When my son was ten years old, he came home from school wanting some help on a project.
“I need to interview people in my family,” he said.
I was sitting on the couch with his seven-year…old brother. “If you had to leave the house in a hurry,” he said, “and you didn’t know when you’d be able to come back, what would you take with you?” “My Lego,” his brother said immediately. “Are you learning about the Holocaust again?” was my response. I send my children to Jewish school to… >> Read More
A new study came out that implies we're sending our kids to school too early. According to a new study from Stanford University, delaying your kid's start to school for one year increases…self-control. The study followed a group of Danish kids whose parents postponed their entry to kindergarten for up to one year. Thomas Dee, one of the co-authors and a Stanford Graduate School of Education professor, collaborated on the research with Hans Henrik Sievertsen of the Danish National Centre for Social Research. Dee stated in a press release that inattention may… >> Read More
I wasn’t the most ardent Hillary Clinton fan, but when it came down to the wire, there was no contest. You don’t decry Mordechai when Haman is banging down your door.
So I breathed a sigh of…relief when Samuel’s school election results came in: Clinton won the general. I wasn’t entirely surprised, given the demographics of his day school, but my relief was palpable. It told me I was among my people, assuming children parroted the political views of their parents. Just as importantly, I thought it was a harbinger of… >> Read More
Parents, quick question: when you get home from a hard day at work, what do you do?
I can tell you what I do: I fling my bra across the room, change into my polka dot jammie pants, crack open a…beer or pour a dram of whisky or maybe smoke something, put on some gangsta rap or a little death metal, maybe watch a movie, or read... Basically, I chill. And it's great. I separate from my work, and I just am. I love it. Guess what? Our kids "work" too. It's called "school" and… >> Read More
Hebrew lessons in a Jewish elementary school in Israel isn't all that surprising, but kids being taught Hebrew by an Arab woman by using a darbuka (Arab drum) is enough to make a hit video. Not…only is it a cool way to learn, but this kind of solidarity and connection in Israel (and here, too) is something we not only need more of, but need to celebrate and normalize. Jehan Jaber, a Hebrew teacher of 17 years, is from a small Arab town in central Israel, and she really wants her students to learn… >> Read More