We are our children’s first teachers, and what we teach them makes a difference. According to research by Betty Hart of the University of Kansas and Todd Risley of the University of Alaska, by age three, poor children have an accumulated experience with 30 million fewer words than their wealthier counterparts; a greater percentage of the words that poor children accumulate … [Read more...]
A space for local and national stories about issues surrounding education, especially as they relate to African Americans.
It’s been doing so since 1944 “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” is the signature slogan at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), led by President and CEO Michael L. Lomax. Local UNCF offices across the country are mandated to raise funds for the Washington, D.C. office where scholarship funding for students is distributed. Funding comes from varying … [Read more...]
Even though we want kids to grow up to become independent and accountable for themselves, when should parents trust their children with common things that kids and teenagers ask for? Bicycles, computers and cars are just a few. Let’s take a closer look at this dilemma. "Ingraining responsibility in children is not a trick, but is simply teaching them life skills," says Karen … [Read more...]
The interplay promotes brain development, long-term growth Did you know making faces and smiling at your baby, responding to gestures, or playing “peek-a-boo” during the first, crucial years of life have a profound effect on your baby’s overall growth, brain development and educational achievement? Your playful interactions, which may seem insignificant to you, actually … [Read more...]
A new school year has started and the end of the first quarter is fast approaching. Ideally, the best approach when school starts is to monitor your child’s academic performance each week and ask them how things are going at school. As a parent, you should know what is going on at all times. Yes, I know that can be difficult; however, you should take the appropriate steps to … [Read more...]