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Yvonne Fournier

Dr. Yvonne Fournier has been a pharmacist, public health administrator, demographer and entrepreneur. She has followed her own roadmap in becoming arguably one of the most prolific of educators and child advocates in America today.

Maintaining a Connection With Your Growing Teens is Critical
As a parent, you can probably recall the time when you son was a toddler and you were the world to him- he had eyes only for you, and his experience of the world was filtered through your teaching.
09:18 Nov 8, 2012 PST
Learning Responsible Parenting Requires Collaborative Efforts
If the goal is to teach responsible parenting, we must begin with a basic understanding: responsibility is not an innate skill.
07:24 Oct 27, 2012 PST
How Parents Can Help Their Children Prepare for Tests and Exams?
It seems like we just began the new school year yesterday, but I am already receiving emails for strategies on final exams and test taking as the first quarter draws to a close and exams begin to creep closer.
10:34 Oct 16, 2012 PST
Community Service Helps Teens Grow in More Ways Than One
Service is a union of strengths, with everyone on equal footing. Service requires compassion, but is not judgmental.
18:30 Sep 18, 2012 PST
Is Homework Outdated?
If we allow ourselves as a society and a culture to debate over how much homework a child should be given, we are lost. We should instead be concerned with what kind of homework should be given, and to understand its purpose.
19:52 Sep 4, 2012 PST
Differences Between Education and Schooling Revealed
Yes, I believe it is of the utmost importance to draw a clear distinction between education and schooling.
06:42 Sep 1, 2012 PST
Parents Can Expect The Unexpected in Raising An Adolescent
When your child was a toddler and into her elementary school years, you and your husband were the objects of all of her attention.
18:07 Aug 21, 2012 PST
The Secret Teachings in Algebra Revealed
Think of math in terms of two skills that complement each other - math computation and math reasoning.
14:52 Aug 14, 2012 PST
Preparing for Your Child's Hurried Curriculum
For parents who have struggled with their children through any grade, the start of the next school year brings anxiety and fear of both the unknown and the prospect of rehashing the traumatic experiences from the previous year.
15:39 Jul 31, 2012 PST
Assessing Children's School Performance Includes Creativity
The practice of making standardized testing the measuring stick by which we judge our children's learning was, and is, a mistake.
08:46 Jul 25, 2012 PST
Will 'Money' Allowance Teach Children to Be Responsible?
Even the most well-intentioned parent can 'allow' an allowance to backfire when it is based on the false premise that it will auto¬matically make a child more responsi¬ble with money.
18:53 Jul 21, 2012 PST
How to Teach Children to Interpret Meaning of Time
In our hurried lives, almost from the time our children are born, 'time' means 'hurry,' and 'hurry' means 'stress.' A classic case of A=B=C, or A=C.
10:03 Jul 12, 2012 PST
Book Bag Routines Aid To Develop Responsibility
As technology use increases and becomes more efficient, it seems as if we as a society expect that this new technology will solve our problems for us. Procrastinate? There's 'an app for that.' Need to manage your time? There's one for that, too.
05:47 Jul 4, 2012 PST
Regression Moments are Parenting Moments
How often do we, as parents, tell our children, 'All I want is for you to be happy and successful'?
18:59 Jun 27, 2012 PST
To Redshirt, Or Not to Redshirt? That is The Question
'Let's get to children earlier' sounds great as society mandates ever-increasing curriculum demands, but getting there means nothing if we do not answer the 'To do what?'
17:37 Jun 12, 2012 PST
Students Need More Than Just Good Grades to Succeed in Life
A test, like a yardstick, is only one form of measurement. This point cannot be stressed enough.
05:59 Jun 6, 2012 PST
Three Basic 'Dos' and 'Don'ts' for Nurturing of Child's Strengths
As many children continue to slip through the cracks school, I can't help but wonder how many of them are destined to become disillusioned 'adult-kids' a few decades from now.
06:52 May 31, 2012 PST
Is There Hope for Our Graduates?
'With 85 % of college graduates moving back home and an average debt of $22,900 per student, thousands of college graduates face a stark economic future.'
11:53 May 22, 2012 PST
The Two Keys to Raising a Genius!
Some critics have raised eyebrows whenever I have said, 'All of the children I work with are geniuses,' or 'I have only taught geniuses.'
