• MOTHER l WRITER | EDUCATOR | ARTIST | MAKER 

  • cation The other day I was interviewed by NPR about Hacker Scouts and I was asked an interesting question. The reporter asked me my opinion on the DIY program sites that are cropping up for kids like DIY.org and Maker Camp and a few more that are specifically utilizing an online presence to connect with kids and Maker culture. This is a more complicated question than it seems! On one hand,

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    Oh Minecraft ! Thou art magnificent in your design! You thrust your pick-axe into the depths of my children’s minds and collect the fragments of literacy and mathematics buried in their genetic code with your own code of multidimensional strategy and awesomeness ! Through chat window they build their empires, through mining they stretch and exercise their mathematical prowess,

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    I just saw the trailer for a new film, “Waiting For “Superman,” which looks compelling and heart-wrenching at the same time. From Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), comes a film about the current state of the US public education system and how it is failing. Seriously. It follows five different kids from diverse families and neighborhoods as they try to succeed in a system that

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    Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District of Texas, has introduced a resolution (H.Res. 1593) to support academically-based social studies curriculum standards for the U.S.’s public schools in reaction to the standards that were recently approved by the Texas State School Board. My first reaction was: “Hurrah! A voice of reason! Good for her!” My second reaction was “Thank

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    Let’s face it: Those of us who have decided to home educate our kids need a little support now and then. Between the torment of mainstream education gone wrong yet still pervasive in the mindset of the masses (Hello? Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction anyone?) and the well meaning, or not, inquiries of loved ones and strangers alike- we find ourselves in a quandry. I mean, personally I

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    This article by Ron Miller was written last fall, but there has been a new flurry of debate recently on the topic, which reminded me that it is just as valid today as it was then. If I was to write a response to such a worthless program, this would be it more or less. Thanks Ron, for doing the work. The damage this continuing vision of competition and mindless drilling in our educational

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    This morning my eldest son and I watched the President give his annual pep talk to students across America. It was the usual “work hard and you’ll succeed” mantra- but two things seem to resonate with my child of just 7.8 years of age: The line about “You are the writer of your own destiny” and the affirmations about treating each other with kindness and respect. The latter is

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