- Slate had the Case Against Grades this week. They lower self-esteem, discourage creativity, and reinforce class-divides. In a somewhat related post, they also reported on new studies that show that "Tiger Moms" don't result in superior achievement for their kids.
- Think Progress and other outlets discussed Elizabeth Smart's comments about abstinence-only sex education and how it contributes to silence among victims of sexual abuse. This is another reason we need programs like OWL, which I discussed on my other blog recently.
- Teaching Tolerance had a very moving essay about Supporting Different Beliefs and a college-professor's moment of self-awareness about needing to respect a student's right to pray for them.
- The Mom Pledge called on us all to stop the "Dear Mom/Dad" memes or rants on social media in which we go off on some random parent for their failures and instead realize no parent is perfect and try to support each other.
- Another good one from Teaching Tolerance: the Neuroscience of Call and Response
- I found myself in sympathy with Why I Made My Teen Go To Church
- And I was interested to see Psychology Today talk about A Nation of Wimps while the UK's Guardian posted about Why Parents Should Leave Their Kids Alone
What have you found thought-provoking this week?