14:48 May 8, 2012 PST
Teach Children Good Financial Habits Early
My son has an after school part-time job. My husband and I are debating how to approach the subject of his making a contribution to the family for his monthly expense total.
15:24 May 1, 2012 PST
Studying Necessitates Strategy
Many students give in to the ideas that studying and learning are one in the same, but studying is the road and learning is the destination.
15:24 Apr 25, 2012 PST
Students: Track Grades Daily to Relieve Tension At Home
'How do I get my parents off my back?' Whenever I hear this very common complaint from students, I try to explain that there is good news as well as bad news in this dilemma.
17:05 Apr 17, 2012 PST
'Stress' Doesn't Identify Problem
What exactly does it mean when we're 'stressed out'? I believe that children have learned from adults that 'stress' is a very convenient label for everything that bothers them.
12:50 Apr 11, 2012 PST
What Makes a Good Family Schedule?
In society's rush to ask more and more of students, and to demand it sooner and sooner, we often overlook just how much we are requiring of our children.
07:41 Apr 4, 2012 PST
Responsibility is a Skill That Takes Teamwork to Develop
'Responsibility' has been a buzzword for a long time as well as how it relates to school and schooling in our society.
12:40 Mar 28, 2012 PST
Reading Skill and Comprehension Must Be Assessed Separately
You can only develop your own personal prosody -no two are alike- if you know the meaning of what you are saying or reading.
08:42 Mar 21, 2012 PST
Parent's Role as Monitor Aids in Reintegrating Children Into Traditional Schools
Most parents of children with learning disabilities will place their children in special programs/schools with the hope and intention that they will eventually master the skills that kept them from being successful in traditional schools.
12:33 Mar 13, 2012 PST
Will Parents Pick Child's Extra-Curricular Commitments Over Academics?
My 6th grade son is begging me to let him play school sports. He is not a strong student and gets Cs with a lot of hard work. I'm afraid if I let him join a team that the time it will take away from his studies will harm him academically.
08:07 Mar 7, 2012 PST
Defeat 'Apathy' With Understanding and Caring
There is a mid-range emotional state that many parents miss because of its subtlety.
17:42 Feb 28, 2012 PST
'Last Mile Kids' Must Be Allowed to Finish The Race
If you view reading as a journey that is ten miles long, then to complete the journey -to say that you can read and demonstrate mastery - you must travel the full ten miles.
09:49 Feb 22, 2012 PST
Standardized Tests May Require Adjustments
Performing well in school is not an automatic guarantee that a student will breeze through standardized tests that measure skill and content.
20:14 Feb 14, 2012 PST
In Striving for Success, Use Personal Definition
'Just do your best' may be excellent advice in a loving home environment, but unfortunately this standard falls short in today's judgmental world.
12:03 Feb 7, 2012 PST
Self-Worth is Answer to Setback
Speaking up takes courage. Each week I am amazed at the parents who have the courage to write to me about their questions and concerns for their children's education.
14:12 Jan 31, 2012 PST
Goal of Mentoring Programs is to Develop Independence
There's no debate that today's 'at-risk' children need positive role models, but we must recognize that mentoring programs do have inherent dangers.
10:20 Jan 25, 2012 PST
Child Need Parents' Input Even When Facing School Battles Alone
School is too often viewed as a child's responsibility in which parents are involved only if the child misbehaves or does not learn.
15:23 Jan 17, 2012 PST
Children's Media Consumption Requires Monitoring, Regulating
Today, our children are faced with numerous media sources and technologies, from smartphones and tablets with Internet connectivity, to Blu-Ray media, multiple gaming consoles, and or 3-D capability on High-definition 60 inch wi-fi ready televisions
13:50 Jan 10, 2012 PST
Interrupt The Pattern of Homework Despair
When parents scream, punish and/or bribe a child in order to change his behavior, and then witness little or no change, it's easy to jump to the conclusion that the child is not lis¬tening and is doing nothing to alleviate the problem.
10:11 Jan 3, 2012 PST
This Holiday Season Be Mindful of The 'Chatter'
Our lives our full of what I refer to as 'chatter.' This chatter can be broken down into two distinct types: Internal and external.
