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Normal 0 0 1 721 4113 34 8 5051 11.1282 0 0 0 Dear Dr. Fournier: Our child has a summer birthday, and will be 5 in August. He just made the cutoff this year to get into kindergarten. If I do enroll him, I am worried that with such a late birthday he will struggle to compete with the older children in his class. I don't want to hurt my son's self-esteem, but I have looked at some numbers online, and it seems like more and more children are failing kindergarten. What should I do? Kelly S. Little Rock, AR Dear Kelly, Assessment “Let's get to children earlier” sounds great as society mandates ever-increasing curriculum demands, but getting there means nothing if we do not answer the “To do what?" question. Is it to give children a developmentally appropriate education? Or simply to teach them sooner what we learned in the first and second grade? As curriculum ... (more)

Parents Mean Well But Could Do More Harm

Dear Dr. Fournier: School has started and after only a couple of weeks, my son is having trouble with homework. I do not want my wife and I to get into last year’s shouting matches with him. It seems like every time I try and help him, he gets angry and defensive. What can we do to get our son to let us help him with his homework? James C. Austin, TX Dear James: Many parents have heard their children in frustration say this about homework, “I don’t know how to do it!” The natural inclination of parents is to respond this way: “Then let me help you do it.” Unfortunately, thi... (more)

Parent’s Role as Monitor Aids in Reintegrating Children into School

Normal 0 0 1 720 4108 34 8 5044 11.1282 0 0 0 Dear Dr. Fournier: My 4th grade son is enrolled in a school for students with learning disabilities.  This year he seems to be making marked improvement.  I see his written work improving and his reading is more fluent.  I'd like to transfer him to a traditional school this fall, but his teachers are telling me that he needs to stay in his current school.  I do trust their judgment, but isn’t there an argument for him being better served by getting into the mainstream as soon as possible? Becky P. Tuscaloosa, AL Dear Becky, AS... (more)

Teens Should Be Taught Pay Is Not For Pleasure

Dear Dr. Fournier: My teenage son has been employed all summer and has done an excellent job. He hasn't missed a day of work and I've been thrilled with his show of initiative. He will be a junior in high school when school resumes in a few weeks. He has enjoyed earning his own spending money and does not want this to end just because school is resuming. So, he has asked for permission to work during the school year for more spending money. When I hesitated, he offered to help pay for his car insurance. We're so proud of the responsibility he has shown, and paying part of his c... (more)

Transparency of Common-Standards Process at Issue

Some observers are arguing for more input, but the groups guiding the effort say there will be plenty of opportunities down the road. ... (more)