An apology and an explanation

I want to apologize for not posting on Dropout to Dean's List for quite a while. I have moved from Caledon, Ontario, which is near Toronto, to Waterloo, Ontario, a city about 100 km south of Caledon. The move was the first in about 25 years and necessitated divesting myself of 1,200 books and 37 … [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...]

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...]

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...]

How to be a success like Genie Bouchard.

Genie Bouchard: secrets of a successful person Genie Bouchard, Wimbledon junior champion 2 years ago at 18. Wimbledon finalist at 20 this year. Why she's a success and how you can be too. SELF-CONFIDENCE First she is completely self-confident. When she goes out on the tennis court she expects to … [Read more...]

The Over-Praise Dilemma: When Complimenting Kids Actually Holds Them Back

This study is new but it only confirms what we knew long ago. Many parents over-praise their kids activities to the detriment of the child's self-esteem. Across playgrounds, schoolyards and classrooms, it is common to hear well-intentioned parents, caregivers and teachers heap high praise on … [Read more...]

Teachers Tell Us How to Fix Science and Math

There was some good news today for New York City high school students interested in computers--the city's Department of Education announced it would spend $1 million in public and private money to train 120 teachers in computer science and coding. Dozens of new computer science classes taught by … [Read more...]

American students perform poorly

Even Gifted Students Can’t Keep Up In Math and Science, the Best Fend for Themselves "Advancements in science and engineering have extended life, employed millions and accounted for more than half of American economic growth since World War II, but they are slowing. The nation has to enlarge its … [Read more...]

Fixing math and science for today’s students

Teachers Tell Us How to Fix Science and Math  "Only 19 percent of American high school students have taken a computer science course. Many students who might have excellent coding abilities are never exposed to the subject, missing out on promising career paths. That’s often because teachers … [Read more...]

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