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The Homework Myth

By Jacqueline V. Scott One afternoon last July, a 7-year-old Catonsville girl stood in her living room crying so loudly that a neighbor across the street could hear her through the open windows. When asked by her mother why she was so tearful, the little girl, who was entering second …

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Is Your Child Ready?

By Elizabeth Heubeck Kindergarten programs throughout Maryland can vary greatly. If you are the parent of a child about to enter kindergarten, take time to evaluate whether the program you’re signing up for suits his or her level of school readiness. As a child, Baltimore City resident Ericka Howard loved …

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Big Change, Big Challenge

Big Change, Big Challenge Jillian Lewis-Darden, the primary inclusion teacher at Edmondson Heights Elementary School in Baltimore County, says, “Changing teachers from year to year is difficult for students, whether they’re disabled or not.” But the kindergarten-to-first-grade transition may be an especially difficult transition, with special challenges for students with …

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Give the Kids a Break!

Give the Kids a Break! A Reminder of the Importance of Recess By Mike Strzelecki A 1983 report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, offered a scathing review of our country’s underachieving education system. “The educational foundations of our …

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