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Helping Our Kids Deal With Racial Insensitivity

The NYT article "When a Black Student Plays Along With the K.K.K. Joke, What's a College to Do?", written by Ronald Crutcher, the (African American) president of the University of Richmond, details the aftermath of his discovery of an 1980 photo of U. Richmond white students dressed as Ku Klux Klansmen surrounding a grinning African American student posing with [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Summertime Poetry

As we near mid July, today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Summer.  We do so with a variety of poems about summer from a variety of poets.  We start with a classic from Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), who "In Summer" waxes eloquently about a song for a summer's day.  Then we have a delightful ode to a "Firefly", a familiar summer [...]

It’s National Summer Learning Week! How Are You Celebrating?

National Summer Learning Week,  July 8 - 13,  is a celebration of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.  Established over 25 years ago by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), the celebration this year will have a daily focus on a different theme: [...]

Summer Reading Starts NOW!!!

Summer's here and it's time to make sure your kids are set with their summer reading booklists, goals and plans.  Here are some tips and resources to help you get going: Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge:  Once again, children's book publisher Scholastic is offering a great summer reading program for children of all ages. After signing up on the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Politics and Poetry

Politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose, former New York governor Mario Cuomo once said.  But we are didn't hear much poetry during this week's Democratic Presidential Candidate's debates.  So for today's Thoughtful Thursday we offer a few political poems.  We start with "America" from Claude McKay (1889-1948), a bittersweet ode to our nation. From Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) [...]

School Year-End Tips

    School's out or almost out for most of our children. Reports cards have been issued or are on their way.  Your children are undoubtably relieved and happy that another school year is done, and everyone's thoughts are turning to summer vacation. But before you close the chapter on the last school year, why not spend some time [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Poetry For Pride Month

In celebration of Pride Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features works by LBGTQ poets.  Some of these poets have been featured in many Thoughtful Thursdays, like June Jordan (1936-2002) and Audrey Lorde (1934-1992), and others, like E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950) and Blas Falconer, are new to these pages. The voice of the other, the ones less heard, is strong [...]

The Value of School-Year-End Celebrations

At the end of every school year, my mom would make a date with my brother and me for a night out to celebrate.  She was an elementary school teacher, so we were all celebrating having finished up another year. We would usually go out to dinner, and then to a movie (for several years running, we saw "Shaft" [...]

Get a Jump on Helping Your Kids Avoid Summer Slide!

As school winds down for the year, now is the time to focus on how you can help your sons and daughters stay on top of their academic game throughout the summer.  As you probably know, when math and reading skills aren’t practiced over the summer, kids can lose 2 to 3 months of progress—that's the dreaded "Summer Slide".  [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Money Matters

Did you know that April is Financial Literary Month?  (So many themes, only 12 months, some months have to do double duty.) In 2004 the U.S. Senate designated April as Financial Literary Month in an effort to encourage Americans to  establish and maintain healthy financial habits.   Since it is Financial Literacy Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features poems about money. But [...]