The Blog

As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!

The Difference Between IQ and Intelligence

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

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Announcing the publication of my latest book

CASSANDRA’S CLASSROOM:  INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION REFORM Now available through the Publisher, AuthorHouse.com, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble. Available as an e-book or a paperback.

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The Dilemma of Grading on Report Cards

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

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Gifted and Talented, All Children Have the Potential

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

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Your Child is Amazing

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

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Thought To Share

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

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Does Your Child Really Have ADHD?

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

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Are You a Participant or an Observer?

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

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Bullying… What to Do

Bullying is widespread and happens in most schools.  As a parent, there are things you should and should not do if your child is experiencing bullying in school.  First, tell your child that it is not his or her fault.  … Continue reading

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Harmony in the Home

In my discussions with children they often mention that a major problem in their lives is getting along with brothers and sisters. Their parents also state that lack of family harmony is often a source of great conflict and unhappiness. … Continue reading

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