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Why School Choice Matters But Not to Teachers’ Unions

Why School Choice Matters But Not to Teachers’ Unions By James L. Casale Five catholic schools are closing their doors in New York City.The parents are sad; the students are sadder. These parents don’t trust public schools to protect their children. Parent José Marin said, “Public school is very dangerous. Here (St. Rose of Lima…

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Is Your Child Safe at School: What Did Parents Learn from the Parkland Massacre?

Is Your Child Safe at School: What Did Parents Learn from the Parkland Massacre? Is Your Child Safe at School: What Did Parents Learn from the Parkland Massacre?  By James L. Casale The recent interview in the Wall Street Journal with Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, who was murdered by a psychopath at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day in…

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Are Parents Too Soft on Their Kids?

Are Parents Too Soft on their Kids? By James L Casale, Ph.D.   Part 1-Three True Stories Part 2-What to Do? What to Do? (coming soon)   Part 1- Three True Stories   Story # 1 While dining in one of our favorite restaurants in Juno Beach, Florida, my wife and I observed the following…

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Profiles in Attitude: Effective Parenting Begins Here

Profiles in Attitude: Effective Parenting Begins Here By James L. Casale   If you think parenting is a struggle, and mostly an uphill one, you are correct. However, you may need an attitude adjustment. There’s a reason that Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking sold five million copies. He was onto something so…

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Was It the Gorilla’s Fault the Kid Fell into the Zoo Enclosure?

  Commentary:  (May 2016) A three-year-old at the Cincinnati Zoo fell into a gorilla’s zoo enclosure. This incident or lack of judgment made national headlines. The police were considering charging the parents with negligence. They didn’t. The boy was unharmed but the rare gorilla was executed. An article in the Palm Beach Post by a…

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Three Bozos in China

  Three Bozos in China: Where’s the Parenting? By James L. Casale, Ph.D. Actually, I would be insulting Bozo the clown by calling the three shoplifting UCLA basketball players, Bozos. Clowns are always trying to act funny or foolish as a means of entertainment. They aren’t criminals. There is nothing entertaining about the actions of…

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Red-Shirting Kindergarteners

  Red- Shirting Kindergarteners By James L. Casale, Ph.D. If you are a sports fan, you may be familiar with the term, “redshirting”. In college football, it represents the practice of keeping an athlete out of the competition for a year in order to further develop the athlete’s skills and extend his eligibility period. When…

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Dumb Nick (1920-2017)

  Dumb Nick (1920-2017) By James L. Casale As a child, he was initially considered a slow learner. Relatives dubbed him “dumb Nick.”  The nickname was retired when, at age four, he defeated his uncle at a game of checkers. Who reads obituaries? I do. I especially like to read about successful and accomplished people…

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