15:04 Dec 27, 2011 PST
Most Valuable Gift to Child Could Be Presence
During the holiday season, it's so easy to get caught up in what we do - buying presents, chauffeuring the kids to special activities, or cooking a big family dinner - that we sometimes forget to reflect on who we are.
14:28 Dec 20, 2011 PST
Heplful Tips to Prepare Children for 'Real World' School
Children enter school full of curiosity, eager to experience, wanting to be seen and heard. They enter school with the gift of spontaneity as they explore a strange new place intended for learning.
08:05 Dec 15, 2011 PST
Parents Must Resist The Temptation to Become Teachers
Most parents have heard their child complain, 'But I don't know how to do it!' The natural inclination is to respond, 'Let me help.' Unfortunately, this leads many parents to cross the line of parenting into teaching.
15:29 Dec 6, 2011 PST
Teach Your Child to Close The Circle, Not Simply Complete Tasks
Before jumping to extreme conclusions such as a pre-diagnosis of ADHD and considering testing, I advise attempting small strategies for change to see if they address the dilemma.
16:50 Nov 29, 2011 PST
The Processes for Learning are More Important Than Trivia
In our children's generation, the definition of success is changing. The style in the workplace is shifting from management by one boss and many workers to teamwork and independent action.
13:30 Nov 22, 2011 PST
Think of Early Reading Products as Circus Tricks
One of the statistical understandings I usually share with parents who are considering an accelerated curriculum of any kind is the fact that around the third grade, childhood development rates begin to even out.
13:35 Nov 15, 2011 PST
Learning to Estimate Working Capacity Will Pay Dividends for Life
What adult hasn't felt overwhelmed when the 'To Do' list at work and home keeps getting longer? Unfortunately, this feeling is now experienced by school children at younger and younger ages.
14:59 Nov 8, 2011 PST
Focus on Grades as Clues to What Still Needs to Be Learned
Grades are not meant to be a badge of honor or shame to the recipient; they are simply notations that give a numerical reflection of how much our child has left to learn.
12:25 Nov 1, 2011 PST
Hurried Curriculum 3.0: Is it kindergarten or third grade?
Thrusting higher-grade level material onto unready children is a recipe for disaster.
12:24 Oct 25, 2011 PST
Be Preemptive Rather Than Reactive To ACT Scoring
Most college-bound students were brought up to believe that the door to college would magically open one day.
14:19 Oct 19, 2011 PST
Coping Skills are a Vital Piece of Academic Success
Stress related symptoms are a signal for the need for effective coping skills
14:43 Oct 11, 2011 PST
Developmental Readiness is Not An Exact Science
Give children opportunities and time to reach milestones on their own
12:06 Oct 4, 2011 PST
Use Natural Consequences Over Punishments Or Rewards
Few life situations can be tracked to a single cause, and there are dangers in using a 'right or wrong' problem-solving technique.
12:12 Sep 27, 2011 PST
Clothing Choices Celebrate The Dumbing Down of Our Culture
While the debate over the sale of these items has ended, history has shown that we can expect this issue to rear its ugly head again in the future. Why?
11:26 Sep 20, 2011 PST
In The Face of a Hurried Curriculum, Focus on Responsibility
Personal responsibility is not innate for young students, it must be taught.
12:50 Sep 13, 2011 PST
Don't Panic If Your Child 'Doesn't Follow Instructions'
When my son brings his graded work home from school, I am seeing a pattern that he is not following instructions. In some of your past articles, you have written about the importance of looking for trends in our children's schoolwork.
14:21 Sep 6, 2011 PST
A Vision of The Schools of The Future
Can we achieve both at the same time: Disseminate data to enable collaboration, while simultaneously ensuring that individual learning is taking place? I believe so.
14:32 Aug 30, 2011 PST
An Article About Procrastination? Maybe Later...
Chunk long-term assignments to restore balance, and to defeat the 'future' you.
14:31 Aug 23, 2011 PST
Keep An Inventory to Track Areas of Difficulty With Reading
When someone passes judgment on your child, the reaction is typically one of pain and anger, though not necessarily in that order.
10:59 Aug 16, 2011 PST
To Read Textbooks Effectively, New Skills are in Order
Transitions from memorization to paraphrasing can catch many off guard
15:35 Aug 9, 2011 PST
Basic Skills May Be Rusty After a Summer Off
Unless students have continued to keep their skills sharp throughout the summer, they may stumble out of the gate when they are confronted with the expectations of their new grade.
