Should Boys’ Grades Suffer Due to Their Behavior in School?

My son is in kindergarten. He’s smart but sometimes he has a problem staying in his seat …and standing in line …and not talking. He’s not the only one. My husband and I worked with him at home, and he’s improved. So have his ‘report card grades.’ Even though, I feel his school work performance remains the same. And I’m concerned. 

This article gives documentation to my concern. It’s extremely relative and important to read, share, and discuss. Is your son’s physical behavior at school negatively impacting his academic grade? boys in the back

The Boys at the Back by Christina Hoff Summers – NYTimes.com

Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer….  No previous study, to my knowledge, has demonstrated that the well-known gender gap in school grades begins so early and is almost entirely attributable to differences in behavior. The researchers found that teachers rated boys as less proficient even when the boys did just as well as the girls on tests of reading, math and science. (The teachers did not know the test scores in advance.) If the teachers had not accounted for classroom behavior, the boys’ grades, like the girls’, would have matched their test scores.

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Save My Son: “It’s a Movement”

Are you a mother at the end of your rope? Is your son out of control and only getting worse? TV One’s new show, Save My Son, may be able to help. But the process won’t be pretty. Educator Steve Perry really gets in the business of the young Black boys – and their families – who are on the show.

This is the most productive, hard-hitting reality TV show I’ve seen.  I’m not going to regurgitate numbers, but statistically young Black males are almost predestined for prison or death at an early age.  Honestly, I don’t think any of us has a solid reason or solution to this epidemic. 

But Steve Perry is fighting to reshape the lives of these Black children who have fallen by the wayside.  And these are not all stereotypical low-income situations either. I love that about the show! You are certain to find similarities to your own family structure.  As a mom to two young Black boys, I’m paying attention!

Remarkably, Dr. Perry gets in the head of these boys, which is hard to do with ANY teen –  male, female, Black, White, whatever. I learn something every time. I recommend that you tune in Wednesday nights, 9pm EST. 

As Dr. Perry says, this is a show and it’s a movement! Because our sons are worth saving!

5 Science Project Ideas for My Kindergartner

Science was never my strong suite. But I don’t want my son to feel that way. Yet, every time I think about my KINDERGARTNER having to do a science project – it makes my skin crawl! How am I to explain hypothesis and variables and predictions to him – and keep his (my) attention?

However, I’ve found some websites and some project ideas. (Did you see the video?) If you are in the same boat, hope this helps – and feel free to shoot some ideas my way too!

1. What is the best way to wash your hands? (This one would be useful!)
2. Does the temperature underground vary as much as the surface temperature? (Digging in the dirt? That would be fun!)
3. What shape bubbles can you blow? (Blowing bubbles as a science project? Oh, he’d LOVE  that!)
4. Can food coloring change the color of water? (Water play is always a winner.)
5. Do girls have better manners at the shopping center than boys and men?  Whoah! Is that politically correct? Interesting, but we’ll think I’ll pass :-).

Honestly, in the end, this science project might not be so bad – and dare I say – fun? But I’ll still probably hand this off to the DAD!

Magic Johnson launches high school drop-out recovery program

The opening celebration for the Magic Johnson’s Atlanta Bridgescape center will be held TODAY, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the DTLR store at South DeKalb Mall in DeKalb County.

Bridgescape is a drop-out prevention and recovery program designed to help people aged 14 to 20 who are either at risk of quitting school or who have left and want to return to complete their high school education.

Watch below to see how successful the program is in Columbus, OH.

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(almost) $200 off Zoo Atlanta Safari Summer Camp!

Three weeks before school (for my munchkins) and the summer camps at Zoo Atlanta are on SALE!

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The full-day Summer Safari Camp weekly rate for a non-member is normally $290. It’s currently for SALE on Half-Off Depot for $145 – couple that with the sale Annual Dog Days of Summer Sale at Half-Off Depot and the total cost for the camp is $108 – that’s a savings of $182!

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Open Education = No More Textbooks?

Not quite. But I like the way it sounds so far. It’s free, global, and stockpiles vast amounts of educational resources for all levels. Although I’ve only heard about it being integrated on the university level so far, there are websites that store teaching content for kids in Kindergarten ( one listed below)! Check out one of the winners of the Why Open Education Matters video competition to get more of an idea of this concept: 

For more information, visit the links below:
What are Open Education Resources?
Why Open Education Matters Video Competition Winners Announced
Open Educational Resources Commons

Preschool Graduation = Financial Wakeup Call

Yes, that’s my snaggle-toothed preschooler…. oblivious to the whole ‘graduation’ thing (he only took the Imagepicture because I bribed him). And as proud as I was, part of me didn’t want to take that picture either. I only have a few of these graduations to go before he’ll be going off to college and I’M NOT READY!

It was my intention to start a college fund when I found out I was pregnant — then by his first birthday – then … I blinked once – maybe twice – and he graduated preschool on me with the honor (or dishonor) of his parents still not having started a college fund.

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Teaching Boys How to Stop Rape

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When I heard the recent statistic of 1 out of 5 women are raped – and by someone they know – I was thinking there should be programs in place to teach boys how to stop rape.  So, I was happy to read about the Men Can Stop Rape nonprofit organization that created an after-school program aimed at middle school boys and teaches them about violence against women. I, too, hope it expands from targeting inner-city, low-income kids.

Did you hear about the Univ. of Vermont fraternity that circulated a survey to see who they wanted to rape? Yeah – we need to pay more attention to educating all boys on this matter.

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Gaps in Educating and Learning for Adolescent Boys

Do you believe boys learn differently than girls? This recent article seems right on point with the problems boys are experiencing – but what about the suggested solutions?

In cutting to the chase, Lon Woodbury asked today’s guest on his Internet Talk Radio Show: “Parent Choices for Struggling Teens” on LATalkRadio, “What is the status of boys today?” In response, Kelley King, Associate Director of Gurian Institute, shared an amazing list of considerable gaps that today’s boys are facing in education and learning. These gaps include: significant reading gaps, higher discipline reports, substance abuse, more D’s and F’s for boy’s, more drop-outs and a significant drop in enrollment in college (with girls at 60% and boys at 40%).
via Educating the Adolescent Male Brain.

Mom Gives Clues on How/ Why Son Got into College at 15

I know all of us don’t homeschool – or maybe wouldn’t want their child to be in college so young – but this is a good (albeit brief) insight on how education starts at home and our role as parents in administering it.

I didn’t like that the reporter immediately (seemingly) focused on a possible negative for the child being in college so young. Do you know that 50 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for teenagers his age to start college (Martin Luther King, my dad…) What do you think?

Where is the North Pole?

This is courtesy of a good friend who has an almost five-year-old boy of her own and who is waay wittier than me…

son: Where does Santa live? 

mom: The North Pole.

son: Where is the North Pole?

mom: Next to heaven.

Have you had the Santa talk with your child?
Honestly, I’ve been avoiding it but I guess I need to come up with something since I’m sure my oldest is hearing something from his friends. I always said I wouldn’t tell my kids about Santa since I work too hard to get them toys (and everything else) anyway. Besides, there is also the ‘real reason for the season.’  But I don’t want to spoil the fun either.

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