Weekend Reads: Columbus Day, Testing, Worry, etc

Well hello hello! Here in the USofA it’s Columbus Day weekend, so let’s start the reading list with the debate over whether or not this holiday should exist. More cities are deciding “no” this year than every before.


If you’re looking for….some testing help:

Since testing and standardized testing aren’t going away, here’s some tips on how to help kids test better.

If you’re looking for….some controversial technology:

This new app gives parents a lot of control over their kids phones. Seems a little invasive to me, but stuff like this isn’t going away.

If you’re looking for….a little forensics:

Some forensics projects for kids. Looks like fun.

If you’re looking for….some shame:

Or at least some explanations as to why parents shame each other, try this article.

If you’re looking for….some relief:

Five things parents can stop worrying about.

If you’re looking for….some more information on screen time:

The AAP recently revised their stance on screen time. Read the breakdown here. (from Lou)


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Bethany is a perpetual student who just won't stop taking classes. She's gone from engineering to psych and family systems to applied statistics, and is really fascinated by how people feel about numbers. She blogs about this over at Graph Paper Diaries, and experimenting with contingency tables at Two Ways to Be Wrong.

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  1. I’m so glad the AAP is becoming more reasonable about screen time.

    About the testing, I had a teacher once who said that she read a study that teenagers who were munching on candy did better on tests. So she would always pass out some before an exam, and that was nice. I had another teacher who would play a “Best of the Four Seasons” CD during tests, which was also very nice.

    I really understand that article about parental shaming too. In my experience, people who are insecure about themselves will go out of their way to criticize others. And parenting is so stressful, and so much is emphasized on “do this or else your kid will suffer!” that it just breeds insecurity.

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