Homework Helpers

Parents are stepping aside, relegating what once was seen as a mom and/or dad imperative to a relative stranger known as a homework helper.   Really–and not to be confused with a tutor. A tutor comes to the task with a specific expertise or two.  For instance,...

The School Trend of Bypassing Failure

Many of us believe that failure is highly underrated, that inherent in a dismal showing are lessons to be learned.  But in a number of districts across the country, failure’s reach is limited by design. For instance, many Texas districts establish minimum grades...

Valedictorians by the Number

In the good old days, the top grade earner in any given senior class, in any given year, was always #1–a singular distinction that came with the title valedictorian.  Come in second and be named salutatorian.  But these are new days and the old rules apparently...