Children need freedom to venture out on their own

    Before she retired, my mother-in-law was an elementary school principal. Recently, a former colleague of hers became the principal at a failing charter school, which she promptly overhauled. Student performance quickly began to improve — from academics to a reduction in behavior problems. But not everyone liked the changes. A parent called the principal […]

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Teach children respect and politeness for all

Back when “Talk of the Nation” was a call-in program on NPR, it aired a show that hit home: Middle-class parents who were raised in working-class families often rigorously monitor their kids for elitist behavior. Where and to whom we are born is the ultimate crap shoot. No matter your circumstances, one human is not […]

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