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I Challenged My Daughter’s Nursery On How It’s Tackling Racism

I Challenged My Daughter’s Nursery On How It’s Tackling Racism

This story is part of Black Ballad’s takeover of HuffPost UK, a week-long series by Black women on parenting, family, and our post-Covid future. In May 2020, when George Floyd’s murder sparked a wave of anti-racism protests around the world, it felt as if I had been forcibly shaken from a dream. I had been living my life in denial; denial that racism in the UK was bad, denial about the racist events that had happened to myself and my loved ones, denial about my children growing up in a world where people didn’t see them as human. This caused...

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Parents, Teachers Starting ‘Learning Pods’ Are Done Waiting for Permission

Parents, Teachers Starting ‘Learning Pods’ Are Done Waiting for Permission

The widespread “pandemic pods” that are emerging as back-to-school alternatives this fall are models of parental ingenuity, educator adaptability, and entrepreneurial agility. These learning pods, or in-home microschools, involve small groups of families coming together to take turns facilitating a curriculum for their children in their homes, or pooling resources to hire a teacher or college student to lead instruction. They are a creative, spontaneous response to uncertain or undesirable school reopening plans that make at-home learning easier, more practical, and more enjoyable for more families. These pods are also a prime example of what Adam Thierer calls “permissionless innovation,”...

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Teacher Tom: No One Knows How to Do this Better than You: A Short List of Things to Think About

Teacher Tom: No One Knows How to Do this Better than You: A Short List of Things to Think About

Teacher Tom: No One Knows How to Do this Better than You: A Short List of Things to Think AboutNo One Knows How to Do this Better than You: A Short List of Things to Think About A recent national survey found that over 70 percent of American families will be engaged in some form of homeschooling this fall. I don't know what the number is for families of preschool aged children, but I'm assuming it's similar.Most schools are going to be relying on some version of online instruction, which from where I sit, and from where the school-agers in my...

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STEM Tuesday — STEM Activity Books– In the Classroom

STEM Tuesday — STEM Activity Books– In the Classroom

It’s August and the countdown to school has started. For many students and teachers, going to school may look a little different this year. Some students may be learning in the classroom, while others learn at home. And some students may be doing a little bit of both. No matter where you’re learning, you can use these great books to spark a lasting interest in science and STEM. The books we’re highlighting this month are all STEM activity books. They are a great starting point for different science activities and discussions in the classroom and at home. Calling All Inventors!...

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Homeschooling My Child Taught Me What I Already Knew. We Need Change

Homeschooling My Child Taught Me What I Already Knew. We Need Change

This story is part of Black Ballad’s takeover of HuffPost UK, a week-long series by Black women on parenting, family, and our post-Covid future.  “Mama, I don’t want to do that, it’s boring!”   “But babe, it’s writing a story, it’s fun! You love writing stories!” “Yes, but not about that!” This conversation at our kitchen table about school work set during lockdown stuck in my mind. Our six-year old can often be found creating booklets about whatever she’s interested in at the time. Over lockdown she wrote about the complicated love lives of Greek gods, a series about a little...

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