As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!
Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein, authors of “The Bell Curve”, claim that intelligence, as measured by IQ tests, varies by ethnic groups and since African-Americans score lower than whites on these tests, they must be genetically intellectually inferior. Parents need … Continue reading
Teachers face a dilemma when forced to give students letter grades: A,B,C,D,F. When an average student receives the average grade of C does this mean he mastered the content of the course in a satisfactory way given his potential? Or … Continue reading
Linus, the character in the “Peanuts” comic strip, announced after his first day at school that he had the worst thing a kid could have—potential. This scene may be playing out in many families when young children come home and … Continue reading
The teaching of reading and writing in kindergarten until recently was not permitted. Now we have tests to determine if children are ready for the kindergarten curriculum which includes reading and writing. Most school systems test children before they come … Continue reading
The present world-wide financial crisis could almost be counted as a blessing – that is if we understand and act appropriately to its message. We are all connected. We are all connected because we are all part of creation. The … Continue reading
I just returned from John’s graduation from high school. Not only did he graduate in 4 years, he received two blue ribbons for his sculptures, first honors as a senior and acceptance in to college to study graphic design. Pretty … Continue reading
The world seems to be made up of people who are either participants or observers. Which role we elect sometimes is a matter of choice and sometimes a matter of expediency. At some professional conferences, the role of the participant … Continue reading