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They’re so worried about music…but our kids still lag behind in basics!

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 16, 2009

This study reports the unsurprising fact that U.S. students lag behind in their knowldege of the Arts. While this is upsetting, it doesn’t worry me nearly as much as the the fact that our schools continue to be sub-par in even the most basic areas of producing students who can read and do math. And, in fact that ‘No Child Left Behind’ has done nothing except force mediocrity upon those students who has even the slightest hope of exelling, because they are now forced to spend all their time studying for monotonous, mundane and  unsatisfying state tests.

Teachers have lost any ability to be creative, school districts have become corrupt in order to satisfy the need to meet state standards.

Real reform would not only bring back the arts, it would over haul the entire system including making school administrators and teachers perform to higher standards than the trappings of tenure require of them. Then maybe our students would be competing with the rest of the world.

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Movie ratings really do count

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 11, 2009

When you’re taking kids or teens to the movies this summer, pay attention to the ratings. Sexual and violent content, as well as messages about people smoking, drinking and using drugs can impact negatively on a child for years to come. Read more about the importance of picking movies carefully, in my nationally syndicated column this month, A Teachable Moment.

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Help others get a job w/out getting burned yourself

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 7, 2009

It’s important to give your time, advice and support to those out of work, but many people are being asked for help several times a week or even a day. You need to find a way to help supportively, but without hurting yourself.

This NY Times piece gives solid advice for how to help without compromising yourself, including my suggestions for how to make sure you don’t let yourself become emotionally drained, but still do your best to help as many people as possible

On the other side, if you’re the networker, looking for a job, there’s a way to do it so that you get what you need without alienating those who are helping. You’ll find advice in this piece for how to do that too!

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