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Twins Don't Need To Be Separated At School, Study Shows

Twins might do just as well in the same classroom. Credit: Corbis
When their children reach school age, many parents of twins wrestle with the decision to separate the siblings or put them in the same classroom. But according to recent research...

Teachers Using Cell Phones As Educational Tool

Students once banned from using their cell phones in class are now being asked to use them for school work. Credit: khedara, Flickr.
Teachers who once viewed cell phones as their natural enemy are now embracing them as a technological tool that c...

Montessori Preschool

Each Montessori preschool employs the teaching methods originated by Maria Montessori in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Montessori educational philosophy is based on the idea that children develop and think differently than...

Should Parents be Required to Volunteer at School?

One of the benefits of working from home is having a flexible schedule. Not only does this allow me to take care of my personal business during business hours, it gives me the opportunity to volunteer at Ellie's school on a regular basis. This, along...

Teen Arrested After Passing Gas at School

If this kid in Stuart, Florida was looking for a little attention at school, he certainly found an offensive way to get it. According to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, the 13-year-old was arrested earlier this month after purposely disrupting hi...

The myth of gender bias in school

You know that old saying about the glass being half full? Well, for some time now, speculation has been that when that glass is half full for girls, it's half-empty for boys. Ever since the passing of Title IX, which bans discrimination in educatio...

Teacher accused of being a wizard

One of my favorite teachers back in high school was Mr. Dorchester. He was a little quirky and absentminded, but he made studying history fun. He was a new-agey kind of guy who often drifted off subject with incredible tales of his own travels and ex...

Do your kids learn Darwinism in school?

I remember learning the theory of evolution in elementary school, fascinated by the theory that small genetic mutations could eventually cause the morphing of an entirely new species. I also remember that my religious Mother did not approve of the fa...

Third graders searched after money goes missing

My mother is famous for losing things. She's also famous for immediately accusing the nearest person of taking whatever it was she lost. Never, not once, has it turned out that someone actually took the missing item, but rather it was merely misplace...

Subtle Butt: I'll take a case, please

I don't remember at what age I became aware that farting in public was considered rude, but clearly at some point I got it. Like most kids, my friends and I thought passing gas was hilarious, but also sometimes inappropriate and embarrassing. If you ...

Moving on up?

Well, my not even ten-month-old son is about to move to the other room at his daycare. The other room, Infant 2, is generally reserved for babies who are at least a year old. My kid, however, is set to go either this week or next. Part of the reas...

Should cupcakes be banned?

I love cupcakes. LOVE them! I never really cared about them until I became pregnant, at which point, during my third trimester, I developed a craving for them. This turned into an obsession, which, once the baby was born, put cupcakes squarely into ...

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 ...

'Flat buns' TV ad has teachers fuming

So have you seen the latest Hardees TV ad? The marketing marvel apparently features an alluring young teacher shaking her money maker in front a class of students -- who are all rapping about the educator's "flat buns." According to Hardees, it was ...

Meeting the teacher

Yesterday afternoon, Rachel, Jared, and I visited his new school to see his classroom and meet his new teacher. We got there and met a couple of his classmates from his preschool in the parking lot. Rachel's mom was also there because she'll be picki...

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