Ask Dr. Blank: Choosing What’s Best for a Preschooler

This week, a parent made the headlines by suing her child’s preschool. Her claim? That the preschool “proved not to be a school at all, but just one big playroom” thereby jeopardizing her daughter’s chances of being accepted by an elite private school. It’s easy to scoff at the extreme nature of this parent’s action, but it also reflects some…

Swim England reveals ‘new normal’ as Returning to the Pool guidance published

From swimming.org Swimming pool users will have to adapt to a ‘new normal’ to ensure the safety of everyone visiting and working at facilities, according to guidance published by Swim England. The recognised national governing body has issued its Returning to the Pool advice ahead of the Government giving the green light for a return to the water. Included in…

Michael B. Jordan Film Just Mercy Is Free to Stream This Month

By Josh St. Clair for Men’s Health Just Mercy—based on Bryan Stevenson’s memoir—released somewhat quietly in December of last year. The film starred Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, a lawyer who travels to Alabama in hopes of providing legal representation to wrongly-convicted prisoners. Throughout the course of the film, he comes to represent Walter McMillian, played by Jamie Foxx, a death row…

A High School Journalist Dug Into Suspensions of Black Students. What She Found Won an Award.

By Johnny Diaz for The New York Times Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos and the co-editor of their high school newspaper, The Little Hawk, were talking to students in November about what they disliked about Iowa City High School when she sensed something was off. “That day I had a lot of good conversations about wrongful suspensions and racism” by the staff members who…

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP THEIR KIDS MAKE SENSE OF THIS WORLD?

By Rachel Buchholz for National Geographic My mother insists that the reason that I was the only kindergartner in my class who could read was twofold: that every day she’d sit me in front of Sesame Street (her generation’s version of YouTube babysitting), and that every night, my father would read to me. Parents are likely aware of the benefits of reading…

Ask Dr.Blank: Breaking the Rules to Teach Your Child to Read

We have lived with the notion of rules for so long that it is difficult to conceive of life without them. It is even more difficult to believe that the memorized rules do not guide the reading process in the way we have been led to believe. For example, if you pose the question, “What sound does ” ph” make?”…