Engineering Teaches Children that Failure is a Part of Learning

Across the country, educators are striving to embed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education into their middle and high school programming. Everything from robotics, coding, and engineering design are finally beginning to emerge as a critical component of the 21st-century classroom. The rationale for doing so is sound: the demand for STEM-related jobs continuesContinue reading “Engineering Teaches Children that Failure is a Part of Learning”

Ahmed’s Clock and Teacher Education

When 9th grader Ahmed Mohammed showed off his technical prowess to his teacher, his homemade digital clock didn’t quite receive the response he expected. “She was like, it looks like a bomb,” Ahmed told the Morning News. By mid-afternoon, Ahmed was being led by police officers to juvenile detention on suspicion of making a “hoaxContinue reading “Ahmed’s Clock and Teacher Education”

Why the World Needs to See India’s Daughter

If the words “India’s Daughter” haven’t caught your attention yet, chances are you may never catch a glimpse of the documentary that sparked the controversy. Recently, the BBC launched a severe, global ban on the documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape in response to the Indian government’s request to remove all copies of theContinue reading “Why the World Needs to See India’s Daughter”

In Thirty-Five Years

Last week, my in-laws celebrated their 35th anniversary. I was in search of a greeting card that adequately reflected their journey, but I wasn’t able to find one. So I wrote one.  In 35 years… You fought wars. Sometimes against one another; but, the most valuable battles were fought hand-in-hand, while you faced life’s challenges,Continue reading “In Thirty-Five Years”

Dear Toy Industry, What About the Boys?

It wasn’t until I had a child of my own that the invisible line running down the middle of toy stores dividing the boys toys from girl toys really irked me. Fortunately, this last year has been the year of change in the toy industry. Sparked by a seven-year-old Charlotte’s letter to lego that wentContinue reading “Dear Toy Industry, What About the Boys?”

‘Are You Going to Give Him a White Name?’

I am ecstatic to have my writing in the New York Times today: Feel free to leave comments in the comments section of the post. Did you end up giving your child an ‘ethnic’ name, or did you go for something more ‘western’? Was it a non-issue for you? Do you think parents’ personal experiences playContinue reading “‘Are You Going to Give Him a White Name?’”

That Boy, This Mama

That little boy, The one with bright eyes, Wide and filled with wonder, Watches ever so closely.   When he sees her Mind her manners and Speak with love, He does the same.   When he sees her Confidently swap her apron For a tool belt, He does the same.   When he sees her VoiceContinue reading “That Boy, This Mama”