Croll: Public Schooling Isn’t for Everyone; Consider Some Alternatives

We are fortunate here in Loudoun County to have one of the best school districts in the state (ranked #2 by Niche.com). If your child is thriving in public school—learning, socializing, enjoying the experience—you probably never considered an alternative education model. But if you have a child who isn’t doing well in public school, for whatever reason, you might consider one of the myriad unconventional education programs offered in our area.

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The Peoples’ Constitution: Due Process, Privacy and Abortion

Recently I was fortunate to visit the ancient Temple Church in London, built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar. The church is relevant here because it was the location of one of the earliest demands for due process of law. In January 1215, a group of English barons confronted King John and asked that he recognize certain fundamental rights. Among those was the great right of due process: the barons demanded that the crown not imprison them or take their property without first following the customary legal procedures that were “due” to them. Six month later, at Runnymede, the King agreed to the Barons’ demands and signed the Magna Carta.

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Croll: Beyond the Bell Curve, The Challenges of Raising Twice-Exceptional Children

Did you know a child could be both gifted and autistic? A percentage of children, some estimates are as high as 5-10 percent, have more than one exceptionality such as being intellectually advanced (gifted) plus having a physical, neurological, emotional, processing or developmental challenge. These “twice exceptional,” or 2e, children may score very high on intelligence tests while also having ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, sensory processing disorders, autism or another learning disability.

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