What We're Reading: Teacher Bias, Helicopter Parents, and More

posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:38 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston
Here are the latest articles being shared around the office by PPS-SF staff. 

From CNN
First came the summer camp promotion from the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, crashing like a brick into my inbox June 17.
"Six more weeks of summer," the subject line taunted. "Make 'em fun!" Didn't the fine people at the YMCA know that the summer solstice had not yet arrived? And still, here they were, telling me and my 4-year-old that we had only six more weeks of summer?! read more

From The Washington Post
If you’re a parent racing to deliver your son’s forgotten algebra assignment to Catholic High School for Boys in Arkansas, Principal Steve Straessle has a little advice: stop and turn around. The all-boys private school in Little Rock has long had a rule barring parents from coming to the school to drop things off — such as forgotten lunches, assignments and sports equipment — for their children, but parents occasionally forgot about it and had to be turned away at the front door. read more

From The Atlantic
In the now-famous “marshmallow” experiments, researchers at Stanford tested preschoolers’ self-control and ability to delay gratification by sitting them in a room alone with a tempting treat and measuring how long they were able to wait. Years later, those kids who resisted temptation the longest also tended to have the highest academic achievement. read more

From NPR
As Ayana Coles gazes at the 20 teachers gathered in her classroom, she knows the conversation could get uncomfortable. And she's prepared. "We are going to experience discomfort — well, we may or may not experience it — but if we have it that's OK," says Coles, a third-grade teacher at Eagle Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis. read more