COVID is a minor educational problem. There, I said it. Truth. For decades, in the 7th largest district in the US — and in many schools around the world — the majority of kids are not mastering the basics (especially Black/Brown boys). Truth. COVID isn’t the crisis. It is short-term smoke from a long-term raging […]
It’s been over a decade since Amy Chua launched her notorious writing career describing the benefits of being a Tiger mom. In her book, she told how Asian moms were “better” and pointed to the exceptional academic performance of her children — and Asian children generally — as proof. And she’s right. Asian kids have, […]
The future is fuzzy and uncertain, yet your child’s school stays stuck in the past. Your child is going to The Jungle… are they ready?
It’s time to re-think Father’s Day. No more cards… do something radically useful instead.
Dr. Scott discusses the soft bigotry of low expectations, the return of the “Graduate Profile,” and getting kids back in school.
The Education Game promised parents a series of coaching points around “upskilling.” This is a collection of 7 articles written by Dr. Scott and Matt to help parents build life-long, independent learners.
We all know that “without relationship, learning suffers.” Can’t we do better building relationships among learners and educators? It turns out that we can…
Any parents looking to build Character into your children? We have found that the “Habits of Mind” overlap with key character qualities. Build the Habits of Mind in your kids and you build their Character!
This week Dr. Scott takes on problem-solving skills in the areas of science and social studies.
Dr. Scott takes on traditional decision-makers in this essay, whether they are the school principal or the President of the United States. Parents are the public in public schooling, make no mistake about it.
I continue the provocative idea of prioritizing Self-Control over Reading. This week, I describe how self-control can be built through “student engagement” and include examples and strategies for families to consider.
Dr. Scott responds to past Secretary of Education John King’s idea of forming a national tutoring corps to help kids catch up during this nasty pandemic. Dr. Scott offers the idea of families starting neighborhood tutoring programs, using next door friends as tutors for a group of neighborhood kids.
His mother yelled his name as he raced past me. She was close on his heels. The child, probably around age 4 or 5, was holding a package of sausage under his right arm — I’m not making this up — and, given the smile on his face, it was clear that he was having a great time grocery shopping with mom. Mom, not so much.
Blockbuster failed because they didn’t realize that our world was moving towards “Anytime, Anywhere, Everything.” If your child still sees school as “the place where learning happens,” then they may suffer the same fate as Blockbuster. Learning is now Anytime, Anywhere! Here’s how to do it.
Matt and Dr. Scott present an 8 week bootcamp plan to develop adult learning leader skills within the most important person in the life of a child – the parent.
If your child doesn’t want to learn over the holiday break, it’s likely because they have been “drowning” in a school environment that is dull and uninspiring. Now’s your chance to push them into the “deep water” where the excitement to learn can be reignited! Here’s how…
Learning Pods — which are a form of “Microschool” — are set to revolutionize learning. Parents keep asking us, “how to establish a FUN, FAIR, and POSITIVE learning pod?” Here’s how.
Are you a parent who is dissatisfied with your child’s learning? We mean, REALLY dissatisfied? Are you “sick and tired” of 1) schools that produce students who can’t learn on their own, 2) of feeling ignored by your school, 3) of a school system that is stuck in time? If yes, then for the sake of your child, it’s time to build a new approach.
Part 2 of “Blame Thomas Friedman” contains a simple “baby step” suggestion to help parents build self-motivation and self-direction in their children. (Maybe you’ll even thank Mr. Friedman… one day.)
I was a middle school and high school principal for 10 years. During that time, I saw many parents who allowed teachers or principals to make all the decisions about their child’s learning, with little or no input from the parent. It’s time to flip the script.