Sep 112014

In a recent article in the New York Times, Nick Bilton relates the story of learning that Steve Jobs had not allowed his children to use the iPad. “So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t [Click for more…]

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Aug 262014
Are the Common Core State Standards failing our kids?

  This article originally appeared at Boston Parents Paper. by Geralyn McLaughlin, Diane Levin & Nancy Carlsson-Paige If you are the parent of a young child, chances are you have seen firsthand that kindergarten has changed dramatically since you were young. There has been a well-documented, though highly controversial, push-down of academics into the earlier [Click for more…]

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Jun 012014

This memo originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Young Children. Play is essential for children’s optimal development and learning.  Through play, children use what they already know to help them figure out new things, see how they work, and master skills.  As they do this, children add new social, emotional, and intellectual knowledge and [Click for more…]

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Aug 222013

 This post originally appeared on Diane’s blog on The Huffington Post. Boston City Council President Provides a Model for Us All On Tuesday, August 13, I had the opportunity to testify at a Boston City Council Subcommittee hearing held on a proposal submitted by the Council President, Stephen J. Murphy, banning children under age 18 from attending live cage [Click for more…]

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