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A Response to Slate: Why We Need Private Schools

You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad. I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental….” These are the words of Allison Benedikt, who writes at Slate. (I’m also willing to bet, not a parent or a teacher.) Really? No kidding? […]

Photo Essay: Greenwood School Gettysburg Address

This small photo essay accompanies the post about Greenwood’s Gettysburg Address recitation right of passage. Learn more about the Ken Burns Greenwood School Documentary.

Ken Burns Explores the Greenwood School’s Gettysburg Address Recitation

If you’re of a certain age, been a U.S history student during the past two decades, and/or a PBS aficionado, you know Ken Burns interest in the civil war through his exhaustive 1990 documentary The Civil War. The Civil War still stands as benchmark among documentary films for its length, audience size, and quality of […]

Is it Time to Reconsider Our Approach Regarding Boys Education?

Twenty years ago, or so, as faculty meeting after faculty meeting focused on the needs of our school’s girls and what we needed to for our girls, a faculty colleague pointed out that, as we assumed gender driven positions and definitions under the auspices of remedying something regarding girls education, our definitions and practices would […]

More on Academic Challenge and Stress

I’m not going to say much other than to recommend Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman’s “Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?” from The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Bronson and Po’s piece (an extension of their forthcoming book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing) like Stigler and Li’s work (earlier post) […]

Adjusting Our Assumptions About Challenge and Struggle in the Classroom

This is first of two quick posts around the topics of academic challenge and struggle in the classroom.

Data Mining: Could an electronic trail in the classroom improve student learning?

Data mining is simply part of modern life. Every one of us leaves an electronic trail of when, how and where we do things that provide financial institutions, advertisers, stores, health care professions insight into how we behave. Could an electronic trail in the classroom improve student learning? Our friends at collegestats.org produced an infographic […]

ADHD Medication and The Benefits of Mitigating Impulsivity: I’m getting there

I’m coming around to how ADD/ADHD medication can mitigate impulsivity, albeit slowly. What brings me to this change in thought? A fascinating new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Medication for Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder and Criminality,” (free preview, full article for a fee) makes a strong case for the benefits of ADHD medication […]

Learning at Dunn School

More than just a varied curriculum, Dunn recognizes and serves a diversity of students with courses that fit different kinds of learners.

The Connection Between Boarding School and Head

In Kents Hill School, Jeremy LaCasse & his family found a boarding school that fits with his thinking as an educator and an environment that offers students profound and powerful lessons.

A Boarding School Learning Skills Program Celebrates a New Home

Kents Hill School has been on the fore of learning differences programs having had a program for 32 years. The Akin Learning Center represents the latest step in the center’s journey from living room, to library, to dedicated, purpose built facility.

An MD Responds to New ADHD Guidelines

Discussion around the release of revised ADHD guidelines has been robust. The educators of our part of the world have lots of questions. Interestingly, I’ve come across a pediatrician, Claudia M. Gold, MD, with questions (Diagnosing ADHD Under Age 6: A mistaken Idea). As usual (confessing a personal bias), I like the complexity and nuance […]

New ADHD Guidelines Include Children as Young as 4, As Old As 18

Released this past Sunday, the American Academy of Pediatrics “has expanded the age range for the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to children as young as 4 and as old as 18.”(HD) “…’ADHD is a chronic condition. We can provide symptomatic treatment, but it doesn’t cure the condition. Treatment has to be […]

The Experts Debate ADHD

If you’re unfamilar with The New York Times “Room for Debate” series, the paper floats a question to a panel of experts around a topic. Then, each expert addresses the question based on their research, position & perspective in the field. “Are Americans More Prone to A.D.H.D.?” is a recent “Room for Debate” question. ADHD […]

A Boys Learning Differences Boarding School Adds a High School: A Q&A with the Head of The Greenwood School

Following-up The Greenwood School‘s announcement of their expansion to include a full high school program, Greenwood headmaster, Stewart Miller spoke with us about the opportunities and motivations behind Greenwood’s growth. Brian Fisher (BF): What’s the impetus behind growing to include a high school? Does Greenwood just work better for some kids to have a consistent […]

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