Why are growing numbers of Min...

Jun 22, 2012 by

Joe Nathan  – Why are some families doing home schooling, how many are doing it, and is it a good idea?  Several readers responded to...

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Lessons can be learned from La...

Jun 14, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Will you take 5 minutes to help protect your children? Please consider several steps suggested below that come...

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Minnesota’s new accountability...

Jun 1, 2012 by

Misses many excellent schools, but may help families & students Potentially misleading, probably more reasonable and hopefully,...

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Some of Minnesota’s most creat...

May 18, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – There are critics, complainers and creators. Today we’ll focus on some of Minnesota’s most creative educators,...

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Hundreds on Minnesota State Ca...

May 11, 2012 by

Joe Nathan  – Battles, creativity and determination were displayed on the State Capitol steps last week, and I’m not talking about...

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Expansion of Post Secondary Op...

May 3, 2012 by

Joe Nathan Column – Last week Minnesota legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton gave a great gift to Minnesota families and students....

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Minnesota students among natio...

Apr 27, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Youngsters from Minnesota  are among the best US chess k-12 players in various divisions, based on results at the U.S....

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Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magn...

Apr 22, 2012 by

By Joe Nathan – Schools sometimes take students to visit museums, but something unusual has developed at Phalen Lake Hmong...

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Hundreds pay tribute to remark...

Apr 17, 2012 by

Gary DeCramer deserved much more.  So did his family and friends.  The fact that hundreds of people from all over Minnesota came to...

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Honoring an outstanding teache...

Apr 4, 2012 by

Today’s column honors two heroes: a teacher, now in his 70’s, and a high school senior in her teens. Teacher Will Fitzhugh, and...

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Wise Minnesota schools gain fr...

Mar 29, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Many Minnesota public schools wisely recognize the value of surveying graduates, and seniors about to graduate. ...

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Lessons learned from 6 hours w...

Mar 22, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Have you ever been frustrated dealing with a company that provides computer service to you and your family? After...

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Parents question journalists, ...

Mar 15, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Two frustrated questions at a recent Stillwater “Conversation in the St. Croix Valley” community meeting mirrored each...

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New national survey values vie...

Mar 8, 2012 by

A new national “Met Life”/Harris Interactive Poll of students, parents, educators and community leaders contains both surprising and...

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Requiring CPR instruction can ...

Mar 5, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Why are Jamie LaLonde, Natasha Fleischman and Dale Wakasugi supporting a bill that would require Minnesota’s...

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“Flipping” on-line...

Feb 29, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – You’ve probably heard of “flipping out,” meaning getting very excited. But teachers all over Minnesota are using...

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Telling the sometimes controve...

Feb 16, 2012 by

by Joe Nathan– Though it’s not always popular to say, all of Minnesota’s (or any other state’s) early childhood programs are not...

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A great example of WhyNott?

Jan 12, 2012 by

This is one of the most unusual columns I’ve written in a long time. Before reading further, please strongly consider looking at 3...

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New report shows huge value/en...

Jan 9, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Congratulations to thousands of Minnesotans: families, students and public school educators. A new report,...

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A positive look ahead for 2012...

Dec 29, 2011 by

Joe Nathan – Looking ahead for 2012, I’m optimistic about Minnesota schools, students and educators. Reviewing more than 40 columns...

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