The purpose of the bill is to foster self-sufficiency in children and to recognize that it is not neglectful to allow children to engage in certain…

Ask Dr. Blank: How can I promote self-directed learning in the home?

In discussions of self-directed learning, a wide range of positive terms typically comes to the fore—terms such as “encourage,” “challenge” “question” and “stimulate.” By contrast, there is a concept that is rarely used—it is the concept of “boredom.” The reason for its exclusion seems obvious. Boredom seems to be the direct opposite of self-directed learning. Nevertheless, its presence can play…