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Some sticks hurt more than others....

“Sticks and Stones” — Too Harsh for Today’s Kids?

. Storyteller Tom Shillue ponders exactly the children’s rhyme I have been thinking a lot about lately, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” It’s annoying that I have to add a caveat here that I do not endorse bullying. (Come on — who does?) (Besides some presidential candidates, […]

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Pretty soon I gotta go inside to do my homework.

Even Pre-K Gives Snow Day Homework

. Terrified about the possibility of snow day-induced “amnesia,” Washington, D.C., schools sent home extra packets of homework on Friday.  (Just how truly are the students absorbing their material if it evaporates quicker than a snowflake?) What irks me about this “School work uber alles” mentality is the idea that kids who are simply playing […]

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What age kids CAN walk to school is different from what age we LET kids walk to school.

“Send The Beloved Child on a Journey”

. Usually I don”t have the patience to watch an 8-minute video, but this one fascinated me: . . The two families — one Japanese, one Australian — are obviously hand-picked and hence not a random sample. But Japan DOES trust its kids out and about at an early age, and clearly this is not […]

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My spidey sense tells me he or she is about to prey upon our precious children.

To Volunteer, All You Have to do Is…

. Below is just one of several letters I’ve gotten recently from parents frustrated or furious about having to get background checked before they can do something as simple as coach T-ball, or chaperon kids on a field trip. The idea is that somehow, in the time a parent is shepherding a gaggle of goofy […]

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Oh no! MORE of them! Our poor children!

A Truck Drove by The Bus Stop!

. This was a  notice sent out by an Iowa school district. As the resident who sent it to me wrote, “Evidently it is now a crime to even speak to a child waiting for the bus. Two men in a truck! Everybody run!” (Boldface mine.) Subject: Stranger Danger Alert: 1300 Block of NW 92nd Street, Clive […]

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Welcome to Mansfield, OH, where there’s even a MAN in its name! Terrifying!

Attempted Child Abduction!!!! Or, wait…

. UPDATE: Turns out this story took place in Mansfield, OH, not Mansfield, TX. Sorry, Texas!  When you believe all kids are in constant danger, you get situations like this one, in Mansfield, OH: MANSFIELD – Stranger danger education saved one Butler Elementary School student from possible abduction Tuesday. The student was leaving the building […]

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I'm scared some school administrator is going to be an idiot!

What a Stupid and Terrifying School Intruder Drill

From Wyoming’s trib.com news comes possibly the dumbest school shooting drill I’ve heard of: Aubrey Truman was swinging on the playground at Worland’s East Side Elementary School about 10 a.m. Thursday when she received the scare of her life. A man in a hooded sweatshirt with a suspicious backpack appeared in the back of the […]

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A kid, a cone, a conquest.

What Happens When a Boy Gets Lost on His Very First Bike Ride

The Free-Range Kids Project is catching on. The idea is simple: A school, a grade, or even just one teacher tells the students to go home and ask their parents if they can do ONE THING that they feel they’re ready to do that, for one reason or another, they haven’t done yet. Most recently, […]

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