The fears that the United States’ long term economic growth is endangered by its lack of highly educated populace is a well founded fear that Obama is sounding off. Yes, we stink at math. Of course, this is not the fault of our teachers, this is because of our education system that doesn’t pay or support teachers enough. Take Finland, for example. Top students who graduate from college are offered FREE master’s programs in education. The salaries for teachers in Finland rival that of their doctors and it’s profession that commands respect. Teachers are also given support in the form of additional training and education opportunities provided free by their government. Teachers are also revered in Asian counties like Japan, Korea, and China who also rank high.
I am thrilled that she is loving to read and now that she is cranking through book series, I am noticing a pattern: she loves fast paced, fantasy adventure books, particularly those in which the main characters possess special powers. I asked her for her Top 5 Series recommendations and all fit the bill except for The Mysterious Benedict Society. These series also have unisex appeal as I have noticed that she is lending out her books to both male and female classmates. Finally, these books are appropriate for a wider audience beyond 5th grade, I’d say the range is grades 3rd through 8th.
Please meet my friend Karen Bergreen. She’s a multi-talented comedian, author of first novel Following Polly, and ex-attorney (we won’t hold it against you). I met her in college. My freshman roommate Alicia roomed with her during the last two years of college.
Did you know that 89% of parents of K-12 students participate in their child’s education in the United States? Or that the average salary of a worker with an advanced degree is $83k versus $31k for those with just a high school diploma? Or that parents spend a whopping $7.4 billion on back to school clothes? Just the facts Ma’am on Back-to-School spending, education, salaries and more!
When my girls received the Alice’s Pawfect Tea-Party Kit, they were delirious with excitement. There is so much to love about this kit. It’s charming, delicious, and teaches manners that combat bullying behavior. There’s always room for one more is what Alice teaches and this is a lovely message. As for the kit, it’s a gift that keeps giving.
My youngest is going into first grade and he loves math. I asked him if he wanted to learn to multiply in five minutes and he said, “Yes!” And so we started reading the Sticks and Steps method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual.
I do love those old fashioned books; you know, the ones where no one fights at all EVER. Siblings get along beautifully, parents never get divorced, and there’s always a happy ending. In fact, there is so little conflict, there isn’t much plot. It’s more like a series of short vignettes of what life was like back then. Was life that simple and conflict free back then? I doubt it, but I do love reading about it with my kids.
What do you think is the reason why boys don’t read as much? Do you think YA (Young Adult) books skew overwhelmingly to girls? What YA books would you recommend for boys?
Thank you to Capability:Mom for sending me this video from The Wall Street Journal on Remedies for Getting Rid of Head Lice. I have my own take on lice after two stints and I have posted on it here.