February 18, 2018

Spelling Bee runs out of words

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How do you spell a spelling bee that goes 66 rounds in more than four hours and causes the organizers to run out of words? The answer is T-I-E, for now. Sophia Hoffman, a fifth-grader at Highland Park Elementary School in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier… Read more

7 things you totes need to stop saying if you’re over 30

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Here are the things you need to stop saying if you are over the age of 30. Or if you have a mortgage, or a job that comes with benefits. Or if you have teens. Especially, if you have teens. 1. Totes. When used as an abbreviation for the word “totally,” of course. If someone approaches… Read more

Halloween, Birthday, and Dinosaur Among Banned Words on NY Standardized Tests

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References to such words have been banned from city-issued tests in an edict issued by the city’s Department of Education for fear the words could “appear biased” or “evoke unpleasant emotions” in students. The department included the list of 50 banned topics in a recently issued request for proposals to companies interested in creating new… Read more

What Inspired Me to Write BRASS MONKEYS by Terry Caszatt


Author Terry Caszatt offers an exclusive insider post for you, Kid Focused readers.  He discusses the inspiration behind his newly released young adult novel, Brass Monkeys, the fantastic story of a boy battling boring teachers.   This is what Terry Caszatt has to say…   First, I was inspired to write the book because of the problems… Read more