Category Archives: Cultures

Hispanics and education: it’s all in the family

Forecasting educational trends for Texas’ largest minority is difficult because Hispanic culture is actually a loosely bound collection of the cultures of many independent countries sharing  a similar language. In this 5-minute audio podcast, three generations of Latino men talk … Continue reading

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The village that abandoned its children

The origins of the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”  remain under debate, but the sentiment describes how children are dependent on a much wider range of adults and infrastructure than is available within their immediate family.  … Continue reading

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Street corner punishment for low grades

Black and Married with Kids (BMWK) has some very good articles about parenting, but when I saw the title of a post about a mom making her kid stand on the street corner as punishment for bad grades, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Learn to take risks, even if you quit later

Long before I considered “the Amy Chua question: are we raising quitters,” the parenting regret that I gnawed on most was not making my children stick to something for a very long time. I wish my kids had found their … Continue reading

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Culture, college and income

Why don’t all parents make education a top priority?  Is it related to culture or economics? Asian Americans earn more income than non-Asians and more Asians Americans over the age of 25 have college degrees than any other race or … Continue reading

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Teaching kids to test better starts early

“What does ‘headless’ mean?” When I started answering toddler questions (usually while driving), I was not thinking about enabling our children to take tests in school. It was our children who made the connection years later when we were wondering … Continue reading

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Reading makes you smarter

Did your parents read to you? If they did, they made you smarter. Really. Reading makes you smarter. You are probably smarter already, just by reading a few illuminating sentences in today’s blog posting. Modeling behavior is just as important … Continue reading

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