12:21 Aug 2, 2011 PST
As Video Gaming Continues to Grow, The Rules Remain The Same
The question of where video games belong in the toy hierarchy is one I am asked every five years or so.
12:51 Jul 26, 2011 PST
Open Sourcing Has Changed The Research Process, But Not The Goal
Teachers from elementary school all the way up to the collegiate level are still on the fence about the credibility of Wikipedia, and where to draw the line.
08:09 Jul 19, 2011 PST
Handwriting Woes Can and Should Be Corrected
My daughter has an awful way of holding her pencil. Her writing is as difficult to read as it is for her to write. Homework assignments are agony.
13:12 Jul 12, 2011 PST
Homeschoolers vs. Schoolhomers
Having met with many parents who have decided to home school their children, I see two distinct categories - homeschoolers and what I call 'schoolhomers.'
13:23 Jul 7, 2011 PST
Long-Term Vision? Get Into Position!
The current industrial era model of education will only continue to become more and more out of date as culture continues to evolve, and as a result the number of students who say they are stuck in a system with no relevance will continue to grow.
10:50 Jun 28, 2011 PST
Learning Strategies Should Be The Focus of Educators
It can be frustrating to watch our educational leaders continue to try and treat the symptoms instead of curing the disease that is the continued use of the Industrial Era model of education.
12:11 Jun 21, 2011 PST
Learning From Past Can Ease Graduate's Transition
Any transition from the past to the future is difficult, no matter whether it's a graduation from kindergarten or middle school.
13:03 Jun 14, 2011 PST
As Communication Between Teachers & Parents Improves, Don't Become 'Big Brother'
The article you enclosed, Do schools share too much with parents? is a good example of how much has changed as Internet communication has improved and social networking sites have boomed in popularity.
17:06 Jun 7, 2011 PST
The Start of Summer Vacation is No Reason to Panic
As parents, we can help our children learn responsibility and decision-making by letting them create their own summer schedule, with our guidance.
13:26 May 31, 2011 PST
Summer Reading Should Be Chock-Full of Quality
Reading is a mechanical skill, like riding a bike. You learn to maneuver the bike to get to a given destination. So if reading is the bike, what is the destination? It's called thinking!
15:30 May 24, 2011 PST
Don't Believe The Hype on School Vouchers
I have always been hesitant to endorse school vouchers as a viable solution for the educational difficulties in this country.
16:59 May 17, 2011 PST
Being Schooled = Being Educated
Parents need to stop and assess whether the grades are the result of the child being schooled well or educated well. There is a big difference.
12:27 May 10, 2011 PST
Career Paths and Visioning Can Begin in High School
An understanding of who you are and where your passions lie will 'point you in the right direction.'
18:26 May 3, 2011 PST
Prepare Your Child for The Rules of School
I will follow up for you with a starting point on how parents can lay a solid foundation for their children that will address some intangibles that, when missing, can weigh heavily on children's performance and/or conduct in the classroom.
13:58 Apr 26, 2011 PST
Preparation: Planning for College Should Begin Early
Many students begin to look at their overall body of work from high school as late as the second semester of their senior year, where there is little they can do to help themselves outside of focusing solely on their SAT and ACT scores.
13:00 Apr 19, 2011 PST
You are The CEO Of Your Child's Education
When it comes to parent/teacher conferences, many parents hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
10:48 Apr 12, 2011 PST
Parents: Write Your Own Script for 'Active' Parenting
The job of parenting is full of paradoxes: Joy and pain, fear and comfort, rewards and frustrations.
18:16 Apr 5, 2011 PST
Tracking Grades Will Aid in Continuing Student's Momentum
Every semester we start school and every semester our son promises that things will be different. He says he is really going to put forth the effort and make good grades. Unfortunately, year after year we believe him.
19:14 Mar 29, 2011 PST
Standardized Testing Celebrates Teaching Students to Be a Member The Herd
Standardized tests are an antiquated system that is stuck educating our children for an era that is long gone.
16:20 Mar 22, 2011 PST
Tiger Mother, Hiroshima Mom Create Convenient Excuses for Their Own Needs
Dr Fournier looks to find the balance between extremes. Both the 'Tiger Mother' and the 'Hiroshima Mom' have created convenient excuses for themselves to inflate their own egotistical needs.
