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Editor's Notes

We want to protect our children—from danger, from disappointment, from risks. But we also realize that it’s essential to let our children embrace new challenges.

Appropriate risk-taking can be a powerful catalyst for growth that helps children develop good judgment, persistence, and resilience. How though, do we navigate through the fear of our litigation-driven culture to a balanced approach towards risk-taking?   These articles offer some thought-provoking perspectives.

Is the real risk no-risk?  I'd love to hear what you think. Email me.

Rhonda
Rhonda Johnson
Editor

In this Issue...

Standards of Experience

Standards of Experiance
Article
Date: May 01, 2010
Author: Dr. Lilian G. Katz
Many public officials, policy makers, politicians, journalists, and many others use a variety of clichés when discussing education. Clichés are usually defined as vague, stereotyped, overused expressions that large numbers of people readily agree with. They are also ideas that have...

Core Standards in Kindergarten

CoreStandards
Article
Date: May 01, 2010
Author: Eric Gidseg
The Common Core Standards developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers raise the bar of academic achievement for young children. They do this in spite of, rather than in the service of, what we know about the ways that young children learn. They...

A Letter to Families and Friends of the Children in Room 13

A Letter to Families
Article
Date: May 01, 2010
Author: Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld
Thank you for responding to our call for scrounge items. When you come to the open house next week, you’ll notice that our huge basket of stuff is almost empty! Look for former contents in our homemade instruments, inventions, puzzles, museum exhibits, collections, and constructions, and in...

Closing the Achievement Gap

Closing the Gap
Article
Date: May 01, 2010
Author: Ellen Galinsky
This year, a number of changes are planned by the Obama Administration, the Department of Education, the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and others to address the achievement gap in the United States, a gap that begins before children even enter school...