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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NFL Players Comment on Children Playing Football

The hubster and I are still deciding if our 5y.o. should play football. (He really wants to!)

First, I posted reasons why your son should/should not play football. Then I attended the NFL Health and Safety Event and learned of Heads Up Football which is teaching new techniques designed to decrease concussions and make the game safer. Then, the President announced that if he had a son – he’d be leary about him playing football (he probably didn’t know about Heads Up Football). And now, NFL players are giving their two cents – on both sides of the fence.  See what they have to say ….

  • “Football’s a great game.  It’s such a great game because it teachesBaltimore Ravens center Matt Birk tosses a foo... you about life and lessons and there’s so much to be gained by participating in football. .. just to continue to have this conversation and continue to talk about it and just do whatever we can to make it safer  whether it be through rule change or research.”-MATT BIRK, Baltimore Ravens center Continue reading

7 Reasons Your Son Should(not) Play Football

As a result of this post, I will be attending an NFL Health and Safety Event next week. If you have certain concerns, questions you’d like answered, please comment! I can’t wait to share what I learn!

I am so torn on whether or not my son should play football! (Believe it or not, his dad is too!)  Here are some reasons why he should(not) play …

  1.  NFL coaches wouldn’t even let their sons play. “I was able to ask two NFL head coaches if they would let their sons play football. Both said no. They cited the speed of the game and the elevation of serious injuries…”  via Should My Kid Play Football? A Sports Reporter and Mom Weighs In
  2. But it’s a ‘passage to manhood’ thing. “There are .. players who are trying to prove something to themselves. They are trying to prove they are not afraid… ” via Why You Should Let Your Son Play Football
  3. It’s too dangerous, barbaric, and the head traumas are harmful.    Is Football Too Dangerous
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Too Many Killings, Too Many Children, Too Many Times

I’m a parent. I’m feeling the pain and confusion of today’s school shootings in Connecticut.  I completely agree with these sentiments. Let’s do something!

“As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago – these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful ACTION to prevent more tragedies like this, REGARDLESS of the politics.”

President Obama

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Angry Black Mom: Is It Just Me?

I love my blogosphere of moms – we are of all opinions, nationalities and backgrounds! We connect, relate, and uplift each other on our journeys and experiences through motherhood. It’s my online utopia.

But in reality right now, I’m hurt and I’m angry.

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

For the second time this year, two white men deemed it their liberty to shoot and kill young black boys in “self- defense” in the same state I take my two Black boys to visit their grandparents. Two young boys who were unarmed and almost half the age of their killers somehow instilled fear in these armed White men and were thus gunned down.

I’m sure you remember Trayvon Martin, who was armed with only a bag of Skittles and a tea and yet was gunned down by George Zimmerman. And then, a couple of weeks ago, it was Jordan Davis playing his music too loud in a convenience store parking lot that attracted Michael Dunn who shot his hand-gun 8-9 times into Jordan’s SUV. 

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Mom Gets $2,500 Ticket for 3-Year-Old Peeing In Yard

I am in awe over this (especially since my family just had such an emergency this evening). And I’m mystified that the ticket was so high… I love the last line of this interview – the grandmother’s take on this whole thing. Why didn’t the officer issue a warning first?
What do you think?

 

Popular Children’s Lunch Contains Hidden Danger

via Center for Science in the Public Interest

Report Presents Findings on Mercury in Tuna Sold to Schools

Some children may be at greater risk from mercury in tuna than previously thought, finds a new study by the Mercury Policy Project (MPP). Tuna Surprise contains the first-ever test results of canned tuna sold to schools, and assesses children’s mercury exposure from canned tuna. Independent studies, not available when government advisories were issued eight years ago, indicate that adverse effects to methylmercury occur at much lower levels of exposure than previously thought. The report, co-released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Safe Minds, and several other public health, consumer and environmental groups, advises schools and parents not to serve any albacore tuna to kids and to limit consumption of light tuna to twice a month for most kids and only once a month for smaller children (under 55 pounds).

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9 Year-Old Boy Beats Daycare Infants

There are so many things wrong with this video. I struggle with whether or not to post it, which sensationalizes it even more. However,  the Colorado shooter is a young man who’s deranged behavior went unchecked until it was too late. Maybe we should continue to shed light on these incidents until there is higher accountability.
Should the parents be held accountable? To what extent? The other children didn’t even cry or ‘tell’ (and kids love to tell) – why was that? Had he already threatened them? The parent’s mindset expressed in the interview hurt me just as much to see the physical abuse.  Where did it all go wrong? I’m convinced that while the abuser is being demonized – he is also a victim and he needs help!

Put Down the Video Games, Pick Up Presto Dots!

I like the sound of this game!
1) It’s cost-effective.
2) It promotes working with your hands and being creative.
3) It’s not messy or cumbersome and doesn’t require batteries!! (yay!)
4) It looks like FUN!!

I haven’t tried it with my boys since they are probably too young (the age limit is 6 and above) but check out this video as a doubtful 6y.o. demos the toy for the first time.

http://www.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1315757690001

(I was not paid for this post.)

Homeless children at record high in US. Can the trend be reversed?

60 Minutes did a story a couple weeks ago (click here) about the homeless shelters in FL being full and children living in cars with their families. It really touched me. Now, this article is reiterating the homeless problem with children in our country. Awareness is the first step… 

One out of every 45 children – some 1.6 million – in the United States is homeless, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center on Family Homelessness. The majority of the children are under age 7.

The number of homeless children in 2010 exceeded even the total in 2006, when thousands of families displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita produced a historic spike in homelessness. Last year, at least 60,000 more children were homeless.

Homeless children at record high in US. Can the trend be reversed?.

 

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?