Tag Archive for Middle school

The ‘black hole’ of middle school: Why my daughter needs me now, more than ever

A few years ago, on a return flight from some random conference, I was settling in to read my Time magazine with Sheryl Sandberg, when the passenger next to me begged to read it when I was through.  This beautiful Indian woman and I spoke for three hours, breaking all my inflight rules. I learned her and her husband were… Read more →

Is this assignment busywork or critical thinking? A peek behind the Common Core curtain

As a parent, it’s sometimes hard to know whether the assignments teachers are giving your kids are thought-provoking and engaging, or busy work that does little to advance their learning. A report released today by The Education Trust helps crack open the black box of school assignments by giving policy educators and parents a look at what “college-and-career ready” standards… Read more →

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