PLNY Blog

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by Kathleen Carroll Giles, Head of School, Middlesex School

I was running some errands last weekend along a busy suburban road, and as an inveterate (and involuntary) reader, I found myself noticing not only the plethora of garage sale signs that sprung up over the weekend, but also several advertising signs new to my eyes. “Playground falls can lead to lifelong injury,” warns the sign out in front of an acupuncture office. “Grades too low? Get help before exams!” exhorts a sign 50 or so yards down the road, posted in front of a franchised tutoring business.

Video
by Gina Malin, Executive Director and Elaine Perlman, School Advisor

Executive Director Gina Malin sits down with Parents League School Advisor Elaine Perlman to talk about how parents can better communicate with children.

How we talk to kids can determine their behavior. Here are Elaine's recommendations for fostering learning, care, empathy and closeness:

Article
by SERENA FINE ENGLISH, Director, The William Woodward, Jr. Nursery School

A good nursery school is one which addresses all areas of children’s development, enhances their strengths, helps them to work on areas that may be harder for them, and prepares them well for future academic experiences.

Most important, however, is a school’s emphasis on instilling character and empathy towards others. While some children seem to have an unusual capacity to empathize with others, empathy is not only an innate quality: it is a combination of what children learn at home and at school.

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by SUSAN H. SHAPIRO, Former Director Dillon Child Study Center, St. Joseph's College

Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to
another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in
the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in
insecurity, and ended in disillusion.
                                                 —
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

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by WILLIAM V.N. PHILIP, Headmaster, Westminster School

Westminster School’s motto is Grit & Grace—two words that balance each other alliteratively, but far more importantly, complement each other inspirationally. Reflections about grit focus mostly on individual improvement, whereas grace emphasizes the importance of making a difference for others and possibly leading a more fulfilling and gratifying life.