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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
Overstressed Students Can Learn to Slow Down With a Simple 1-2-3
For many children, I think the first time that they hear the instruction 'Take your time' is when they get to school. Unfortunately, by then it's too late because the children have already been indoctrinated into the belief that unless they hurry
12:18 Oct 12, 2010 PST
The Hurried Curriculum Leads to Later Difficulties
In today's world, we are faced with the realities of a hurried curriculum in most schools.
10:35 Oct 5, 2010 PST
Success And Work May Not Always Go Together
The terms 'effort' and 'success' are taken to be synonyms, and logical extensions of one another, but this is not always the case.
10:53 Sep 28, 2010 PST
Praise Promotes Learning and Helps Counter Cycles of Negativity
In my work with children over the years, I have witnessed a cycle of disappointment and grief that leads to the lack of what I call an 'I can do' attitude.
07:56 Sep 21, 2010 PST
Turn High Schooler's Desire for a Job Into a Lesson in Real Life
Stop for a moment and consider what message your child is getting about the world of work if the work produces nothing but disposable income.
12:29 Sep 14, 2010 PST
Spelling Problem Parent's to Address; Child Needs Self-Study Regimen
Learning weekly spelling words is a great way to begin independent learning
08:53 Sep 7, 2010 PST
New School Year Means Lots to Get Used To
The transition to a new work environment can be scary for children
10:38 Aug 31, 2010 PST
Explore Other Possibilities Before Accepting An ADD/ADHD Diagnosis
Many parents and doctors place great -almost sole- confidence on the label ADD/ADHD and on medication for Attention Deficit Disorder.
13:39 Aug 24, 2010 PST
Understanding Working Capacity is The Key to Self-Reliance
As our children go from grade to grade, both the amount and the complexity of what they will be asked to complete and learn will increase.
07:57 Aug 17, 2010 PST
Grades Show What is Left for The Child to Learn
My son, Sam, is in second grade. As bad as this may sound he has been tutored every summer and school year since junior kindergarten (which he went through twice). His teachers all believe he has an attention problem.
06:32 Aug 10, 2010 PST
Instructions For Kids are Sometimes Not as Simple as They Seem
It is easy to confuse hearing and listening. While your child may be hear¬ing your instructions, that does not mean they have learned to add the mindfulness and attention required for listening.
09:39 Aug 3, 2010 PST
Don't Judge New Toys in Yesterday's Context
In today's world, leaping ahead is more important than waiting. Engineers rely on computer-aided design, doctors are ever more dependent on diagnostic technology, and educational institutions are becoming increasingly dependant on the Internet and
09:07 Jul 27, 2010 PST
Parents Should Set Rules to Help Child Enjoy 'homebody' Days
Many adults wait until middle age to learn that fulfilling the need for personal and private time - and space - is OK
12:17 Jul 20, 2010 PST
Emphasize Gains, Losses in Child's Approach to Tasks
It is common for parents to use a system of punishments and rewards when they are dealing with their children.
06:36 Jul 13, 2010 PST
Let Children Resolve Boredom Alone
Children are trained by school to have decisions about what to do next mapped out for them. The freedom to choose what to do is not a skill schools tend to include in their curriculums.
12:55 Jul 6, 2010 PST
Time is Life: Personal Calendars Help a Child Develop Responsibility
For a child, chores and responsibilities can make a long summer seem very short - so it is a great time to learn how to manage time and develop responsibility while still leaving plenty of time for summer fun.
09:09 Jun 29, 2010 PST
How You Answer Your Children's Questions Will Help in School
Reading can be broken into two main components. Mechanical reading, which is emphasized in the classroom is one and the other, easily assumed or often overlooked, is meaningful reading.
11:30 Jun 15, 2010 PST
Home Alone During Summer Break: Trust Imperative for a Child to Grow Up
Parents today are being steadily pulled and pushed toward parenting with fear. Fear for our child's safety and wellbeing is a strong pull.
10:13 Jun 8, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Seniors, graduation NEVER ends; parents are shocked
It's a magic time of year for seniors and their parents - proms, parties, celebrations, and caps and gowns. It's senioritis in full bloom.
10:08 May 25, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Study Skills Classes are Outdated
The notion of study skills has its roots two or more generations ago when people went to school to prepare for a working world that required sameness of thinking: Many people carrying out the same job description with the same level of productivity.
10:38 May 18, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework®: Don't Ruin College Or Other Post-High School Chances
Students must plan their high school courses and not rely on guidance counselors to tell them what to take.
08:46 May 11, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Teacher Works With Child as Long as Child Works
Mother got big sales pitch from school about how each child is taught individually but is finding out this is not the case in the classroom.
09:48 May 5, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: What Seems Simple to Adults is Huge to Children
Child thinks simple misunderstanding with the teacher about a kickball rule is life and death issue.
11:10 Apr 27, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Spring Break Breaks Child's Routine
Spring Break and Daylight Savings Time mess up school and family routines but there are ways to get your child back into the routine.
10:29 Apr 20, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Eighth-Grader Probably Already Labeled Troublemaker
As seen by the school system, this student is trouble, not doing homework, not completing school tasks, and being disobedient (talking) in school. Teachers and school officials have probably described this student as defiant.
15:37 Apr 13, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Writing With a Pen Spells Big Trouble for Children
Problems with fine motor skills, such as writing, usually spell big trouble for children in school.
07:49 Apr 6, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Certain skills needed for taking the ACT test
The ACT is a college entrance test, not an achievement test. Here are some key tips for preparing to take the test.
05:27 Mar 31, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Repeating an early grade does not mean failure
Old perceptions and fears of holding a child back do not apply today.
11:42 Mar 23, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Mother wants to cancel Spring Break
Just as adults look forward to an annual vacation from work, children anticipate spring break from school.
12:42 Mar 17, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: C's and D's Do Not Mean Your Child Is A Loser
C's and D's don't automatically mean your child can't learn, is goofing off, has ADD/ADHD, or that your child is doomed to failure because of a C or D on a report card.
09:40 Mar 9, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Work Faster, Do More Causes Kids to Not Learn Basics
Timing schoolwork has become so important to elementary school teachers, especially in first, second and third grades that learning has taken a back seat to how fast a child can do something.
15:19 Mar 2, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: Parents Accused Of Being Unfair
Child pitches a fit when parents refuse to allow her to stay up an extra hour to watch TV.
14:15 Feb 23, 2010 PST
Hassle-Free Homework: School Expectations Change In Seventh Grade
School expectations completely change in the seventh grade, from allowing students time to develop basic skills to assuming that those skills are already in place - and in use.
11:17 Feb 16, 2010 PST
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