Navigating the System: Oakland

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Looking for a school in Oakland? Let us help by giving you the inside scoop.

By Hank Pellissier

Gertrude Stein’s statement “there’s no there there” describes Oakland’s sprawling, decentralized, and paradoxical environment — there are many lakes, hills, flatlands, ethnicities, languages, and cultures, with contrasting areas of luxurious wealth and… Continue Reading

The Finnish Miracle

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No shoes but plenty of service: The surprising features of the world’s top-performing schools.

By Hank Pellissier

Can you name a famous person in Finland? Historical episode? Imposing landmark? Foodstuff? It’s not that Finland doesn’t have its share of Olympic athletes, brilliant architects, and technology moguls, but “Nokia” is all… Continue Reading

Stress and Your Child’s Brain

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By Hank Pellissier

New research suggests that children are affected by stress in surprising ways.

Stress! Bad for the body! Bad for the brain! We’ve seen the articles, watched the 11 o’clock news reports on the “silent killer,” and complained to friends and family about how… Continue Reading

Meditation offers 20 Amazing Benefits - from Neurogenesis to Weight Loss

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by David Kekich

Meditation doesn’t just have to be for eastern mystics. Millions of Americans practice it, because its health benefits have been proven in many different studies. It’s not an escape, as some think. Meditation is a proactive practice that can enhance your life. It’s the equivalent of giving… Continue Reading

Should South Korean schools point the way to American reforms?

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013 | By:


High Test Scores, Higher Expectations, and Presidential Hype

By Hank Pellissier

Last year President Barack Obama touted hardworking South Korean schools as a role model for our education system. “Our children spend over a month less in school than children in South Korea,” he told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of… Continue Reading

Navigating the System: Detroit

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013 | By:


Live in Detroit? We did the homework to help parents make informed choices about the city’s schools.

By Hank Pellissier

How far must parents go to get their children a decent education? In some cities, it can require navigating a bureaucratic obstacle course or calculating daunting admissions odds. In Motor… Continue Reading

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