iNSIDER Insights: Schools of Thought

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simone_ellin_squareI have always been a fan of the back-to-school season. New shoes, school supplies, haircuts, fresh starts. But this year, things are different — unlike any back-to-school season I have ever experienced.

This year, my daughter goes to college and life will never be the same. Any parent who’s been through this knows the range of emotions that accompany a milestone such as this. There is pride, excitement, but also grief — for the loss of the child who is now grown up, for the emptiness in the house now that she is gone. Whether your child is starting pre-school, kindergarten, middle, high school or college, transition is always rife with feelings.


This month’s iNSIDER looks at education from many different angles. Our cover story debunks many of the myths around community college education and explores its many benefits. In this age of skyrocketing college tuitions, it is well worth a read.

We’ve all heard plenty about language-based learning differences, but what about help for children who face challenges with math? iNSIDER talks with local experts to discover the latest thinking on dyscalculia.

Baltimore families are lucky to have both good public schools and independent schools with educational philosophies that run the gamut from Montessori to parochial to progressive. In this issue, iNSIDER checks out some schools you may not have heard about and reports on recent changes taking place in our most established educational institutions.

We also check out some new apps that claim to help busy parents with those sometimes frustrating but oh so necessary carpools.

Wherever you and your children are in the educational journey, I wish you a wonderful back to school season and a heartfelt shana tova.

Simone Ellin
iNSIDER Editor

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