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Empson, G. Raymond – Our Children, 2003
Suggests how parents can help their children learn to be good and productive citizens, explaining why it is important and offering six ways to get started: listen to one's children and explore their interests, learn more about the cause one's children care about, participate, partner, be a leader, celebrate the good results of family stewardship…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education
Cohen, Amy – Our Children, 2003
Service learning can improve communities while preparing students for a lifetime of responsible citizenship. It helps students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized services that occur in and meet the needs of communities. Volunteering at a young age can lay the foundation for a lifelong commitment to community…
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Service Learning, Student Participation
Hodge, Linda; Lin, Herbert – Our Children, 2003
The Internet is a valuable educational tool, but it can expose children to danger through discovery of inappropriate materials and experiences. Protection rests on social and educational strategies to teach responsible and safe use coupled with technology, public policy, and law enforcement to shape the environment in which choice is exercised.…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Legal Responsibility
McFerran, Virginia – Our Children, 2003
Suggests that theater has the power to teach and transform students, noting that traditional theatrical models often do not reflect student diversity. Research shows that students who have more exposure to theater show a higher degree of empathy and tolerance. The paper explains that theater's collaborative nature fosters understanding, and it…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Parents as Teachers
Levine, Mel – Our Children, 2003
Notes that the kind of education and brain building that students undergo at home is as vital as school-based education, explaining what parents can do to establish a home environment that helps children develop their minds (e.g., monitor their children's development to know their strengths and shortcomings, instill intellectual content into home…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Family Influence, Parent Responsibility
Sagarese, Margaret; Giannetti, Charlene – Our Children, 2003
Polled adolescents, parents, and teachers to determine where the child's right to privacy ends and the parent's responsibility to protect begins. Results indicate that the worst offenders tend to be siblings. The paper presents a three-pronged strategy to help parents deal with battling children: recognize the breaches, negotiate the truce…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Personal Space
Breitborde, Mary-Lou – Our Children, 2003
Presents four tasks that parents and teachers should commit to before they take on the responsibility of introducing children to world issues: adults should study the issues themselves; adults should provide children with balanced explanations and multiple perspectives; adults should understand that child age and development dictates different…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Education, Parent Responsibility
Wise, Arthur E. – Our Children, 2003
Research indicates that teachers are the main influence on student achievement. However, standards and accountability related to teacher preparation, certification, and competencies are inconsistent. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has developed a more rigorous system of standards and procedures for teacher preparation.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
Molnar, Alex – Our Children, 2003
Explains that financially strapped and resource-poor schools often accept corporate-sponsored educational materials and ads, especially when they come with free computers or other resources, discussing how corporations use schools to boost brand loyalty; how commercialism undermines the health of students (e.g., soda machines in schools, which…
Descriptors: Corporations, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Responsibility, School Business Relationship
Bennett, Mark – Our Children, 2003
Presents information to help parents understand the club drug ecstacy, a synthetic drug which produces both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. Ecstacy interferes with the brain's essential chemical functions and can have very dangerous side effects. Ecstacy users have shown long-term after effects. Many ecstacy users mix it with other drugs,…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Drug Abuse, Secondary Education
Villaire, Ted – Our Children, 2003
Discusses why families are so overscheduled, explaining that when children spend time by themselves doing nothing in particular, they are relaxing and learning how to be alone and enjoy their own company. When children do not have time to relax, there can be damaging stress-related consequences. Suggestions to help families spend more time…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Family Life, Leisure Time, Life Style
Lane, Jordan – Our Children, 2003
Presents suggestions to help parents feel at ease when they leave their children with a babysitter, offering tips on: how to find a sitter, scheduling the sitter, paying fairly, laying down the rules, ensuring safety, preparing a list, and providing food. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Safety, Child Welfare, Parent Responsibility
Monk, James – Our Children, 2002
Presents a brief quiz for parents to see if their child's school building is taking basic steps to ensure a safe learning environment (e.g., Is the building locked? Are strict guidelines in place when students participate in field trips? Is adult supervision always maintained on playgrounds?). Suggested action plans are included. A sidebar offers…
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Bullying, Child Safety, Elementary Secondary Education
Cope, Sarah – Our Children, 2002
Children who are successful readers tend to come from homes with specific factors present, including reading and writing materials, adults who read regularly with children, discussion during book reading, children who see their parents reading and writing daily, and parents actively involving their children in common literacy tasks. Tips for…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Parent Role
Villaire, Ted – Our Children, 2002
Discusses how parents can get their children to volunteer for community services, examining how volunteerism benefits children, how to choose a volunteer activity, and how to get children involved (e.g., having the parents serve as role models). Two sidebars focus on whether fund-raising teaches children about giving and how service-learning…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Fund Raising, Service Learning, Student Motivation
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