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The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting–Coming in April!

BIG NEWS!  I've  developed a series of parenting classes called The Inside Guide to NYC Parenting, and it is coming to Hunter College in April!!  If you live in or around NYC, you can join us to discover answers to  some of the pressing parenting questions I've been focusing on for years in this blog.  I'll be offering resources, [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: International Woman’s Day

It's Thoughtful Thursday, and in honor of  International Woman's Day (which is tomorrow, March 8), today we are featuring a diverse slate of fantastic women poets. From June Jordan we have "Oughta Be a Woman", a poem that pays special tribute to mothers of color but is an ode to mothers everywhere. Chilean poet and visual artist Celia Vicuña gives [...]

Help your Children Thrive in School with Code.Org and Learning Heroes

Looking for ways to help your children stay motivated and succeed in school?  Check out these resources we've recently discovered: Code.org.  It is no secret that knowing how to code will put children at a huge advantage when they reach the job market.  Jobs that require coding make up 58% of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, and [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Black History Month

As it is the last day of Black History Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features several poems celebrating notable Black figures in American history and one in commemorating the history of Black people in America.    GCP hopes that parents share Black American history with their sons and daughters throughout the year, (not just for one month, every month), but we are not [...]

Tell Your Kids About the REAL “Green Book”: Watch “The GreenBook: Guide to Freedom” on the Smithsonian Channel

As you've probably heard, this year's Best Picture Oscar went to the film “Green Book” on Sunday. This is the story of a white limo driver who discovers the existence of racism when he drives a touring black classical pianist around the Jim Crow era South. (A collective groan went up around our TV when this award was announced, [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Malcolm X

Fifty four years ago today, on February 21, 1965, activist and religious leader Malcolm X was assassinated by a member of the Nation of Islam while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Today's Thoughtful Thursday pays tribute to Malcolm X, first with the stirring eulogy Ossie Davis delivered at his funeral.  Then, [...]

President Obama and Steph Curry on Overcoming Obstacles

On Tuesday, the Obama Foundation’s first national My Brother’s Keeper Alliance convening, MBK Rising!, began in Oakland, CA. This two-day event brought together civic leaders, young men of color and representatives of the MBK organizations that are supporting these young men nationwide. The opening session of the convening featured a session with President Obama and Steph Curry answering questions [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Valentine’s Day Edition with Paul Laurence Dunbar

Happy Valentine's Day!  Today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates this day of love and romance with three love poems from one of America's first great Black poets, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906).  Dunbar was known for writing poetry in both standard English and dialectic verse, and there are examples of both in the love songs presented below. While his use of dialect [...]

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Are “Two Codes” the Keys To Success in Life? So Says The College Board

A recent NY Times column highlights an initiative from the College Board (the folks who create and produce the SATs and AP Exams) in which the Board determined that mastering two codes--computer science and the U.S. Constitution--were the most important skills (among the skills they test) for achieving success in college and in life.  They explain their clunky-but-cleverly named [...]

Tell Your Sons About Baseball Great Frank Robinson

Baseball legend Frank Robinson passed away this week at 83.  Robinson broke records throughout his long illustrious career.  As a player, he was National League Rookie of the Year for the Cincinnati Reds.  He was the only winner of the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National League (when playing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1956) and the American [...]