What Every Parent Should Know About School by Michael Reist

By Michael Reist

Tuition is our children's moment domestic. they'll spend extra time there than wherever else of their adolescence. all of us have to speak truthfully concerning the nature of this atmosphere, the way it works, and the way it doesn't paintings. our children are counting on us to create a college approach the place they could study in addition to consider satisfied. The extra we all know approximately how institution works, the higher we can navigate our approach via "the system" and support our youngsters do an identical. What each father or mother should still learn about institution is a good, optimistic, thought-provoking examine what colleges are this day and what they can be sooner or later.

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113 The struggling single mother was also the central figure in Marion Kohn’s descriptions of Jewish immigrant nursery families, even when that image did not fit reality. In her 1913 report to her board at the Young Women’s Union, Kohn claimed that more than half of the children cared for at the nursery “came from homes where the father had deserted,” although according to Kohn’s own figures, no more than a quarter of the families applying for nursery care fit that description. Kohn went on to tell the story of Edith, an eighteen-year-old mother whose husband had deserted: “It is not easy to work ten hours a day, to leave the baby at the Nursery early in the morning, to come for it in the evening, then return to one’s squalid tenement, to build the fire and prepare the frugal meal— in warm weather and in cold, in storm and in sunlight, day after day.

Day nursery reports frequently repeated the idea that families in which mothers had to work were deprived of “normal” family life. ”121 Nursery workers were delighted when a mother who had been using the nursery returned to her “normal” status as full-time mother. For instance, the visitor for the First Day Nursery reported enthusiastically in 1917 on the Fowles family: “Everything is lovely here at present. Mr. F has been working regularly, since he came out of the House of Correction and giving Mrs.

Very rarely does the Board reject a proposed member. ”79 This observation is borne out in the records of Philadelphia’s day nurseries. A 1960 newspaper article about the history of the Lincoln Day Nursery showed a picture of Mrs. , next to Mrs. G. , and noted, “Their husbands, who are first cousins, are grandsons of the woman who founded the nursery 71 years ago. ”81 Service on this day nursery board was part of the life of women in the inner circles of Philadelphia’s fashionable society, where attention to “the same old family names” was crucial.

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