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Transparency from Schools

Don’t you want to see where your money is going?

by Trevor Waddington, DCschoolHUB Founder 

Six years ago, parents lined up outside of independent schools to be the first to greet the head of school or admissions director, hoping to make a good first impression on behalf of their young one. They would then sit waiting, hoping to be one of the lucky few to be accepted.

How do you get accepted? It used to be who you knew. Did you have a friend on the board? Maybe a neighbor who teaches there? When the letter came in early March, the next few seconds were filled with either excitement or disappointment. Knowing that the next three, nine, even 14, years would not be at the school you had envisioned your child attending can be a difficult pill to swallow.

In 2011, the shoe is on the other foot. Today, with a down economy in a county where the schools are known for their academic excellence, independent schools are working harder than ever to recruit and accept a well-balanced and diverse study body. Now is the time where the smart parents are expecting more transparency from the school to insure they are choosing the best place for their children.

You want to sit in on a class? No problem. You want to speak with current parents? We can arrange that. It’s kind of like buying a car. I, for one, would like to experience what I’m paying for (a test drive) and not just take the word of someone who works at the school or what the advertisement in the local paper describes. I want to experience the value through a “test drive” before I frantically send back the signed enrollment contract hoping my child is not put on the wait list.

unnamed (1)Child Discipline: Spanking & Brain Chemistry

by Dr. Samantha C. Sweeney, Ph.D., School Psychologist, fpsch.com

Child discipline is an important and, sometimes, controversial topic. Many people have very strong feelings about their family’s approach to developing and maintaining a child’s behavior. What I hope this post does is take some of the emotion out of the discussion and help us stick to research and science. The research increasingly shows that there are a lack of positive outcomes for children who are disciplined physically.

There appears to be evidence that spanking actually alters a child’s brain chemistry in negative ways. Spanking-especially when it is harsh, as well as other forms of corporal punishment-may effect a child’s prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain that contributes to planning, memory, organization, and motivational behaviors. As one might imagine, these skills are absolutely essential to success in school and life in general. Lower grey matter in this area may be linked to depression, executive functioning difficulties, and even IQ.  READ MORE

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