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2014 - 2015:

The Holiday Season: Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle
By Kim John Payne, Huffington Post

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside
By Nate Hanson, Huffington Post, 11/12/2014

Under-fives need more time to play, say carers as they warn of 'schoolification' of children's early years
Emily Dugan, The Independent

Health benefits for those who stick to their knitting
BY SAMMY CAIOLA - SCAIOLA@SACBEE.COM
09/25/2014 12:00 AM 09/24/2014 6:34 PM


States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F

Parents, students and school officials have joined a national protest of the

consequences of Common Core testing.
By LIZETTE ALVAREZ, The New York Times, NOV. 9, 2014

The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K
For 4-year-olds in school for the first time, play is serious work.
BY SHAEL POLAKOW-SURANSKY AND NANCY NAGER,

Opinion Pages, The New York Times, October 21, 2014


Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals

University of Colorado, Boulder, June 19, 2014

The following two articles relate to the recent controversy in North Carolina around the play Almost Maine (performed by our high school seniors last spring). David Barham, who directed the play for our 2014 seniors, was interviewed on October 20, 2014 by the Bangor Daily News. Read what he had to say below:

Maine native’s play canceled in North Carolina for ‘racy’ content

Features quotes from David Barham.
By Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News, October 20, 2014

Note: If the link above has expired, you can read it by clicking here.

Maiden High School play canceled for "gay" scene?

The original artical from North Carolina
Richard Gould, Hickory Record, October 16, 2014

Parents saying no to too much homework
By Jay Mathews, The Washington Post, September 28, 2014

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?
By Douglas Quenqua, The New York Times, October 11, 2014

WANT YOUR KIDS TO GET INTO HARVARD? TELL ‘EM TO GO OUTSIDE!

By Richard Louv, The New Nature Movement, Sept 22, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static
By CORY TURNER, nprED, September 30, 2014 5:03 AM ET

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids
By ALISON BRUZEK, nprshots, September 29, 2014 2:12 PM ET

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, July 8, 2014

Limiting screen time critical for children's academic, emotional development
More than 45 minutes of screen time per day leads to academic and social consequences, study finds.
Heidi Stevens, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, September 9, 2014

The Screen Time Rules You Really Should Enforce This Year
While parents grapple with how much screen time is too much for children, new research now supports their suspicions: An excess amount of time in front of screens is bad for kids.
By Rebecca Adams The Huffington Post, 09/08/2014 

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress
At Least 30 Minutes of Uninterrupted Reading With a Book or E-Book Helps

By Jeanne Whalen, Health & Wellness, The Wall Street Journal, 09/16/14

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
By Nick Bilton, DISRUPTIONS, The New York Times, Sept 10, 2014

Technology executives limit their children’s screen time as Apple’s leader once did.

Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions
by Kim Allsup on July 15, 2014

Teaching Is Not a Business
David L. Kirp, Opinion, The New York Times, Aug 16, 2014
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Waldorf Kindergarten.
Victoria Fedden, Jun 14, 2014