Free Chapter from Bringing Up Geeks: Raise an Uncommon Kid

Published Wednesday, December 05, 2012

  One day when I picked Amy up from school, she climbed into the van, buckled her seatbelt and announced, "One of the girls said I'm cool." This was a highpoint of third grade.   I was more than a little surprised. "Wow. How does she know?" I asked.   "Mom, that should be obvious," Amy said, implying my ignorance. Probably, I had inadvertently armed Amy with something I didn’t even know was cool, like the time I bought her a pair of Phat Farm sneakers.   As we drove ou...Read more...

Free Chapter from Don't Let The Kids Drink The Kool-Aid: Readin, Writin, Revolution

Published Friday, September 07, 2012

Our kids are not as well educated as their peers around the world. In fact, they’re no better educated than American students of two generations ago— despite massive real-dollar increases in education spending. The reality is that American kids have fallen way behind the international competition. According to the 2010 assessment administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. ranked twenty-third or twenty-fourth out of sixty-five countries in most subjects ...Read more...

Marybeth Hicks
Marybeth Hicks is an author and speaker on politics, media, parenting, and the culture.

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