Kids’ inner voices

I’m having a lovely weekend with a friend who is expecting her first baby this summer. My friend and her husband are in the process of name selection and she was sharing with me the challenge she is having figuring out how to have the name reflect both her and her husband’s family. It is […]

Kids, movement and health

View image | gettyimages.com I was at a Montessori school in New Haven last week and got to spend some time watching primary kids ages 3 years to 5 years in their classroom. Montessori primary classrooms have an area called practical life that is filled with activities like sweeping, washing, cutting, pouring. For the uninitiated […]

Professional insight and parenting

View image | gettyimages.com Last fall I had friends over whose son was in the same class as my son at our local Montessori school. They were a bit annoyed at the school and the teacher because they felt that their son was floundering and nothing was being done; they were considering changing schools. Montessori […]

The Sense and Sensibility of Boarding School

I’ve been reading a lot about adolescent development behavior recently and the more I read, the more I am coming around to the idea of boarding school for middle and high school students. A lot of expat kids come home to Singapore for the holidays. And I’m not talking about college students – I’m talking […]

Can we be virtually real?

Our family is spending the Christmas and New Year holidays in east Asia this year.  One of my older brothers and his family live in Singapore and we not seen them in over two years.  Given how often they come to the US, it seemed a good time to make the trip over.  As it […]

Business and education

View image | gettyimages.com I was at the annual meeting of a local Chamber of Commerce last week and couldn’t help but be struck by the simplistic way in which business leaders talk about education reform. I am frustrated by the double standard adopted by the business community when it comes to shaping and, in […]

Reformers as parents: the early years

View image | gettyimages.com I have to admit being wryly amused these days after conversations with colleagues who have been on the “reform” side of education policy conversations over the last four years. The reason? Many of them are now parents whose children are getting ready to enter preschool or kindergarten. People whose day jobs […]