What can only be described as “a million fathers” are joining this year’s Million Father March for the first day of school.
Organized by The Black Star Project, the Million Father March aims to have all men (not just fathers) get involved in their family’s schooling. Male caretakers of all ages walked their kids to school, sat with them in class, and participated in other activities. The activities continue as more of the country’s kids are going back to school.
When my wife and I first found out that we were going to have a kid, we instantly became aware of the “parenting class” industry that had existed in our community for years without ever attracting our attention. Suddenly, there were all of these flyers, newspapers ads, and emails, offering us practical parenting instruction in friendly classroom settings.
And, as new parents-to-be, we were game for them. Almost immediately, we signed up for the childbirth class, the baby care and CPR class, the “how to install a car seat” class, the breastfeeding class, you name it.
(The only classes I remember us opting out of were the “baby massage” class and the “parenting for dads” class, which I found more than a little insulting.)
A study by the National Literacy Trust found that one third of UK dads aren’t encouraging their children to read. This figure is up 30% from 2009, the last year that data was available on the topic.
The study also found that the number of mothers who are never seen reading has been relatively steady at one-in-six.
Remember the bizarro world of Footloose (this one, not that one) where dancing and rock music was banned in some small town because kids died in a rock-music-fueled car accident? Admittedly, today’s news out of New York City is a cat of a different color: New York City has established a list of words that are now banned from school standardized tests. And when you read this list, even if you’re the type of dude that often sides with The Man, you may just start packing your bags for Newt’s moon base.
Singapore Education Minister Heng Swee Keat paid a visit to the Chongzheng Primary on the first day of school in 2012 to applaud involved fathers for their …
As every parent knows, kids love to help cook things, and while they view this process mostly as a chance to play mad scientist with the flour and butter and vanilla, there’s are some great opportunities to introduce useful math concepts whenever you cook together.
For younger kids (2-5), it’ll be more about very simple concepts (counting eggs, identifying shapes of sticks of butter, pepperoni slices, etc.).
But for those 6 and up you can start introducing them to real world fractions, estimating, measuring, and distribution principles.
Before last week, the U.S. House of Representatives was committed to making sure that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) would lose its entire $451 million budget when they passed a continuing resolution (H.R.1) de-funding the CPB in the 2011 federal budget. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Republican Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK).
Funding for the CPB, which doles out money to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), was a major debate topic in the showdown last Friday over the 2011 budget. Some members of Congress thought it was so important to de-fund public broadcasting, that they were willing to shut down the government over it. In the end, the threat to public broadcasting was eliminated when President Barack Obama negotiated CPB funding out of the “cuts” column.
So while this is mostly a moot issue for the immediate future, it is inevitable that CPB funding will come up again in the 2012 federal budget talks. and that means we need to talk about it, because CPB funds one of the best media organizations for parents and children currently available on the air: PBS. Let me tell you why you should give a crap that some members of Congress (probably even yours) want to kill PBS. Let me tell you what PBS has done for you lately…