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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

January 7, 2016
Locals do schooling better!

Perspectives on Education

A Science Topic for Dinner with the Children
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  Locals do schooling better!

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Working with our hands is calming, satisfying and creative.  It's good for all of us.  In homes and schools that implement this, as well as plenty of free play recesses, solid teaching of core subjects plus the arts, there is quality learning.  It's that simple. 

We bring you three articles on education: one on an innovative, new college, another on the status of California schools and an interview with Julie Lythcott Haims. The main theme: Locals do schooling (and parenting) better!

It's school visiting time for the next few months. Check out options at the PreK through high school open houses. You may be looking for the right school for your child. And schools are looking for the child who can benefit from their particular program.  Click for our school listings.

Only 350 tickets are available for An evening with author Julie Lythcott Haims on "How to Raise an Adult." Aptos High, Gateway School and Pacific Collegiate School are partnering to bring former Stanford University Dean and renowned author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, to Santa Cruz County to speak about her new book at Aptos High School theater.  Tickets are available for $10/each at SeatYourself.

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always many fun events!

Parmalee

 

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  Perspectives on Education

The College of Lost Arts

by Amy Crawford

(A Jan_16) CollegeBuildingTrades.jpgA small college in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks to revive the centuries-old fine building trades.

When Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989, its Category 4 winds carried off nearly every roof in town, leaving homes and businesses to be flooded by torrential rain. Not since the earthquake of 1886 had the city seen such devastation, and as residents set about rebuilding, they soon realized they had another problem on their hands: a shortage of artisans trained in skills like masonry, ironwork, and plastering, necessary to repair the city's famous historic buildings.

These trades had traditionally been passed down by skilled craftsmen to their sons or apprentices, but that old system had long since been fading away. "It was a recognition that a generation of teachers had diminished," says Mayor Joe Riley, who has been in office since 1975.

Read this entire upbeat story>>>>

 

California school scores tied to attendance, not proficiency

By Sharon Noguchi

"For more than a decade, the release of federal scores indicating California public school students' progress - or lack of it - has incited alarm, anxiety and anguish among educators.

But when those marks were ever so quietly posted this month, barely anyone noticed. And it seemed few cared. For the first time in years, California schools met federal standards - but only because the yardstick had been replaced with an easier-to-meet measurement." 

The paragraph that aroused my interest quoted a local educator: "The new federal education bill that Congress passed earlier this month largely cedes power back to states, including the authority to judge failure and success. And California, as it decides how to comply, is likely to leave accountability to school districts.  "We do welcome the change," said Sunnyvale Superintendent Ben Picard. "We really like the local control."  Continue>>>

 

Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children

By Emma Brown

Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper. But with each year, more of them seemed incapable of taking care of themselves.

At the same time, parents were becoming more and more involved in their children's lives. They talked to their children multiple times a day and swooped in to personally intervene whenever something difficult happened.  Read the rest, and be sure to read reader comments>>>>

 

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  A Science Topic for Dinner with the Children

(A Jan_16) Bee_Native.jpgNative Bees Are In Trouble

There have been many stories of honey bees disappearing from hives. This has been labeled "Colony Collapse Disorder." Researchers immediately got to work to look at the possibility of using native bees to do the same fertilization for farmers.

A new study from University of Vermont has mapped native bees in the US and it seems to indicate that they are also declining.

Native bees are those bees native to an area that aren't introduced bees - like honey bees in the US. Native bees are extremely efficient at fertilizing certain crops - mostly native species. Examples in the US are cherries, blueberries and cranberries. There are 20,000 species of native bees all over the world and only 7 species of honey bees. Many native bees are solitary and most don't sting. Learn more>>>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who makes science easier to understand for all of us!  For more science, visit her here.

 

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Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in Pre & K 1/7  & Campus Tour 1/13

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School PreK - 8, A Walk  Through the Grades 1/13

 

Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/21 & Open House 1/23

 

Kirby School 5-12, Open House 1/30

 

All School Events

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Ongoing Library Events for All Ages

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Highlights from the NUMU Permanent History Collection.
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  Highlights from the NUMU Permanent History Collection.
New Museum
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 7-Jan 29)
Details: In the spirit of celebrating our local history and its connection
City: Los Gatos view all details >>
     
Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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  Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
State Park Ano Nuevo
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking)
Details: 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31
City: Pescadero Phone: 800.444.4445 view all details >>
     
Fungus Fair 2018
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  Fungus Fair 2018
Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Jan 14) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.684.2275 view all details >>
     
Hidden Gems Film Club
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  Hidden Gems Film Club
Library Aptos
Date: 01/24/2017 at 6:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up
Details: A novel written by a woman - Edith Wharton - about a world of politesse, ritual and hushed tones. Filmed by Martin Scorsese? Yes
City: Aptos Phone: (831)427-7717 view all details >>
     
Gymnastics Open Gym
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  Gymnastics Open Gym
Ohana Gymnastics
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 3-12
Details: Supervised Gymnastics Fun!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 713-5945 view all details >>
     
Fruit Tree Q&A Session
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  Fruit Tree Q&A Session
UCSC Farm
Date: Every Sa (Jan 9-Jan 17) from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Increase your fruit tree care knowledge
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.459-3240 view all details >>
     
Second Saturday on the Farm
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  Second Saturday on the Farm
Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
Meet the Doulas
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  Meet the Doulas
Birthnet
Date: 03/11/2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: Pregnant? Considering a Doula on your birth team?
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Bay Area Amazing Pet Expo
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  Bay Area Amazing Pet Expo
Bay Area Amazing Pet Expo
Date: Every day (Jan 9-Jan 10)
Details: Your pet welcome! Check out Tons of Pet-Friendly Exhibitors and Rescue Groups, see live demonstrations in Obedience Training, Pe
Special Instructions: Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM
City: Santa Clara view all details >>
     
Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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  Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
State Park Ano Nuevo
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking)
Details: 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31
City: Pescadero Phone: 800.444.4445 view all details >>
     
Yeah, Rain!
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