Opportunity from Adversity

In the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, the fabric of American life is changing. Schools across the nation are closed, some for the remainder of this academic year.   As more states and districts shut down in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the...

Why Are U.S. Schools Still Using Everyday Math?

The Everyday Mathematics Program is widely used in American schools. It is based on a constructivist approach to math. To understand the difference between traditional math instruction and constructivism, consider the following: In a traditional math class, the...

High Expectations: “Tough” Teachers Benefit Students

                                                                                                                 Grade inflation is very prevalent. Because grades provided by teachers are highly subjective, comparing grade point averages (GPA’s) whether from...

Sleep and Exams

            Exam scores benefit from months of regular sleep! This headline from the Society for Science & the Public underscores the benefit of  consistent sleep patterns. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that teens sleep 8 to 10 hours a night....

More Caveats about Screen Time

In a previous blog (November 2019), I provided a brief summary of the consequences of screen time for children. Additional research by  the American Academy of Pediatrics demonstrates the alarming effects that smartphones, tablets, computers, and other devices have on...