Carpooling to school would be much more fun in a new car, right? Well, MAMAs, now’s your chance to win a new Suzuki. Our friends at Lifetime’s The Balancing Act are having a Back to School sweepstakes. The grand prize is a Suzuki, but there are other great things to win like 3 nights at ... Read more
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MIND ERASER: Georgia Schools Cheat On Tests
One in five of Georgia’s elementary and middle schools has been red flagged on suspicion of cheating on standardized tests. Lots of erased wrong answers were changed to correct ones, which regulators say points to teachers or administrators tampering with answer sheets. Out of the 27 schools flagged, 21 are in the Atlanta district where ... Read more
SCARY SCHOOLS: Philly Schools Under Assault
When your kids go to school every day, they’re safe, right? You pass them off to their teachers, who are in control of the classroom. Well, in Philadelphia, gangs roam the halls and kids are getting beaten up right in front of their teachers?! The Philadelphia Inquirer analyzed and investigated 30,000 seriously violent incidents that ... Read more
MARCH MADNESS: Mom & Kid Book Reviews
They’re heeeerrrrreee! Book MAMA is at it again with her March book reviews. The books look promising, but the reviews are just plain great reading in and of themselves. Don’t miss them! Here are some snippets to entice…. The Pirate of Kindergarten for the KID-Os: “My daughter got glasses last year. She actually had what we ... Read more
TALKING OUT OF TURN: Philly Teacher Rants In Blog
We all need to vent – right, MAMAS? Well, a suburban high school English teacher has been suspended with pay after her blog was discovered to contain negative comments about her students. Natalie Munroe is fighting for her job and claiming that her “harmless” blog, which did not name any students, was meant to start ... Read more
HAMMER IT OUT: D.C. Voucher Program Revival
The President said let’s fix education, and darned if the tool belts didn’t get strapped on! It started with a little cooperation between a Republican and an Independent, no less. Republican John Boehner and Independent Joe Leiberman want to rebuild the defunct voucher program, D.C. echoing a nationwide push to improve our children’s education. Boehner ... Read more
BELOW AVERAGE: US Education Rankings Fall
We need to do our homework, MAMAs. Our KID-Os are missing the mark, so we need to be sure they know their three Rs. The OECD Programme for International Student Assesment’s report ranks the U.S. at 14th out of 34 countries in reading, 17th for science and 25th for mathematics. The report compares 15 year ... Read more
FEEL THE BURNout: The Film “Race To Nowhere” Showcases School Stress
This film documents some American children and families struggling with the pressures that they face in school today. The film notes that our kids are spending 7 hours a day in school being taught how to take tests and “perform” well, instead of learning how to learn. Then, are given 6+ hours of homework, expected ... Read more
EDUCATION NATION: Public School Priority Initiative
President Obama spoke with Matt Lauer on the Today show about education as part of NBC’s week long “Education Nation” Summit in New York City. The President talked about the state of education and answered questions from educators. Later, Tom Brokaw hosted a special town hall meeting with college students and Education Secretary, Arne Duncan. ... Read more
IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE: Documentary “Waiting For Superman” Reviews US Education
A powerful documentary called “Waiting For Superman” is coming to theaters September 24th, with limited release in Los Angeles the weekend of September 17th. Check your local listings for details. Educators across the country are already talking about it and having screenings for parents and teachers. The synopsis directly from the official movie website ... Read more
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