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Eraser law, 'Dear Teen Me,' Khan Academy, integrated math, Show Me, Shone Farm

There is possible hope for teens who have terrible judgment about posting things online. Gov. Jerry Brown just signed legislation requiring web companies, starting in 2015, to remove online activity if a California minor requests it. This new “eraser” law applies to scandalous posts as well as ones that are just embarrassing. “Kids so often self-reveal before they self-reflect,” said James Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media, about the law. What a true statement.

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A dad who writes for The Atlantic magazine recently tried to do his 13-year-old daughter’s homework for a week. The results are funny and depressing. He found an emphasis on memorization, not critical thinking, a lot of busywork and little coordination between teachers. I gather that homework loads swing in cycles and our unfortunate children are the top of the pendulum right now. The complete article is in The Atlantic or here: tinyurl.com/mnzknsz.

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The Atlantic ran another fascinating article this month titled: “The Case Against High-School Sports.” Author Amanda Ripley contends that Americans waste far more energy and money on high school sports than almost any other country … to our detriment on the world stage. She writes about one Texas town that suspended football for the year and saw 80 percent of (all) students pass their classes, up from 50 percent the previous fall and 160 people at parent-teacher night, compared with six the year before. The article is controversial but a great conversation starter to have with your older children. tinyurl.com/ltpdqsa.

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There is a 30th reunion scheduled for Sonoma Valley High’s class of 1983 on Sunday, Oct. 12. I read the email and thought, wow, they are old, before realizing that is the year that I graduated from high school, too. The organizers are working hard to track everyone down. Email svhs1983@hotmail.com for more information. The party is at the Moose Lodge on Broadway, 5 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $75 a person. I look forward to running a group photograph.

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St. Francis School is holding its fall fundraiser “A Taste of Sonoma” on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. at the school’s Fr. Roberts Hall. This 20th annual fundraising event features food from some of the Valley’s best restaurants as well as a silent and live auction. Visit the school website at saintfrancissolano.org to buy tickets.  The Presentation School is also holding its fall fundraiser in the school’s activity center on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. “Imagine An Evening In Hawaii” features live music, dancing, dinner by Ramekins and silent and live auctions. Tickets can be purchased at presentationschool.com.

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