Our Kids

Children Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come

As American social scientists go, few are more influential than Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor and author of the 2001 mega best seller Bowling Alone. When Putnam recently turned his attention to U.S. income...
Heavy, An American Memoir

“Heavy” Topics (and You Should Read this Book)

The really important parts of teaching are the human parts. There are these daily reminders if we keep ourselves ready for them, that force us out of whatever routine we try to manage and...
Getting Real

Too Soon, Too Fast

Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist Spinifex Press, 208 pp, April 2010   If you’ve wondered why it is so hard to find an age-appropriate Halloween costume for your young daughter, you’re...
What School Could Be

Time for a Change

As a public school educator, I approach books with titles such as What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration From Teachers Across America with a certain amount of caution. I want to be inspired...