March is here, and in many places that means kids have just finished their break and are heading back to the classroom. Now that the last stretch of the school year is upon us, The Goldwaters thought they would take this opportunity to explore the world of education.

Why do we send our kids to school, and what to we hope they achieve while they’re there? Anne-France, Samantha, and Daniel try and work through some of the philosophy of education.

In this episode, they also dig into things like technology and some alternative learning methods.

And, they of course bring a little of their advice for parents of school-aged kids to help. One of the most important things parents can do for their kids is to set them up for success. And Dr. Samantha Goldwater-Adler said one of the best ways to do that is to keep them regulated.

“Be sure your kid’s getting enough sleep, that it’s consistent, that they’re eating well, that they’re eating healthy snacks, and they’re getting a lot of exercise and physical activity,” Samantha said.

“A lot of times when parents are busy—particularly working parents—when kids get in to school, they don’t have time to give their kids the extra exercise or attention or that they’re getting to bed early enough,” she said “And even just those little things can make a huge difference.”

Further Reading

  • Samantha Goldwater-Adler: Virtues of uncertainty, by Guy Claxton “What it really talks about that I thought was interesting, is how to shift away from some of the rote learning, or teaching to the tests, that’s been the direction that education’s been going in recently,” Samantha said. It explores “what are some of the core character traits and values we can and should be encouraging in kids to really be able to best benefit them going forward in their lives and in their education.”

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