April Doesn’t Want Your Kids to be Stupid Either

I wish I could tell you that Lani and I planned these postings – but that would suggest far more organization than we even come close to having. Nevertheless, Lani penned a great post inspired by a Lifehacker find of Wendy Piersall’s Educational Games for Kids. I will follow up with one inspired by the newest Joyful Jubilant Learning author, Angela (not her first name) Maiers. Angela also writes a blog of her own – you should go check it out.

First, the video

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As a parent, I find the data shocking. Unfortunately, I know little about how to combat it. The major reason for this post is to do the same thing as Angela did – ask for ideas. There seems to be a disconnect somewhere…bureaucracy maybe…I don’t know. But there has to be a proactive idea out there that has worked.

I am wondering – is it time to reinvent the wheel? Or, has it already been done and not enough people know about it?

I know I have some educators, parents, and all around smart folks that honor me with visits here. If ever there was a time to kick in your two cents – now is it.


  1. I am SO blogging this. Good find. I am with you. Yours are years ahead of mine — but I am concerned with the traditional “schooling.” I hope teachers are willing to research and learn and live and commit to engaging my child. I will post the link once I blog it.

    Happiest of New Years to you and your family!

  2. Christy

    I am glad you liked it – I know it made my brain work. And, as a note, your high point was mine as well. The idea of activly engaging my children was the biggest thing I took away from it. I mean I think I do that, and I bet you do too. But, I had never looked at it quite that way and it made the whole idea more intentional.

    Happy New Years to you too!

  3. I’ll put things out–first–read DeBono–teach your child how to think.

    The tenet of our education system is that it teaches obedience and not cognition. Risk takers and rule breakers are heavily penalized. We also have a monopoly system–or near monopoly, and we’ve sanctified teachers (who are collectively and individually responsible for eroding standards). Nobody wants to be different, he pull towards what we’re doing is so strong.

    Just thoughts during the Giants/Pats game

  4. Wade–I also think that it’s more than to teach both calc and conflict resolution. Being exposed to the material is the important part.

  5. April, thank you for posting this video. It does exactly what I intended it to do on my blog-ignite this powerful conversation. I believe it is a must see for every parent and teacher. I hear in your readers voices what I hear in schools. Many are aware of the disconnect between the schools we have and the schools we need, but there is very little being done to remedy the situation. Testing and adding curriculum is NOT the answer. Thanks for keeping the conversation alive-let’s keep talking!

  6. Wade Young says:

    If you make a list of the things that it takes to be successful in life, you will quickly realize that school doesn’t teach any of them. I’m talking about things like risk taking, managing your emotions, speaking correctly, manners, not yielding to all authority, posture, self-starting, innovation, humility, how to spot scams, personal finance, how to be alone and happy, etc. Schools should teach the things that young people need to live successful lives. Out with calculus, in with conflict resolution.

    I think that we need a complete revamp of the public and private school systems. Homeschooling is a move in that direction, but I’m not convinced it is the solution either. Anyone interested in this topic should read John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History of American Education. It’s a fabulous book on this very subject written by a teacher voted both New York City and State teacher of the year.


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