It's one way to talk to your teens about patience; one mom's frank talk to her son.
Remember the Matt Damon film, The Martian? Apparently enough teachers spoke up that the author took out some of the salty language because the teachers said it would be a great book to teach science but they couldn't use it because of the language. I can see how teachers might pause because their districts might hear from parents but if you were stranded all alone on Mars, I think you might swear sometimes, too. From the NY Times:
“I got a lot of emails from science teachers who said, ‘Man I’d love to use your book as a teaching aid, but there’s so much profanity in it that we can’t really do that,’” said Mr. Weir, 44, who is cheerful, hyper-analytical and casually profane, much like his protagonist. “It’s hard to get that by a school board.”I don't know if you missed it but Snapchat went public on the stock market yesterday. It proved to be a big windfall for a private high school in Northern California that listened to a parent and invested in Snapchat. The school invested $15k and netted $24M.
Apart from the four-letter words, “The Martian” is a science teacher’s dream text. It’s a gripping survival story that hinges on the hero’s ability to solve a series of complex problems, using his knowledge of physics, chemistry, astronomy and math, in order to stay alive on a hostile planet. (The Washington Post called the novel “an advertisement for the importance of STEM education.”)
A kid-friendly version came out last year, and it is now being used to help teach science in classrooms around the country.
Five years ago, Natalie Eggers, then a student at Saint Francis, alerted her father, a venture capitalist, about the burgeoning social messaging app. She said all her friends were obsessed with it.
Two great stories to share with your children.Popular with the young people, Snapchat is best known for disappearing messages and quirky face-filters for jazzing up selfies.
One is about two pre-school boys who are best friends. One decides to cut his hair to look like his friend so they can "fool" their teacher.
The other is about a teen overcoming perceived obstacles and making his dreams come true.
What's on your mind?