Conversations in Education

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty and administrators think a lot about how we support students. Each month in 2017-18, we are featuring a piece by a Prep faculty member or administrator that gives a slice of life at Prep. If you would like to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty read and talk a lot about education. Each month we highlight a few memorable pieces or videos. Our goal is to make the process of parenting, learning and living a little saner, to put things a little more in perspective. These articles will be chosen by Prep teachers and administrators.  If you want to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.

 

January Newsletter: New Year’s Reflections: Helping Our Teenagers Be Healthy

This time of midterms and semester break gives us a chance to reassess family routines and reflect on how to support our children in their busy daily lives.

“Protect Your Child’s ‘PDF’: Playtime, Downtime and Family Time” by KJ Dell’Antonia, New York Times

Even as we return to school for second semester, we can remember the lessons of a winter break spent with few commitments and fewer “shoulds.”

“Two weeks (slightly less for my high school son) of nearly completely unscheduled time was not enough for any of them, or for my husband or me. We could have puttered more, played more and yes, squabbled more. We did so much.”

“As Teens Push Away, What Can Parents Do to Support Them?” by Deborah Farmer Kris, Mind/Shift 

This bread-and-butter article reminds us of basic things parents can do to support their teens: scaffolding independence, providing structure at home, finding meaning in academics and demonstrating warmth.

“One of my colleagues said parenting teens is like hugging a cactus.”

“Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?” by Vicki Abeles, New York Times

In a piece from a recent Sunday New York Times opinion section, the producer of the documentaries The Race to Nowhere (2010) and Beyond Measure (2015) argues that school stress can result in unhealthy kids.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a vast majority of American teenagers get at least two hours less sleep each night than recommended—and research shows the more homework they do, the fewer hours they sleep.”

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