Education Of Children

The link between family structure and poverty

Nicole M. King | 07 April 2014
One of poverty's major causes is being raised outside of an intact family.

Tests, and why some kids stress out

Carolyn Moynihan | 08 February 2013
Some people are genetically better equipped to handle stress, but others can learn through less serious forms of competition.

Parents should allow kids to fail

Carolyn Moynihan | 05 February 2013
These are the parents who worry me the most -- parents who won't let their child learn, writes a teacher.

The new praise: “Show me your struggle”

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 January 2012
We’ve been a bit sceptical about the self-esteem movement on this site in the past but now it seems we are in respectable company.

To help kids, help their parents

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 November 2011
A leading British headmistress is worried that it is not just today's schoolchildren who lack values and good standards of behaviour but also their parents.

LGBT studies: first legislate then work out how to teach

Mariette Ulrich | 20 October 2011
Teachers and administrators are flummoxed about how to carry out a new law requiring California public schools to teach all students — from kindergartners to 12th graders — about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in history classes.

Economics education: it’s never too soon to start

Rebekah Hebbert | 23 July 2011
While many institutions can play a part in providing this education, the family is the best place to start economics education.

“Simon Says” teaches self-control

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 July 2011
An old classroom game designed to raise alertness is enjoying new popularity among educators as a way to foster and measure self control in children.

History textbooks tinged with pink?

Mariette Ulrich | 09 July 2011
A bill that would require textbooks for California public schools to include the historical contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people passed the state Assembly.

School wants to know how new entrants were born. No kidding.

Mariette Ulrich | 16 June 2011
Once upon a time, all you had to do in order to enrol in school was be 6 years old and toilet-trained. How times have changed. Now they want to know how you were born, and why it happened like that...

Cursive handwriting: a lost art

Mariette Ulrich | 03 May 2011
I’ve taught cursive handwriting to all my children, starting in the second grade, but not all of them continued to use it when they grew older.

Four years old, future dashed?

Mariette Ulrich | 21 March 2011
Stories of parents who do battle with schools or educational bureaucracies are nothing new, but this one from the New York Post seems a little out of the ordinary.

Striving for goals, step by step

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 March 2011
An article about Making Kids Work on Goals in the Wall Street Journal suggests that schools (and parents?) are just beginning to realise the importance of setting not just big goals, but realistic, incremental goals.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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