Child Literacy

Phone your Senator today, Jan.10th and tell her or him whether or not to vote  approval for Mrs. DeVos. To find your Senator’s phone number, call the White House switchboard at 202-225–3121. Here are questions for you to consider: How are for profit and not-for-profit charters held accountable? How are charters issued? Who are the operators of charter schools? How is their mission defined? Do for-profit Charters operate under the directions of a Board of Directors? Is the administration of the school read more…

Posted: January 26, 2017 in: Action Alerts, Child Literacy

What does Betsy DeVos think about the discipline of students in the early grades? Does she think that disruptive students should be suspended or expelled? Does she believe that the “Zero Tolerance” law should apply to misbehavior or disruptive behavior in the classroom? Should parents of students who appear to have attention deficit disorder be advised to seek drug treatment or some type of electroshock therapy? Does Betsy DeVos have investments in drugs that include amphetamines? Does she have investments read more…

Posted: January 24, 2017 in: Child Literacy, Preschool, school discipline

Many of us, including our policemen and women have become accustomed to solving conflict with violence. There is too much violence in our lives. We are losing our ability to resolve conflict verbally. Many adults and children live in terror that they or a loved one will be killed or maimed by a gunshot. We can change this by; curbing all gun sales, teaching gun safety at home in school, and using internet resources, linking schools to local community mental read more…

Posted: December 21, 2016 in: Child Literacy, General, Preschool

Traditional and charter schools can cooperate so as to improve our children’s education. One example is in the town of Lawrence MA where cooperation resulted in increased rates of graduation, and a reduction of school drop-outs. The relationship between traditional and charter school occurred after the Lawrence school district went into receivership because of extremely poor performance. This occurred five years ago when fewer than one-half of the students graduated from High School. The receivership focussed on student achievement rather than internal bickering. Additional read more…

Posted: December 10, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Preschool

President Elect Trump speaks of eliminating the U. S. Department of Education and national standards for public education – as did President Reagan. Our last four presidents worked on national standards. Their work improved public education and high school graduation rates, but more needs to be done. Our high school students often graduate with poor preparation for technical jobs, and immigrants are hired whose education is relevant. You can sign up with Promise the Children and support education.  You can get to know your read more…

Posted: November 23, 2016 in: Child Literacy

Low-waged single parent(s) cannot pay market rate for child care. Many children are in risky situations where they are neglected or abused.  Some are lucky enough to have a relative or neighbor to provide care. Some are supported by childcare vouchers or are in Head Start. A minimum waged single parent working 40 hours weekly may be earning as much as $15,080 annually. This is below the Federal poverty line. The median income in the United States is estimated at $51,939. This is read more…

Posted: September 26, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Child Poverty, Health Insurance, Preschool

By Grade Pirez – A High School Student who volunteers for Promise the Children & Girls’ Inc. It’s difficult to put into words how incredibly moving Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education was. I’d like to warn you, though, that I’m not familiar with stage performances outside of Broadway musicals, so I can’t give a particularly artistic review of the production. I am, however, familiar with the rampant racism that has been a pressing issue read more…

Posted: September 18, 2016 in: Child Literacy

by Grace Pires, High School Student & Volunteer at Promise the Children and Girl’s Inc. With the way the world is now seamlessly interconnected– whether through technology, trade, or facilitated travel– it is beneficial for people to speak more than one language. Oftentimes young preschoolers are only taught English, and begin studying another language at middle school age. This is great for monolingual children, but it can hurt children who are already bilingual. In the classroom, children don’t have many read more…

Posted: August 12, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Preschool

by Grace Pires, Junior High School Student & volunteer at Promise the Children & Girl’s Inc. There’s no denying that America is a multicultural melting pot. So it’s only fair that the American education system openly acknowledges various white and non-white cultures and promotes diversity in the classroom. By teaching students about other cultures, starting in pre school and continuing in grade school, teachers can enable young children to respect others whose traditions and appearances are different from their own. read more…

Posted: August 12, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Preschool

“Summer slide” causes the achievement gap between children whose families earn less, and those that earn more. In summer children forget what they learned in the previous school year when parents cannot afford to send them to quality camps. A quality camp combines fun with learning activities. Children with wealthy parents who send them to well-rounded camps do not experience summer slide. The camp programs that prevent summer slide provide learning activities similar to the school curriculum, but more fun. Reading, writing read more…

Posted: August 8, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Child Poverty


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