Education: Elementary School

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PROJECT PROTECT: It’s a Bummer Being Bullied

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When I was 11, kids in my class steered clear of Quentin Tacker, the sixth-grade bully. Quentin was notorious for being the meanest kid at school. His targets often had their lunch money stolen, got stuffed in lockers, beaten up, threatened, intimidated, you name it. In retrospect, it was really quite amazing how one kid… Read more »

Public Schools

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Change is never easy, as Pedro Garcia has discovered. Amid rumors that he wants to do away with recess and kindergarten naps, the new Metro Nashville Public Schools superintendent has steadily and systematically begun to change the way Nashville educates its children.

Raise a Reader

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Educational initiatives to assure children that learn to read by the third grade abound at the national, state and local levels. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize that reading is the most important educational skill a child can possess. Here are some tips to help raise a reader.

Raising Little Scholars

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When most of us were babies, scientists knew relatively little about how our brains worked. Since then there have been major discoveries in the field of early childhood development.

School Accreditation

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It’s a typical school day morning. We send our children out the door to pre-, public, private or charter school, secure in the feeling that our school is as good, or better, than any other. But not all schools are created equal. Even though all public and private elementary schools must comply with the state… Read more »

School Success!

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For many families, after-school time has become a battlefield, filled with tension and tears as children struggle to complete assignments, and parents struggle to maintain a peaceful family life. One family’s cure: family study time. Could it work for you?

Stop Teasing Me!

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Clear as day, I remember a girl in my elementary school named Alice. Alice came from a poor family and her clothes were often worn and tattered. Kids would groan and roll their eyes if the teacher asked them to sit next to her. To catch “Alice’s kooties” was the worst thing that could happen… Read more »

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