It’s time once again for our annual Education Issue for (201)
Family. Changes of leadership on a national and state level may mean a re-examination of the American education system and changes to standardized testing and assessment of our schools.
The Common Core, which has been controversial to say the least, will most certainly be reviewed to determine its practicality and value. Educators will also review teaching methodologies and student success rates to determine the path for the future.
In this issue, we explore inquiry based learning and the growing importance and popularity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiative. We also look at school configurations around the area and discuss what works for each community. In addition, we examine the importance of occupational therapy in the teaching and learning process for children with special needs.
So many families in our communities have had to cope with loved ones in the military. We check in with a couple of Bergen families to see how they’ve handled a spouse, sibling or child serving overseas.
On the lighter side, there’s plenty of outdoor fun on the horizon, whether it’s skiing at Campgaw in Mahwah or some of the other local slopes, or skating at the Ice House in Hackensack or the Ice Vault in Wayne. We’ve got some fun snowboards and skates as well as mittens to keep tiny fingers warm in the cold.
Stay warm! AMELIA DUGGAN