Resources for Parents & Teachers
(What is schooling, really? Start learning about this before your child starts preschool! Being able to respond to questions and what your child hears about school, if honest and straightforward, can set you up to be a resource for your child - in your child's view - rather than someone to talk as little as possible.
For a way of seeing how schools work and why in a way that you can share with your children (talking about it in your own words for younger children, watching and talking with your older children) see Ken Robinson's TEDTalk, Changing Educational Paradigms.
For the role of self-determination in motivation in growth, cooperation, and accomplishment, watch Edward Deci (author of Why We Do What We Do, a great read), see his TEDTalk here Motivation.
For why and how schools can adjust for more diversity, see L. Todd Rose's TEDTalk, The Myth of Average here. Great to share and watch with others, including your older children. For issues related to older children in school, read his very readable book, Square Peg.