18:12 Mar 15, 2011 PST
Resistance to Paradigm Shifts is Resistance to Change
What do you think about the increasing digitization of learning in the classrooms of today?
12:07 Mar 8, 2011 PST
Misbehavior is Just a Symptom; Solution Requires Finding Cause
For parents, a school year can be fraught with work and tears, due to a mentality of desire in this country for bigger, better, sooner and more when it comes to education.
18:59 Mar 1, 2011 PST
It's Time to Prepare Children for a Changing Global Landscape
If your children are to become change agents in tomorrow's globalized world, then it would serve them well to pay attention to countries like China and languages like Mandarin today.
05:31 Feb 23, 2011 PST
Help Child Decide on An Activity, Evaluate It, Take Responsibility
Many people -both children and adults-- make commitments based on the impression they had of what they were getting into without really knowing what it was going to be like.
16:27 Feb 15, 2011 PST
Child May Need Nudge to Become Self-Reliant
Some parents believe their children shou1d be able to do everything on their own, while other parents believe their children need some parental guidance.
14:17 Feb 8, 2011 PST
Notions of Literacy Must Reflect Cultural Shifts
As information trafficking evolves, so must the measure of literacy
12:05 Feb 1, 2011 PST
It Takes Strength to Do The Duty of Setting Limits for Children
Picture everyone's life as a box, with the boundaries representing the rules that make up the limits of our rights.
14:21 Jan 25, 2011 PST
No Punishments; No Rewards!
How do you instill in a child the work ethic - the desire to perform a task or assignment to the best of his ability - even under what he views as adverse circumstances?
16:58 Jan 18, 2011 PST
Face Fears in Order to Beat Procrastination
All of us suffer from procrastination at one time or another - and the operative word here is 'suffer.'
13:20 Jan 11, 2011 PST
Straight 'A' Students May Flunk Real World Test
'Good grades' are close to an obsession in our society, yet too often we do not stop to analyze what those grades really mean.
10:47 Jan 5, 2011 PST
Student's Mission Changes With Different Grades
When good students suddenly have difficulty in school, parents often assume that it's due to lack of motivation.
12:04 Dec 28, 2010 PST
Children Cannot Grow Two Feet Taller Overnight
The promise of the accelerated curriculum is a dangling carrot, hanging there to entice the parent into taking the bait.
18:34 Dec 22, 2010 PST
How to Balance The Different Areas of Your Life With Parenting
Parents must provide direction and guidance to keep their families moving forward together.
11:14 Dec 14, 2010 PST
Safe School Environment Means Bullying Must End
The answer to the question of what to do about bullying will vary wildly depending on whom you ask for advice.
16:57 Dec 7, 2010 PST
Acceptable Home Behavior May Not Fit School Rules
School is a closed environment where teachers go to teach and students go to learn. This is a community unto itself - with both written and unwritten rules for acceptable behavior.
14:56 Nov 30, 2010 PST
Examine Factors Before Turning to Pharmaceuticals to Solve Educational Problems
Hi my name is Angela, I am a 12th grade student. I am currently writing a research paper about ADHD and is Ritalin over prescribed.
10:04 Nov 23, 2010 PST
Educator's Job is to Assess Strengths, Not Weaknesses
My son has struggled in school since the fourth grade. Before that, he was a good student and his teachers loved him. Slowly, schoolwork became more difficult for him and everything went downhill...
18:19 Nov 16, 2010 PST
What does it mean to be a Strategizer?
The Strategizer® is a collection of instructions that work to help children of all ages to address all the intangibles that they are expected to apply daily at school.
18:03 Nov 9, 2010 PST
Learning Each Day Eliminates Necessity to Cram for Exams
The major reason I say 'studying is not allowed,' because I choose to use the term 'learn' and not 'study.'
12:40 Nov 2, 2010 PST
Thinking; Expression Enhanced By The Power of Words
Have you ever had a thought that you wanted to convey, and yet you felt paralyzed while searching for the perfect word?
11:05 Oct 26, 2010 PST
Time Management Must Be Learned
How many hours of family calmness, bonding and togetherness have instead turned into hours of family squabbles over schoolwork?
16:03 Oct 19, 2010 PST
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