Dropout to Dean’s List–What’s Coming! Life Purpose (Part 1)

DROPOUT TO DEAN'S LIST--WHAT'S  COMING (Part 1) Life Purpose The other day, I told you about my house move and explained why I haven’t been posting for months. We moved house and city, and it took almost forever! We are still renovating. I’m trying to get back to normal; but, for example, we have … [Read more...]

Free community college for students? Maybe not. Maybe with strings.

FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS? MAYBE NOT. Maybe with strings attached. Further to the Obama idea of providing free education to college students,  Carol J. Carter has some excellent points in The Huffington Post. The piece was co-written by Sarah Lyman Kravits and Maureen Breeze. The … [Read more...]

College Dropout Rates in the U.S. are bad

College Dropout Rates in the U.S. are bad and there is no hope in sight for many. BUT THERE IS FOR YOU  Jordan Weissman, writing in Slate gives us an update on America's awful college dropout rates. It's something I've been writing about a lot here, on Dropout to Dean's List. The research is from … [Read more...]

DROPOUT TO DEAN’S LIST: AN INTRODUCTION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

DROPOUT TO DEAN'S LIST A DIVISION OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE COLLEGE ( Note: we are in the middle of changing this page. The gift I promise you will be available asap as soon as we integrate it with this page.)   My name is Frank Daley If you have a problem with school  that is driving you crazy... If … [Read more...]

At-risk students. False and real reasons for failure.

At-risk students Students give various reasons for failing at school, dropping out or otherwise being at-risk for those things. WHAT ARE THE FALSE "REASONS" FOR  STUDENT FAILURE?    1. "I'm stupid." 2. The teacher hates me. 3. I was never any good at school. 4. etc. Wrong. Students make … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Books for Kids ( You might not know about!)

5 benefits of books for kids you might not have thought of. Parents who read to their children see the kid reap the benefits. Yes they have  bigger vocabularies but they also read more, write more, are more curious, and become better students. But more than that, children also gain some incredible … [Read more...]

Fidgety boys and how they learn.

Fidgety boys: how they learn. Here are some examples of Letters to the Editor of the NYTimes on David Leonhardt's piece,  A Link between fidgety boys and a sputtering economy First, Mr Leonhardt's piece:  “A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy,” by David Leonhardt (The Upshot, April … [Read more...]

Fidgety boys, school and achievement. How to get help.

Fidgety boys, school and achievement Aspbergers, ADHD, ADD, Tourettes, autism...the list is endless. We are bombarded with information (but not much help) for boys (and girls) who suffer from these sociological, psychological,  mental, "conditions." They confound parents, experts, teachers and the … [Read more...]

20 ways parents can identify “at-risk” students

At risk students--20 ways parents can identify them. NOTE: This is appearing shortly after the suicide of Robin Williams. SELF-HARM Not all at-risk students are at-risk of self-harm or suicide but there are connections and similarities. And one in five students DO harm themselves. This is … [Read more...]

Why are Fewer U.S. H.S. Grads Opting for College?

Fewer high school graduates are opting for college these days. Why? Here's a good piece on the subject by Floyd Norris writing in The New York Times. Read More   No college? If you are having trouble deciding whether to go to college or university, email me and we'll discuss it (no … [Read more...]

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