Key to school reform is pitting kids against teachers

Imagine a company that cannot fire people for low performance. The company wouldn't make money, right? And high performers wouldn't want to work there because they'd have to be with low performers.

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Homeschool has more diversity than public school

One of the myths of public school is that it's a great melting pot and an expression of American diversity. The truth is that it's a great way for immigrants to learn how to fit in with other American kids, and we value the feeling of fitting in. And it's a great way for you to have your kids spend time with your neighbors, and we value having a tightly knit community. But our schools today aren't helping knit that community.

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Smart adults don't wait for government to tell them what to do

I remember the day I posted a photo of my son drinking Gatorade. People commented about Red Dye #40. It turns out that it's banned in much of Europe. The US FDA knows it likely makes kids hyperactive, but has not actually banned it.

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NCAA Final Four sheds light on education crisis

I do not come from a sports family, but it's impossible to live in rural Wisconsin and not be affected by sports teams. So last night we watched Wisconsin play Kentucky in the semi-finals.

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School commute times ruin family life

During one of my eight-hour trips to and from Chicago for cello lessons it occurred to me that I am part of a larger trend where parents are giving up their family time in exchange for commute time.

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Gifted is a messed-up moniker

We have an ongoing discussion in our family that goes something like this:

"Mom, remember when I was the smartest in the class?"

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Kids don't need teachers. Kids need parents.

People protect the idea of the school teacher like it's part of the foundation of the thirteen colonies, inherent in the core of our American being. But it's not. It's actually the result of the destruction of family. Starting only with the industrial revolution, while the rich people who needed factory workers were advocating that we put kids in school all day under the premise that the parents were incompetent.

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School trains kids to reinvent the wheel

Cheating is really a build-or-buy decision. Should you develop in-house competency or just get it done and move on? Cheating is a really only a word to denigrate someone who refuses to reinvent the wheel.

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What I want to remember about homeschooling

It's a Monday night and Zehavi wants to go to a movie. We decide on the 7:30pm show of The Lego Movie. He says, "Buy tickets online so we know it won't sell out."

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What Chinese people really think of US schools

We all know that kids in China outscore kids in the US on math and science tests. This gap exists between schools in China and the UK as well. And guess what the UK and US are doing to close the gap? Extending the school day.

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