A Small Business With Many Gifts
‘Today’s Child has become the unwilling, uninteded victim of overwhelming stress-the stress borne of rapid, bewildering social change and constantly rising expectations’.
-Dr. David Elkind
Julie Pera has been an educator and speech- language pathologist for more than 20 years. She made the leap from public education to entrepreneurship in 2019, on the cusp of a global health crisis and after witnessing the sweeping changes that were implemented over nearly two decades, greatly effecting both teachers and students in public education.
Our discussion centered on the what and why we transformed public education, narrowing curriculum and the creativity of teachers resulting in unintended consequences for students and communities alike.
You will also find information throughout our discussion centered on what we can do to make
substantive changes to improve the emotional, intellectual and social outcomes of all children.
Our communities require it. Our parents desire it. Our children deserve it.
Since the fall of 2021 Julie has participated in the Business Triage Program of SMGraves Associates, a state subsidized business mentorship and development program targeting businesses effected by core challenges made worse by the pandemic.
It takes a lot of intellectual rigor and courage to work with students while building a successful business. You’ll find copious amounts of both in our latest episode of SMG’s ‘Are We Here Yet? Podcast.
For Further Reading
Scholastic “Why Children Need Play”
Many U.S. parents hold their children back a year — especially boys — so that they start kindergarten at age 6 rather than 5 to give them a chance to mature. The paper says that about 20 percent of kindergarten students are now 6 years old:
SMG’s ‘Are We Here Yet’?
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