Articles by Shelly Mateer

Send Them Back to School

sat transfixed as the image of Mr. H and all of his luxurious hair was hanging on the wall in front of me. My teacher, a perpetual gentle smile on her face, possessed an unending supply of patience. It was all fascinating—it was kindergarten. Mesmerized by his energy and enthusiasm, we listened to Mr. Nelson, […]

Dilemmas of the 21st-Century American Parent

Standing in the breeze on a warm spring day at the end of another school year, I listen as a pre-Kindergarten child receives a prize at the elementary school’s yearly awards ceremony. Inwardly, I cringe as I hear “ . . . and she wants to be a YouTuber when she grows up.” My attention […]