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Would You Want the 10 Commandments Displayed at Your Child's School?

Thou shalt not display at school? Credit: Rob Sheridan, Flickr The Giles County School Board in Virginia recently voted to display the 10 Commandments at area schools. Many parents complained, and the displays were removed. Then some s...Is it wrong to display the 10 Commandments, a religious document, at a public school?

Obamas Choose Sidwell Friends for Malia and Sasha

President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama chose a school for daughters Malia and Sasha this week -- Sidwell Friends School. Michelle Obama said she'd been considering D.C. public schools, as well as Georgetown Day School, but that the ...

Barack Obama faces school choice issue - this time, at home

Barack Obama has been busy this week making decisions about his White House staff in advance of January's inauguration. But the President- elect has also been consulting with the Mom-in-Chief about a hot-button issue: school. When the Obamas take ...

Candidates, campaigns, and core values

Welcome to Red Mom Blue Mom, ParentDish's special coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. Each Tuesday through November 4, columnists Rachel Campos-Duffy (Red Mom) and Ada Calhoun (Blue Mom) will take on issues relevant to parents on both sides ...

Chicago considers gay high school

Many cities have alternative schools where kids who might otherwise drop out are given the opportunity to stay in school and graduate. These at-risk kids are often the victims of neglect or poverty and may have already found themselves on the wrong s...

Church service required to get a high school diploma

Not once, not twice, but three times principal Richard Lopez sent out a notice stating that attendance at a baccalaureate service was mandatory for graduating seniors at Robertson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico. For those not familiar with a ba...

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills argue over Bea's schooling

My husband and I have been having conversations about Ellie's schooling these days. She spent two years in Montessori school before switching to public school this year and we have definitely noticed a difference in her education. In essence, it has ...

Teacher pushes religious views; students sue

James Corbett, a social science teacher in Mission Viejo, California, has been accused of pushing his religious views on students instead of teaching, according to a lawsuit filed in a federal court earlier this week. If the allegations are accurate,...

Public schools: our educational backbone

While I am not a public school teacher, I am married to one. That, however, is not why I am such a huge proponent of the public school system. This editorial touches on one of the reasons -- certainly a big one as far as our own kids are concerned --...

Today is Constitution Day

Did you know that today is Constitution Day? On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting where they signed the Constitution of the United States of America. In 2004, a federal law was enacted requ...

Celebrating birthdays at school

Ellie's 7th birthday falls on a school day this year. In the past, she attended a small private school where bringing treats to share with the class was not only allowed, it was expected. But now that she is public school, the rules have changed and ...

Special ed...for profit?

The worlds of for-profit business and education seem almost fundamentally at odds. However, one man has managed to bring special ed services to almost 8,000 students -- and he's making money in the process. Mark Claypool used to be a social worker, b...

Skipping a grade in school

In my state, a child must be five years old on September 1st in order to enroll in kindergarten. Ellie missed that date by three weeks, meaning she couldn't officially start kindergarten until she was almost six years old. Instead, she attended a pri...

Friday's a drag

Normally, people like Fridays. For those with a Monday-to-Friday work week, it signals the end of the time period where we've sold our days to our employer, freeing us for more pleasurable pursuits. A full five days of work can take a lot out of you ...

The first day of kindergarten

Yesterday was Jared's first day of kindergarten. It was a new school, a new teacher, new kids... Just before bed Sunday night, as we were getting ready for bedtime stories, he confided to me that he thought he would miss home when he went to school. ...

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