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September 9, 2011:

How "Low Self Esteem" Labeling Hurt One Student's Confidence (6 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 11:58 AM

by The Beta Female For most of my life, I have been accused having low self esteem. Throughout childhood and adolescence, friends frequently implored, "Geez, why do you cut yourself down so much?" I believed them, and worked tirelessly to improve my self esteem to seemingly no end. Only recently did I decide that I […]

July 17, 2011:

Another former teacher agrees with School Survival (1 Comment)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 4:23 PM

Fred posted this as a response to the "Why do I hate school?" post on the SS blog: As a former teacher I have to say that everything in this article is correct. That's pretty much why I'm not doing it anymore. I decided to teach after getting laid off from a job. I thought […]

May 12, 2011:

Invading the privacy of young people makes them less safe (3 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 8:37 PM

Point/counterpoint: Alex Koroknay-Palicz on parental surveillance Privacy is not a luxury. Nor is it a threat to safety. Ten years ago America was attacked in a shockingly brutal and violent way. Thousands of innocent people died and millions more feared for their safety. Pledging to protect us from terrorists, the government passed the Patriot Act, […]

May 7, 2011:

Why we don't punish our son. Ever. (2 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by NewsBot @ 12:14 AM

No time-outs, no yelling, no spanking, no taking away toys. When contributor Jillian Lauren's son acts up, she treats him with 'empathy and respect.' How does it work?

By Jillian Lauren, TODAY Moms contributor

My husband and I have tattoos from our toenails to our eyeballs. We still sleep in...

May 6, 2011:

Some Misconceptions About Unschooling (2 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by NABBY1 @ 2:31 AM

An opinion from a Newsvine article By TheF###Princess Unschooling can be a very controversial topic to discuss. But as with all topics, if you are unfamiliar with the subject, it needs to be explained. In short, unschooling is child-led homeschooling. But this deffenition does not always explain enough, though. Grown unschool blogger Idzie Desmariais describes […]

April 23, 2011:

What World of Warcraft taught me about Education (1 Comment)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 6:44 PM

by Don Elwell, Ph.D. Director, Greylight Theatre This article was prompted by three significant experiences: ones that have really rewritten how I feel as an educator about what we’re doing. The first, as he title suggests, was getting sucked into playing World of Warcraft online. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an inveterate nerd, and did the […]

How I Failed Myself... and All of You (1 Comment)Posted in: Commentary by Argon @ 6:11 PM

I Failed Myself… and All of You by “Argon” John “Get busy, John,” said the teacher. John glared at his test booklet and refused to move. A look of annoyance was beginning to form on the teacher’s face. “John!” she said. “Do your test!” “I don’t want to,” he said. She grimaced. “Well,” she said. […]

November 7, 2010:

School Reformers Don't Know How Learning Actually Works (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 11:59 PM

by Jerry Mintz (originally posted here) In reference to: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/school-turnaroundsreform/how-billionaire-donors-are-har.html It’s too bad that the school reformers and the billionaire funders have to make every mistake there is to make on their way to, perhaps, finding the real clue to how learning actually works. I think they mean well. Probably they feel a little guilty […]

October 31, 2010:

School is a Breeding Ground for Cheaters (2 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 5:03 PM

by Peter Gray In my last post I described some instances of cheating in science; summarized some data about the percentage of scientists who, on anonymous questionnaires, admit to cheating; and ended with the question, "Why do scientists cheat?" Cheating--by publishing fraudulent data--completely destroys the purpose of science, which is to discover truths; so why […]

October 1, 2010:

The Entitlement Issues of Parents (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 3:50 PM

by KittyKatBlack We always hear, probably daily, about how teenagers or this generation (because no generation before us ever had issues) have this huge sense of entitlement. But what about parents? Those of you who have the more bitchy parentage may have been told that you should be grateful that they're spending and sacrificing so […]

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