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Will The Real Recess Stand Up? It’s NOT Playworks, Phys. Ed., Meditating, or Brain Breaks!

By Nancy Bailey The lack of breaks for children and the misrepresentation of what constitutes recess continues to flourish. School reformers try unsuccessfully to replace recess. But recess is not Playworks, Phys.Ed., meditation, or Brain Breaks controlled by adults who tell children what to do, denying them the ability to learn academic and social skills that recess provides when children…

Who Runs the Best U.S. Schools? It May Be the Defense Department.

By Sarah Mervosh for the NY Times Amy Dilmar, a middle-school principal in Georgia, is well aware of the many crises threatening American education. The lost learning that piled up during the coronavirus pandemic. The gaping inequalities by race and family income that have only gotten worse. A widening achievement gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students. But she sees…

What’s up with the word “up”?

UP is an amazingly versatile word. In a dictionary, ’UP’ is listed as an adverb, adjective, noun, verb and preposition. In the morning we wake UP. At a meeting, a topic comes UP, we speak UP, officers are UP for election, and it’s UP to the secretary to write UP a report. We call UP our friends, brighten UP a…

I’m an American living in Denmark. Kids learn to read and write later than in the US because there’s more emphasis on playtime.

By Brooke Black for Insider My second daughter was born a week before the pandemic lockdown in March 2020 in Los Angeles. When my maternity leave was ending, LA was still a COVID-19 hot spot, and my husband and I didn’t feel comfortable putting our older child back in preschool. We packed two weeks’ worth of things and went to…

Phonics Is Important. But There Is No “Science of Reading”

by Diane Ravitch from her blog One of my grandsons sent me an article about the national rush to mandate “the science of reading,” and it caused me to explain briefly (without boring him) the background of the latest panacea. I didn’t tell him the history of the “reading wars,” which I researched and wrote about in Left Back (2000)….

We are having a giveaway!

Enter to win! Hey everyone! We are having a giveaway! 2 Lucky Winners will each win a $100 Amazon Gift Card & a 1-year membership of the Reading Kingdom program. ($199.99 Value) To enter please Create a short video review featuring your child’s experience with Reading Kingdom (30 seconds to 2 minutes). See the link below for full details. The…