When I interviewed with Palo Alto Daily News editor Dave Price some
two years ago, he told me about the benefits of writing a column. One of
them, he said, was that I could take my collected writings and put them
into book form.
At the time, that didnít seem to be within my reach. I knew I had a lot
I wanted to convey to parents, but it wasnít my goal to write a book.
During the last two years, I have enjoyed writing Teacher Talk.
Many people have contacted me and the paper about its value. I began incorporating
it into the weekly newsletter that I send home to my studentsí families.
One of the skills I have been developing has been to deliver my message
within my limited allotment of space. Sometimes 350 words doesnít seem
to be nearly enough; sometimes itís too many!
I havenít been able to include book lists, word lists, and other resources
for parents as part of the column. In the spring, then, I began to feel
that Dave Price was right: maybe I should be putting together a book.
The book is in production right now. Entitled Teach Your Children Well:
A Teacherís Advice for Parents, it contains twelve chapters.
The first seven are skill areas where parents can help their progeny; the
last five are values to be imparted. The book should be in print by the
end of the month.
In addition, I have been working on a website. One feature of the site
is the archive of past columns, along with other writing that I have done.
The URL is www.jaydavidson.com.
Through the website, I am collecting information for two new books I am
putting together. I am asking teachers to contribute their opinions about
the most important lessons they want parents to teach their children at
home. I am looking for stories from parents about the changes that they
have made in their lives so that they can devote more time to the education
and wellbeing of their children.
I hope that you will contribute if you have a story to tell.
This column has been incorporated and expanded in Teach Your Children
Well: A Teacherís Advice for Parents.