Education / Primary & Secondary School

  • Spend on experiences this back-to-school season


    It’s that time of the year when parents see their bank accounts drain continuously as the kids go back to school. It’s seemingly a never-ending list of things that our kids need to...

  • Kids complain of having too much homework; study finds they're right


    A new study is out, and it is supporting kids' arguments that too much homework equals too much stress.  Students in early elementary school have as much as three times the homework as...

  • Save on school supplies with the “buddy system”


    Back to school shopping time: How working together with other families will save you time and money.

  • Most American students start school too early


    Although 8:30 a.m. or later is the start time most often recommended by health professionals, “fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began” at that time or later in the...

  • Apps to help your child get ahead this school year


    Clark shares his favorite free homework study apps that he uses with his kids.

  • These students go to school just 4 days a week


    Students are heading back to school Thursday in one Georgia county -- and their class model is drawing a lot of attention. Chattooga County students have every Monday off for the...

  • Student Loan Guide


    Do you need to borrow to fund college education for yourself or your child? I wrote this guide to tell you about my Clark Smart approach to student loans. If you already have student loans,...

  • Best 529 Plans To Help Pay for College


    A 529 Plan is the best way to save for your kid's college. 529 plans -- aka college-savings plans -- allow you, a relative or a friend to put money aside as an investment for a child's...

  • 5 Money Skills Every Parent Should Teach Their Teenager


    Parenting is not for wimps! I remind myself of this truth almost every other day while parenting my four children (they’re now 26, 24, 20 and 19). A huge part of our parenting...

  • How social media life can affect your work life


    High school seniors are becoming more aware of how their social media presence could affect them getting into college.

  • Get The Best Deal On Back To School Supplies


    I was in the stores 2 days ago and the back-to-school goods are on the shelves. A lot of what I saw out there is a real bargain. Both Target and Walmart have bargain aisles, sometimes called...

  • Florida battles income inequality in schools


    Debates about income inequality are becoming central in our country. Good news: One state is on board with a plan that helps kids make sure more wealth will flow to them over time.

  • Private Technical Schools Saddle Students With Most Debt


    Private for-profit technical schools leave students with the heaviest burden of student loan debt, according to a new report from the College Board. I have long believed that education is the key...

  • Should we fire underperforming teachers?


    Should poorly performing public school teachers with tenure be allowed to keep their jobs? Students in California don't think so…and they've sued the state to prove their point.

  • A new trend in summer camps


    Summer camps are adapting quicker to the realities of the job market than education. These new summer camps can help prepare your kids for the jobs of the future.