Plagiarizing Doesn’t Happen Only in School

Original thought that contributes to common knowledge and greater understanding is demanded of students across the country.  New software that scans students’ work and rates the percentage of the document that is potentially plagiarized are being used in high school and college classrooms. One high school junior told us that her teacher returned her history term paper rough draft with…

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Guest Post: Advice about the College Essay from a Graduated Senior to The Class of 2013

About the Author: In a few weeks, Hunter will be a Freshman at UC Berkeley, considering a major in Physics.  He applied to 10 colleges and wrote 18 short answer and full length college application essays in Fall 2011.  _________________________ Tips for writing college essays (from someone who wrote quite a few): Don’t sacrifice your voice to achieve an orthodox…

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Eventually…May Be the Key Lesson to Learn

Learning is a combination of asking questions for clarification, quiet reflection to understand the meaning of the words spoken and action to test the lessons of what was heard.  A possible re-examination may be needed to review the lessons and revise its application.  Sometimes, this cycle repeats multiple times over many years.  (Or as I once was told, “Sometimes you…

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“A Spoonful of Hope Makes Move In Day Go Down…”

“The last step in parental love involves the release of the beloved.” -Lewis Mumford Easy words to read; difficult words to carry out in practice.  Parents all over the country are preparing for their offspring moves to colleges and residence halls.  Roommate assignments are arriving.  Shopping trips for new bedspreads, stacking crates, power strips, and non-marking tape are flooding local…

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Just Because You Can, Does That Mean You Should?

Are we “solving” issues too quickly with medication, or just “kicking the can down the road” only now with more complications for a generation of today’s youth?  According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports 14% of Americans 12 years and older have been on medications for 10 years or longer. …

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When Life Hands You Lemons…

A lemonade stand can become a math, economics, marketing, English/Language Arts, financial literacy, health & nutrition, community building and team work lesson–all while enjoying a delicious treat in the heated shade of summer.    Any aged kids can be involved, as the tasks to set up the stand vary.  A patient parent or patient team of parents can give guidance…

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PTA in College?

Parents are “graduating” from 12 years of PTA/PTO/PTSA meetings, alongside their high school seniors, so joining a college’s Parent Association may be the last idea on their list of moving junior/juniorette out of the house.  Plus, aren’t kids meant to be finally on their own in college? For the secret helicopter parent, a college parent association can be a transition…

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Instant Civics Lesson–Memorial Day & California’s Tuesday Primary Election

Learning isn’t only in the classroom and for a grade.  Life presents educational opportunities everyday. Tuesday’s Primary Election can spur conversations about citizenship.  Why is there a Primary election?  Why are voters electing delegates to the party primaries, not the Presidential candidate themselves?  What’s a Proposition?  Why are the voters deciding abut new expenses (i.e. bond measures) and not the…

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Summer…To Break or Not or Both?

Summer break–two words that often have a different meaning for parents and for students.   Parents are often concerned that their students will dive into sleeping through the day and video games, while ignoring summer reading.     Students seeking to relax will meet a compromise with parents by participating in camps and leadership activities that flex muscles, which may not be…

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Prudent fiscal planning is essential in today’s economically turbulent world (Part 1)

As you sit down to contemplate your budget, and wonder how you will afford to pay for on-going, future educational related expenses, it might be worth your while to take a wider view of your situation from say 30,000 feet. If you where to get airborne and climb to this elevation, this is what you might see of the current…

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