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Office Max Takes a Stand on Parenting

Watch the commercial and see for yourself.   https://www.ispot.tv/ad/wOk3/office-depot-officemax-mom-song-by-bachman-turner-overdrive   Who is doing all the work for what are clearly grown able young people who could shop for themselves?   You got it…Mom. She even carries the bags.   While tempting to shrug this off as no big deal, this commercial is unintentionally defining “good parenting” - a mom running [...]

What is Education?

  Or maybe the more important question is what should education be?   Historically, the sole purpose of education was to transfer academic content as efficiently as possible, without much regard for the aspects of the student's social, emotional and character development.   But I think most of us would agree from our school experiences, that fractions and physics were [...]

Millennials: Fact or Fiction

Much has been said about Millennials, their upbringing, and their attitudes and approaches to work and life. Is it the typical, "When I was young..." generational gap? Or is there something more to it? Simon Sinek, author and national presenter, shares his thoughts about the topic.     Is there truth to it? How might it be affecting today's parents? [...]

How Are We All Supposed to Keep Up?

Thomas Friedman’s latest book, Thank You For Being Late, has given me a lot to think about, and I am only half way through. In this book he examines life in the “age of acceleration” from many different perspectives. This of course has me thinking about what it means for education.   Friedman Quotes Eric Teller, the CEO of GoogleX’s [...]

Myth #5 Good Parents Prevent Failure

The last part to our good parent mythology series ends with these last 4 points about preventing your child's failures: Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children Good parents prevent failure Good parents do not allow suffering Good parents never allow their children to get hurt Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children This is now [...]