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Our kids are telling us something. There is a revolution rocking their world in education.  Do we all know what's really going on? Are we prepared to guide them toward the right choices?

For the first time in decades the education game has changed with hyper-speed momentum with technology, globalization and the ever-growing achievement gap  as huge factors.

Yet we should also be looking at the other signs.  Have you noticed a growing sense that our kids are increasingly overworked, disengaged, or intellectually bored?  Or worse yet, are all three at once? 

That's why we all need to be smarter about education.   There are answers but we also have to know what questions to ask. 

As provocateur, muse, catalyst and game changer, The Daily Riff will "sniff and sift" through our edu-culture, "curating" news and opinion in quick, digest-sized take-aways for you to use and share.  We're doing the grunt work for you - eliminating the long, dry and irrelevant to present the "best stuff" every day.

A daily dose of education knowledge is power. The Daily Riff asked why does education feel so inaccessible?  For something so personal and powerful, it makes no sense.  It's time to tear down the edu-crat ivory tower walls.

Too many people steeped in the educational "system" are steering the conversation away from those interests that matter most: our students who are the future.  Kids and parents feel something is just not right.  So do the best educators.

We are here to let you know what we find... and to sort it out with you ...every day.  

It should be a wild ride - jump in and join us -



C.J. Westerberg, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

The founders are social entrepreneurs, parents, citizens and former NYC publishing executives.  C.J. Westerberg is a parent, education writer, researcher, school board member  and entrepreneur in education.  She was a former publisher and held various executive positions in NYC.  She is an avid life-long learner.   


To contact The Daily Riff:  contact@thedailyriff.com  

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Gov. Chris Christie & Randi Weingarten - new best friends on merit pay for teachers

CJ Westerberg, 11.16.2012

Who would have guessed? Check out video on MSNBC's Morning Joe

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Maker Faire Africa 2012 in Pictures

CJ Westerberg, 11.09.2012

Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls.

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What world am living in . . . what should I learn?

CJ Westerberg, 10.30.2012

Tom Friedman asks "How Do We Adapt to Thrive?" Lessons from Singapore

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Lessons from Sandy

CJ Westerberg, 10.30.2012

Do you ever feel so paper thin Like a house of cards, One blow from caving in? - Video

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Two Schools: Which one builds a better bully?

CJ Westerberg, 10.29.2012

"Education-as-we-know-it is about building hierarchies - among athletes . . . "

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Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching Them

CJ Westerberg, 10.29.2012

Tony Wagner, Former HS teacher, Principal & Co-Director At Harvard School Of Education Posts. "The Ability To Ask The Right Questions Is The Single Most Important Skill."

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Is Learning a Sport?

CJ Westerberg, 10.26.2012

Students should not go to school to win - students should go to school to learn.

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10 Steps . . . for smarter schools

CJ Westerberg, 10.25.2012

Dennis Littky, Big Picture Learning, gives us his 10 top musts.

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The Parent-School Relationship: The Importance of Listening

CJ Westerberg, 10.23.2012

"....I have been part of schools that have constantly told me what to do but never listened to what I had to say.' "

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