Between the social-media-fueled pressure, college admissions madness and bullying culture, schools today can be a minefield. We collected some education-themed Op-Eds to help guide families as they settle into the new year.
Op-Ed Contributor By DEBORAH TANNEN September 19, 2017 I was looking forward to having my friend Tamara over for dinner last year, since she had hosted me and my husband many times. But it didn’t turn out as I’d expected. Tamara kept trying to help in various ways, like retrieving items from the kitchen or clearing items from the table. Each time, I told her to please…
Op-Ed Columnist September 19, 2017 David Brooks I’d like to offer you two models of human development. The first is what you might call The Four Kinds of Happiness. The lowest kind of happiness is material pleasure, having nice food and clothing and a nice house. Then there is achievement, the pleasure we get from earned and recognized success. Third, there is generativity, the pleasure…
September 18, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. When I was reviewing for my recertification exam recently, I gave the wrong answer to a question about an infected ear. Not a standard inner ear infection; this was a painful red swollen outer ear, in an 18-year-old. I thought she had a skin abscess, and said to put her on antibiotics for standard skin organisms….
September 15, 2017 By KIA ABDULLAH London — I sit on the bottom stair of my mother’s house, my plate of rice balanced gently on one knee, as chaos unfolds around me. Madiha is crying after a thwarted nap, Arif is whizzing up the stairs with Zayn not far behind, Mizan is whimpering for the iPad, and Sara needs a nappy change. People are everywhere:…
By ADAM BAIDAWI September 13, 2017 MELBOURNE, Australia — It was a scene that plays out nearly every day in schoolyards across Australia: A couple, standing among a dozen other parents, waited for the final school bell to ring. On cue, Reid Duggan-Tierney, 7, came bounding out of school last Friday and ran toward Michael and Jarrad Duggan-Tierney — his fathers. The Duggan-Tierneys are one of around…
By ELENI N. GAGE September 7, 2017 When I was 24, I moved into a 645-square-foot apartment on New York’s unfashionable Upper East Side, which I shared with a roommate. The nicest thing about the place was the view from the kitchen window. It looked out over the white steeple of a Unitarian church with a sign out front that read: “We’re in the business of serving —…
By HAYLEY KRISCHER September 6, 2017 Alexander Graham Bell didn’t expect his telephone to be widely used for prank calls. And Steve Jobs was chary of children using his iThings. But social media apps are appendages for tweens and teens. It’s one way they earn social currency. Below, a guide to what parents will (or should) be anxiously monitoring during this busy back-to-school season. Video-Messaging Apps Video…
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