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Jessica Lahey
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Don't Let Schooling Interfere With Your Education*
I had a lovely day in Tarrytown, NY yesterday. I was the keynote at a fundraiser put on by the Hackley School Parent's Association at the Tappan Hill Mansion , formerly owned by Mark Twain. He bought what was formerly known as the Hillcrest mansion for his ...
I had a lovely day in Tarrytown, NY yesterday. I was the keynote at a fundraiser put on by the Hackley School Parent's Association at the Tappan Hill Mansion, formerly owned by Mark Twain. He bought what was formerly known as...
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Here's Annie Murphy Paul, explaining why ebooks are not the same thing, engagement-wise, as the plain ol' paper version. 
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.
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Not sure what the author is talking about: is it really e-books (the likes you can read on your Kindle) or is it rather about multimedia e-book apps some use on their CrApple "iPad" and other tablets? I guess, one cannot put the two into the same category and judge them the same, although I do agree that distraction is a major issue. So, to complement you comment: yes, e-books are certainly not the same as paper books, but likewise, e-books are not the same as e-book apps... 
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Why children love - and NEED - risky play. 
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That frustrating math your kids are bringing home in their backpacks? The stuff that Time, Huffington Post, and Hechinger Report claims is a "Common Core math problem"?

That's curriculum, not Common Core. It's vital that we understand the difference between the two so we can fix what needs to be fixed. 
States, districts, and schools are actually in charge.
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And you know I had to post this in the comments where all my friends posted that math picture. I couldn't help myself.
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Talking About Books on the Today Show
I got to spend the morning on the Today Show set talking about some of my favorite picks for books that transcend gender. Embed code is not working for some reason, so here's the link to the segment.  
I got to spend the morning on the Today Show set talking about some of my favorite picks for books that transcend gender. Embed code is not working for some reason, so here's the link to the segment. 
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And the Speaker Wore White
I had a lovely day in Tarrytown, NY yesterday. I was the keynote at a fundraiser put on by the Hackley School Parent's Association at the Tappan Hill Mansion , formerly owned by Mark Twain. He bought what was formerly known as the Hillcrest mansion for his ...
I had a lovely day in Tarrytown, NY yesterday. I was the keynote at a fundraiser put on by the Hackley School Parent's Association at the Tappan Hill Mansion, formerly owned by Mark Twain. He bought what was formerly known as...
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Why Children Want - and NEED - Risky Play
Peter Gray , Boston College professor and author of Free to Learn (a book that is well worth your time) is out there, day in and day out, lobbying for the freedom to play. To climb trees, leap from great heights, and yes, maybe even get hurt. To introduce y...
Peter Gray, Boston College professor and author of Free to Learn (a book that is well worth your time) is out there, day in and day out, lobbying for the freedom to play. To climb trees, leap from great heights, and yes, mayb...
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I love this, and it's why weekend naptime is a fiercely protected time zone in the Lahey household. 
Most of the time, being “busy” is a choice, and it’s a choice I refuse to make.
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Great list of books for both boys and girls from K.J. Dell'Antonia at Motherlode! 
Tired of “boy books” and “girl books?” Nine books (or series) that both the boys and girls in my family have enjoyed.
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Catch me Monday on the Today Show at 9:40 EST (my mom told me to tell Boston-area viewers that they show the 9:00 hour at 10:00, you'll have to take her word on that) talking about books that cross gender lines and the question of whether publishers should market gender-specific books to kids. I get to recommend five examples of books that appeal to both genders, so thanks for all your recommendations. 

For those of you with no TV access, I will post the clip here after the show airs. 
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Teacher, Writer, Gentlewoman Farmer.
Introduction
I write about teaching and parenting at the New York Times, The Atlantic, and at www.jessicalahey.com.
Bragging rights
I can slaughter a chicken, fry it up in a pan, and write about it for the New York Times.
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Law, 1999
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Comparative Literature, 1992
  • Dover-Sherborn High School
    1988