Coping with standards based grading, am I the only one struggling?

This year is the first in which both of my older children are enrolled in mainstream schools. My oldest, Loren, attended a Waldorf school for his elementary and middle school years, my middle child, Cassidy, has a mixture of Waldorf and Montessori ed...

Why am I doing freshman science write-ups when I am 37?

For the past eight years my son has attended a Waldorf school. It was a wonderful education and one that suited him well during his early years. Now he is in a mainstream public high school and our lives have changed drastically. Please note how I us...

The art of test prepping

For a great number of eighth grade students across the country, the SSAT and similar such tests are a part of the high school admissions process. Most students have been exposed to standardized tests during their academic careers, but the SSAT elevat...

Knitting: good for idle hands and keeping the brain busy

Both of my older children have attended a Waldorf school where handwork is part of the required curriculum. Handwork involves everything from sewing to knitting. My son hates this class for the most part, but my daughter took to handwork, especially ...

"Unschooling" is a growing movement in education

I am all in favor of alternative schooling methods for children. My oldest child attends a small private Waldorf school, my middle child is at a public Montessori charter school and my youngest just started at a private Montessori preschool. I believ...

When the homework load increases

My son is in the 8th grade this year. He attends a Waldorf school where there have been no grades for his entire academic career. Since his school only goes through the 8th grade, his teachers are trying to prepare the class for the time when they mu...

Does "No Child Left Behind" help to create community splits?

My community has become more and more divided over the past 10 years when it comes to the subject of education. The chasm recently deepened even more so with the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law. Until the law was voted into place there...


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