Saturday, March 16, 2019

Unpacking Diversity in Our Lives and Schools

I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Derrick Gay for an article I wrote for Montessori Life magazine. Here is the link to "Unpacking 'Diversity' in Our Lives and Schools." Give it a read. I especially appreciated his eloquence on the definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), social justice, and cultural competency.

Thank you, Derrick.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Generational Child Care Differences

Yesterday's NYTimes article "The New 30-Something" by Hannah Seligson gives excellent perspective on generational (Boomers, GenXers, Millennials and iGens) differences on child rearing.

A quote from the article: 
“More than half (53 percent) of Americans ages 21 to 37 have received some form of financial assistance from a parent, guardian or family member since turning 21, according to a 2018 report by Country Financial, a financial services firm in Bloomington, Ill. This may include paying bills for a cellphone (41 percent), groceries and gas (32 percent), rent (40 percent) or health insurance (32 percent).”

Here is my True Tales Live 10-minute story about generational child care differences I told a week ago. I hope it gives you a chuckle.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Civility or Incivility in Your Work Environment

Christine Porath's TEDx Talk on the effects of promoting civility in the workplace is so important to a healthy happy work environment.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Mixed A Colorful Story . . . for all

Of the many many books that I have read to children, Mixed A Colorful Story by Arree Chung is one of the very best. It is beautifully illustrated and has a powerful story for children and all of humanity.

See the video below.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Students Learn From People They Love

"Students Learn From People They Love: Putting relationship quality at the center of education" by David Brooks (New York Times January 17, 2019) article is a must read.

Two quotes:

"And yet think about your own school or organization. Do you have a metric for measuring relationship quality? Do you have teams reviewing relationship quality? Do you know where relationships are good and where they are bad? How many recent ed reform trends have been about relationship-building?"

"The good news is the social and emotional learning movement has been steadily gaining strength."

Friday, January 4, 2019

iGen Parts 1, 2 & 3

PART 1: My original August 16, 2018 post on the book iGen.

PART 3: “The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting” by Claire Cain Miller in the Dec. 25, 2018 issue of the NYTimes supplements iGen. Here are several quotes with links from the article:

“Raising children has become significantly more time-consuming and expensive, amid a sense that opportunity has grown more elusive.”

The amount of money parents spend on children, which used to peak when they were in high school, is now highest when they are under 6 and over 18 and into their mid-20s.”

For the first time, it’s as likely as not that American children will be less prosperous than their parents.

‘Intensive parenting is a way for especially affluent white mothers to make sure their children are maintaining their advantaged position in society,” said Jessica Calarco, a sociologist at Indiana University and author of “Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School.’

The time parents spend in the presence of their children has not changed much, but parents today spend more of it doing hands-on child care. Time spent on activities like reading to children; doing crafts; taking them to lessons; attending recitals and games; and helping with homework has increased the most. Today, mothers spend nearly five hours a week on that, compared with 1 hour 45 minutes hours in 1975 — and they worry it’s not enough.”

Parenthood is more hands-off in many other countries. In Tokyo, children start riding the subway alone by first grade, and in Paris, they spend afternoons unaccompanied at playgrounds. Intensive parenting has gained popularity in England and Australia, but it has distinctly American roots — reflecting a view of child rearing as an individual, not societal, task.

Americans are having fewer children, so they have more time and money to invest in each one.

Rich parents have more to spend, but the share of income that poor parents spend on their children has also grown.

As low-income parents have increased the time they spend teaching and reading to their children, the readiness gap between kindergarten students from rich and poor families has shrunk.

Psychologists and others have raised alarms about children’s high levels of stress and dependence on their parents, and the need to develop independence, self-reliance and gritResearch has shown that children with hyper-involved parents have more anxiety and less satisfaction with life, and that when children play unsupervised, they build social skills, emotional maturity and executive function.