The Standard Core of…What Now?

An Iowa woman jokingly calls it “Satan’s handiwork.” A California mom says she’s broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it “makes my blood boil.”

What could be so horrible? Grade-school math.

As schools around the U.S. implement national Common Core learning standards, parents trying to help their kids with math homework say that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing has become as complicated as calculus. Continue reading


A Mother’s Day Interpretation

Mother's Day balloon


To all the Mothers

And to all those who dedicate their lives and careers to taking care of others.

This day is for you.



For My Teachers

For all that you do, I’m grateful to you.

I wouldn’t have made it this far without you.

From reading and math, to science and spelling,

Foreign language and culture, and poetry telling.


From child to adult,

From student to teacher,

I will lead a classroom myself

In the ways of my teachers.


I’m thankful each day,

For the education I’ve had,

For the schools where I’ve been,

And the friends I have had


Soon it will be time

For me to pass on

The things I have learned

So the knowledge lives on.


That’s why I must thank you,

My dear teachers of my past,

For all of my memories

And those lessons that will last.


To The Moon

Published on May 4, 2014

Thank you to the millions of passionate teachers who inspire curiosity in their classrooms…lesson after lesson, unit after unit, year after year. We’re fortunate to have had many of you in our lives, and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring because of the work you’re doing today.  ~Google

If you’re curious about exploring space, here are some free resources from the video:

100,000 Stars:
Moon in Google Earth:
Tears in Space (Don’t Fall):
NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout:
Android Sky Map:
Google Search app:

Photo Credits:
Nebulae images courtesy of NASA, ESA, and respective academic partners.
Jupiter Moon images courtesy of NASA/JPL and academic partners.
ISS Image courtesy of NASA.
Chris Hadfield © Canadian Space Agency, 2013.
Denis Finnin © American Museum of Natural History.