From The Art of Simple, some good parenting ideas on "5 ways we can give our kids more freedom." It's about finding that sweet spot between allowing your kid to explore the world and keeping said kid safe in that world.
Sad/funny video of Arne Duncan trying to explain programs that serve students with dyslexia. From Diane Ravitch:
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) asks a simple question: What specific programs do we have in place for helping students with dyslexia?
And it just goes south from there.
The answer, pretty clearly, is “none.” But Duncan is bound determined not to go there, so he tries, “Well, students with dyslexia have special needs, and we have a special needs fund, so they fall under that–“Thanks for clearing that up, Sec'y Duncan. Speaking of dsylexia, there's an interesting article in the Times about dsylexia versus dysgraphia based on an article in the journal, NeuroImage: Clinical.
Federal special education law lumps them under one category, but new research from the University of Washington makes the case that they are distinct disorders that require different types of instruction.
Candidate sightings - I'm going to start this bit so fill in as you can. (Candidates, if I'm there, be sure to say hi; I don't want to leave anyone out.)
- 43rd/46th Dems forum for City Council District 4 elections - Leslie Harris and Jill Geary ( Public education came up as I - and apparently several other people - submitted questions about the role of the City in Seattle public education. (I also asked about Mayor and/or City Council appointing School Board members. Both Tony Provine and Michael Maddux said - before any other statement - that they would not support the appointment of School Board candidates. Mr. Maddux rightly said he thought the City had plenty to do with its own current work. Jean Godden and Rob Johnson either ignored that part of the question or forgot to answer it.)
- Bell Times forum at HIMS - Rick Burke and Lauren McGuire.
What's on your mind?