Category Archives: Comm300

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Thanks and good-bye!

The semester is over, so it is time to say good-bye.  Thanks to everyone who read, commented on, linked to, or otherwise helped me create this blog about education, parenting, and culture in Houston.  The site will remain in its … Continue reading

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1910 is good enough

Testing madness can catch parents unawares and very early in their student’s school years.  Denise Pope, a Stanford University professor and co-founder of Challenge Success, advocates for helping students achieve success without the current pressures of long homework hours and … Continue reading

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Race to Nowhere

The film “Race to Nowhere,” zooms in on a different perspective of our educational system. Instead of probing how low-income families and under-represented students can gain access to superior academic environments, this film examines the trade-offs for our national obsession … Continue reading

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Square peg students

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of parenting a student is watching your child struggle to fit in. A bad social fit is painful for both students and parents, but a bad educational fit is excruciating. Square pegs don’t … Continue reading

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Rainy days ahead for education

Larger class sizes, fewer students prepared for or attending college, salary reductions, and teacher layoffs are all aspects of the 2011-2012 educational budget deficit. The forecast for education is particularly gloomy these days. The final chapter in a Video podcast … Continue reading

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How bad are our scores, really?

Tracking is one way of determining which students are assigned to college preparatory courses and which ones are zoned to less academically challenging classes. No Child Left Behind essentially eliminated tracking in the United States, for better or for worse. … Continue reading

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The sound of budget cuts

This third chapter in the five-day Video podcast series features a Houston father and physician expressing his concerns about Texas’ proposed education budget cuts. The background noise for this 2-minute video mimics an elementary school, complete with closing doors, playground … Continue reading

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