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Monday Link Roundup (August 7)


How Goofing Off Helps Kids Learn

One reason why free time is good for kids: it gives them mental space to process information and build their strengths.

What Works for Getting Kids to Enjoy Reading

“The implication of these examples is that books should not just be available, but virtually falling into children’s laps, or at least, visible in as many locations as possible: in the classroom, in every room of the house, in the car, and so on.”

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

The article everyone’s talking about this week: a sobering discussion of the effects of smartphone use on teenagers. Especially applicable in Silicon Valley where it seems like everyone has the latest technology.

California State University Officially Ends Long-Time Use of Placement Tests

“Instead, the school will look at a combination of high school grades, SAT scores, and AP scores to decide if incoming students are ready for college-level work.”

Why Kids Can’t WriteWhat Parents Can Do to Nurture Good WritersHow to Conquer the Admission Essay

A solid collection of articles from the New York Times about writing, including a timely piece on writing the college admissions essay. Helpful advice: “Choose a topic you really want to write about…A good topic will be complex…Don’t brag about your achievements. Instead, look at times you’ve struggled or, even better, failed.”

Sending Sons Off to College, and Finding Solace in a Big Box Store

Caitlin Flanagan’s reflection on her twin boys leaving the nest and heading off to college, and the inexplicable emotional draw of Bed Bath & Beyond in this moment.

Your Go-To Guide for Dorm Room Essentials

Still feeling the need to outfit your child’s dorm room after reading Caitlin Flanagan’s story? Here’s your shopping guide, courtesy of the New York Times.


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