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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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Book Review: “Family Pledge”

I noticed an uptick in sales when I contracted with the Redheaded Book Lover to review my book. If you love books as I do, you may be interested in viewing redheadedbooklover.com. The review follows:   PARENTS: In Dr. Casale’s second book of a planned trilogy on parenting strategies, he continues to inspire, encourage, and inform,…

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Why Are Asian and Indian Students So Smart?

    Why Are Asian and Indian Students So Smart? by James L. Casale, Ph.D. Are Indian and Asian students smarter than their American counterparts? Why do they seem to always excel in school? This year’s Scripps’s National Spelling Bee seemed to be dominated by students from the India region. I had a chance encounter…

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Are Gift-Giving Parents Out of Control?

  Are Gift-Giving Parents Out of Control? Or All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth and a Ferrari By James L. Casale, Ph.D. If giving is better than receiving when is giving inappropriate? This is the giving season. Shall we rain all manner of gifts upon our children, or is this time…

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Tough Love Revisited

Tough Love Revisited by James L. Casale, Ph.D. I’m a big fan of Peggy Noonan. She is a syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I don’t always agree with her, but I respect her opinions, and I pay attention to her views. She is a lifelong learner as this essay will prove. The mention…

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Homeschoolers: Chief Cooks and Bottle Washers

  Homeschoolers: “Chief Cooks and Bottle Washers” By James L. Casale, Ph.D. Over the past several weeks, on separate occasions, I have had the pleasurable experience of interviewing two moms on my radio show, Common Sense Parenting on w4wn.com. One mom lives in Florida; the other in Colorado. As a former classroom teacher and school…

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Was the Parkland Massacre Preventable?

In recent weeks, I visited two Palm Beach County high schools to drop off scholarship applications courtesy of the Sons of Italy Lodge in Tequesta, FL. At one campus, I was able to walk directly into the front office to state my business. At the other campus, I was met by a huge chain link…

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Tragic Fire in NYC Kills Thirteen: Was it Negligence?

  Tragic Fire in NYC Kills Thirteen. Was it Negligence? by James L. Casale Ignorance is not bliss; it’s dangerous. Remember the four-year-old boy who fell into the zoo enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016? He was unharmed, but the gorilla was executed. The police considered charging the parents with negligence. They didn’t. They…

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