Children do not belong to the government. However, some parents fail to understand that moms and dads are responsible for training their children. Sadly, too many parents assume that “professional” educators know how best to prepare a child for school and what should be taught to children in K through 12 instructional programs. Ironically, thousands of children are “under-educated” before and after they are introduced to formal instructional programs. Following are some practical tips which all children should experience at scheduled times (as appropriate) between conception and graduation. (more…)
Staff are wise to implement a deliberate plan to change the mental processes of students through frequent eye contact, conversation, notes and body language that convey acceptance, affirmation, confidence and encouragement. To that objective, staff should initiate contacts at school and home at least two weeks prior to test dates in order to change the way students perceive themselves and how they process essential knowledge and skills which exams will measure. An effective approach is to ask questions and make comments designed to stimulate the front lobe of the brain while neutralizing tendency to activate the back lobe of the brain. The front lobe is the seat of inspiration, initiative, creativity, confidence, and curiosity. The back lobe is the seat of anger, fear, depression, and defense mechanisms. Students who operate predominately from the rear lobe are likely to fail exams. Students who operate from the front lobe are more likely to recall the essential knowledge and skills necessary to pass exams.