What is being learned by our children about the world, about school, from our children’s early environment? I recommend you add information from the following talks to your understanding and practice of your parenting about schooling with your preschooler as well as your older children.
What is schooling, really? How does it work? Why is it set up like it is?
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:
For why and how schools can adjust for more diversity and why that is critical, see L. Todd Rose's TEDTalk,
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.
For you as a parent, this is about 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:
--Parenting 2.0-- Life Skills - Where Life Skills Thrive
Life skills are skills for successful living in the real and current world, and include the many things that schools to not teach successfully or do not teach at all, things that parents either do not know or or do not have or take the time to show their children (understandably, in today's busy and economically competitive world). Click on the this link to access many resources for learning life skills and/or becoming a Life Skills educator on
Click the following link for Parenting 2.0 Public Service Interviews: how to nurture social-emotional learning at home or in the classroom:
Listen to recent 30-minute interviews with many of today's top educators, researchers, and authors, (including yours truly!) such as:
Dr. Jane Bluestein, author "The Win-Win Classroom" and "The Perfection Deception"
Dr. Robert Brooks, author "The Power of Resilience"
Martin Dutcher, author "Beyond Good Parenting" (parents of pre-schoolers focus)
Paula Prentis & Chris Parrot, authors "Reach Before You Teach"
Dr. Shimi Kang, author "The Dolphin Parent" in Canada, "The Self-Motivated Child" in US
Dr. Rick Hanson, author "Hardwiring Happiness"
Dr. Donna Volpitta, Creator of Pathway to Empower Program
Starla Lewis, Diversity Expert, Seven Time Teacher of the Year