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SmackDown: Should Parents Expect Pricey Preschools to Get Their Kids into the Ivy League?

Look, Ma! I'm preschool valedictorian! Illustration by Dori Hartley
Parent Deserves Preschool Services She Paid (a Lot) to Receive by Tom Henderson Academic pressure can wait. Preschool should be a time for singi...
A N.Y. mom is suing her child's former preschool for not delivering on its academic promises. Discuss.

New School for Gifted-Only Students Opens, Tuition Tops $28K

A group of high-powered New York mothers banded together to create a new school for gifted students at a time when seats for academically-advanced kids are few and far between in the city's public schools. The Speyer Legacy School opened this fall...

Teens Suspended for Taunting Teacher on Facebook

A prestigious British girls' school suspended 29 pupils after a Facebook page targeting a female teacher was printed and passed around. The teacher was reportedly so upset by the malicious comments made by a group called "The Hate Society" that she ...

Blue Man Group Opens Elementary School

If you live in New York City and can afford just over $27,000 a year for private school, you now have another option for your elementary-aged student. The founders of Blue Man Group and their wives recently opened Blue School in the East Village. ...

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 ...

Preschool or prep school?

Do you and your partner argue about educating your kid? We do. My husband taught elementary school for nine years, and he saw a lot of kids who couldn't count to 10 or spell their own names in first grade. I know that shaped his views, but we still d...

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 ...

Children and eating disorders

We all knew that girl in high school, the one who never ate anything. She was pencil thin, with paper thin hair and skin. She was anorexic or bulimic, but no one ever talked about it. She withered away right in front of us and no one realized it wa...

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...

Should teachers have personal lives?

How much of a teacher's personal life does a school really need to care about? Certainly, if they have a history of molesting children, that's an issue. If they don't like ice cream, well, I'd say there's something wrong with them, but it's not reall...

Students raise $2000 so custodian can visit San Francisco

Every now and then, people are awesome. Like the students at Magnum Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina, who raised $2,000 so Joe Venable, their 71-year-old custodian, could experience his life-long dream -- visiting San Francisco's Golden ...

Boy named Hell finally allowed into Catholic school

I imagine life seems ominous for the Hell family. Their name, after all, evokes images of unspeakable pain and horrible suffering for all eternity. You'd think the one institution that would understand the family's life-long struggle against the evil...

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