New Blog on the Block! Educated vs. smart?

I found this great new blog that is definitely worth checking out.  On top of that, they are sponsoring a HUGE giveaway.  Click on the link under the picture to check it out:


http://thecollaborationconnection.blogspot.com/           



Here's something you wouldn't know about me:  I'm always a day late reading the newspaper; it's just a habit I developed when our former paper delivery person brought the Boston Globe after I had left for work so I had to read it a day late any way.  Now I could read it on time, but old habits die hard.

In Tuesday's (2/18/14)  Boston Globe, there's an article by Tom Keane titled - Is college worth it?  Here are some highlights that I think are worth directly quoting:

...College doesn't make you smart.  Rather, smart people go to college.  And it's an important distinction...being educated and smart is something that happens before college. Some of it is the luck of the genetic draw.  But much if not most is what happens from birth (or even before birth) through age 18.  Nutrition...culture you're raised in...Character, especially qualities such as grit and determination, matter.  The stuff that happens before kindergarten, when the brain is rapidly developing, matters...K-12 education matters.  Your peers and the adults around you matter...

I'm just quoting a very small part of this article which is totally worth reading in full because we - parents and teachers working together - are an important team in the education and success of each child.  

I reminded my 22 year old son, Derek, as he was leaving this morning for work, he owes his success to his mother - I got a small chuckle in response.  Any way, I watched my first "Kid President" video at:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5-EwrhsMzY.  In one of the videos, he mentioned that MOM spelled upside now is WOW.

Wow, enough said for today!



Ladybugs mean good luck.  Plus, they're the state insect of Massachusetts!

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