Animism

In reading about the referendum in Sudan, one may have come across the term “animism.”

Teachers Fired at Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls school superintendent Frances Gallo has decided to deal with the ineffectiveness of the local high school by firing its entire faculty and staff. Not a cool move.

Watch Out for Caillou’s English

Parents who want their children to learn a standard form of English must be alert to what the child is hearing while parked in front of the television set. Not even so-called “educational” programming can be trusted to model standard speech these days.

Pronouns Have Case

Nothing screams lack of education more loudly than saying “Me and Harry went to the zoo,” and “Send the invitation to Sally and he.”

Choosing a Notebook for Classwork

The variety of notebooks available to children these days is bewildering. Some are better suited to schoolwork than others. In the interest of good study habits, the choice should probably not be left entirely to the preference of the student.

Beware of Education Jargon

Parents need examine such terms as literacy, multiculturalism, national average, percentile, proficiency and letter grades. They may mean something else entirely to the people running the schools.