Regular readers may have noticed that a bunch of new posts about education, high school, college and success appeared on this website. The posts from my former site, High School, College Success!, about the influence of elite colleges have on our high schools, and how it is damaging our children – especially our brightest and most motivated – now appear here.
Research about college and education now on this website
When maintaining multiple websites proved to be impossible, I considered just taking down my educational blog, High School, College, Success! I don’t intend to make revamping the educational system my life’s work. But I do feel strongly that our current educational system, requirements driven by elite colleges and university college applications, and standardized testing and the major standardized testing companies, are damaging our children. And the site still had traffic, so I wanted to keep the information available, to help parents find resources.
How my website about success and education, & the influence elite colleges on our high schools, came to be
Trying to best decide how to share information on the web, isn’t as easy as you think it would be. I first had all of my information on one blog, ESIvy.com. I had information about my own children’s books, other children’s books, some arts and crafts I had done that were child-centered, and family entertaining. And then my kids entered the madness that is high school these days, and I started getting concerned about their ridiculous workload. So I do what every mother does, I started researching and questioning authority.
Okay, well not every mother. Every mother that’s a bit of an over-achiever who’s starting to get worried that the over-achievement in school these days might be doing real damage to her children.
Spoiler alert. It is.
I was doing so much research that I needed a place to organize my thoughts. I started writing it down. Then I had the hope that all those hours of research I put in could help others. So I put up posts about education as well.
And then I read a bunch of advice that every blog should only cover one topic. So I taught myself all the technical stuff, bought more URLs, moved and split my one websites into three. all by myself (okay, I got bogged down more than once and had to get some in-house tech support)…
And promptly broke my right wrist.
Moving my research about high school, college, stress, & success here
Even without that, let me tell you, maintaining three blogs is a challenge!
So I made the decision to roll two of my blogs back into each other. You can now find all of my educational, college and university, and college admissions information on this blog.
Why posts about education and success are important to the “Mom Behind the Curtain”
After all, this blog is about trying to be the “wizard behind the curtain” like the all powerful Oz in the Wizard of Oz, the “Mom Behind the Curtain.” We moms (and every parent), do a lot! We have to build up expertise in a lot of diverse areas. I hope my little part of the internet can be a resource for you to make that work easier and faster.