Tag Archives: school

Happiness Is a Warm School


Happiness is when you feel really good about somebody. —Al Green, Love and Happiness Ah, happiness—that slippery but sublime thing that we all seem to be chasing throughout our lives! Where do we find it? How do we hang on to it, and what can we learn from those who seem to have never lost it? I’m talking about those ... Read More »

We Don’t Need No Thought Control

drawing of a robot

As a child, by the end of a typical school day my mind was numb and exhausted from endless busy work. When my parents asked excitedly, “How was your day?” and “What did you learn?” my answers were, “fine” and “stuff.” And I wasn’t the only kid who was bored by the standardized, factory-like education in which we played the ... Read More »

Not a pretty picture: high-stakes testing and school discipline in China

chinese education system

There’s a revolution happening in China. It’s a quiet one, but full of the intensity of parents who are upset with their schools, teachers longing to teach what students need, and children rebelling at the lockstep march towards high scores on the gaokao exam, a two- day government-administered standardized test that has been called “an SAT on steroids.” On a trip to Shanghai last fall, I spoke with all ... Read More »

MARCY AXNESS: Is Your Child Ready to Read? A Checklist

We live in a culture deeply devoted to getting its citizens to read at the earliest possible ages. Whether it’s flashcards, alphabet-focused toys, or “teachable moments about letters” sprinkled throughout daily life with toddlers and preschoolers, we seem hellbent on early reading. And parents feel little choice in the matter: sadly, a 5- or 6-year-old kindergarden student in public or ... Read More »