The Sometimes Bumpy Road to Success

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“There is an important distinction between preparing your child for the road ahead…and preparing the road ahead for your child.” As our children head back to school, our attention as parents inevitably turns to some critical questions: Will they be happy? How can we help them be successful? How much do we let them “go it on their own?” The answers are not easy, and they depend as much on the age and individual nature…

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Virtues, Service and the Founding Fathers

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By Peter Kraft, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs Several weeks ago, New York Times columnist David Brooks discussed a number of “mental virtues” and their importance to decision-making and the development (and illustration) of character in today’s “knowledge workers.” Citing virtues like generosity, autonomy, humility, firmness, courage and a love of learning, Brooks noted wryly that “character tests are pervasive even in modern everyday life. It’s possible to be heroic…just sitting alone in…

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The (Inter) Disciplinary Mind

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By Peter Kraft, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs During one of my recent Advanced Placement United States history classes, we considered the intersection of urban Progressivism and realist art. As they do in almost every lesson, students examined a variety of documents: census data from 1890 and 1900; photographs from Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives; excerpts from Lincoln Steffens’ The Shame of the Cities; and a New York streetscape from the…

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Digital Parenting 101

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By Tina Sahakian, Lower School Counselor In today’s climate of constant digital communication, kids are immersed in learning about, and using, myriad digital media technologies. From playing games on their mom’s or dad’s cell phone, to learning how to point and click a mouse, to navigating online by themselves, kids are active participants in a connected culture. It’s understandable that parents assume a rightful duty to worry about their children’s safety online. Social media tools…

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Overscheduled Children: How Big a Problem?

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By Shants N. Hart, Director of the Middle School and Director of Admissions As we move into a new season, I am reminded of how often that also means a transition into another sports season. At Park Tudor School, we value the well-roundedness of a child, and we openly encourage our students to participate in and try new things. Many of our students have already found a passion – soccer, the violin, basketball, gymnastics, hockey,…

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