Monday, July 21

Muggy Monday mash-up

Another sweltering summer day, and the Daily News reports an extra measure of risk in NYC playgrounds -- no news at all to any parent whose toddler's hot-footed it from the sprinklers to the park bench. For those who can find a spot in the shade, summer reading, vetted by the DOE.

The merits of letting young children mature or holding them back, depending on your point of view, gets the Harvard once-over: Despite prevailing trends and the increasingly common practice among independent schools, it may not be the best choice, in the long view. But there's plenty of good news here, with inspiring videos on real-world projects and ideas, thanks to filmmaker George Lucas. No accident his swashbuckling hero doubles as a bashful academic.

Our wish-list is still in DOE limbo -- or maybe the summer doldrums is more like it. Stay tuned, and stay cool (city pools and cooling centers are open).


Anonymous said...

I saw the report about the hot playgrounds on NY1 this morning. Is that mother seriously blaming the city for her son's burnt feet?

Anonymous said...

My dc has a late Dec. birthday. We decided not to hold back. He is at the top of the class academically and we are certain that if we held him back he would have been bored to tears. Are children who have delayed entry to school eligible for gifted programs? I think that eligibility should require that the child's parents followed the enrollment rules set by the DOE that the child entering kindergarten should turn 5 years old by December 31.

helen said...

DOE enrollment follows the calendar year, no matter which program. The year a child's born determine when s/he starts school, although exceptions can occur when kids transfer into city schools from other states, for example. But as far as g+t eligibility, parents can't hold kids back and have them tested (relatively) later for public-school g+t programs.