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by A.J. Juliani

In this pandemic, Esther Wojcicki co founded a platform called Tract.app in which she is targeting kids age 8–13 who need something exciting, educational and fun to do besides sit in zoom classrooms. It is a virtual attempt to replicate her classroom. The content on Tract is created by teen leaders and ChangeMakers who have a passion for sharing their interests with the next generation. The goal is to educate kids and in the process make it fun and collaborative. …


INCREDIBLE CREDIBILITY — STEP ASIDE HELICOPTER, SNOW-PLOW AND TIGER PARENTS, MAKE WAY FOR #THEWOJWAY

Esther Wojcicki is the most credible author I have come across in terms of her real world success as 1) a noted mother who has raised three daughters (CEO of YouTube, Founder/CEO of 23andMe, UCSF researcher) who are making a big impact on the world and 2) a decorated teacher (California Teacher of the Year) who has educated thousands of high school students of diverse race and income over 37 years.

It is part memoir that reads easily as it is chock full of trajectory changing…


I was just cruising around the web and I ran into this post from Dr. David McPhee, a retired Psychotherapist for Kids and Adults in Minnesota on Quora.

I was very impressed that he put together a concise answer to a question about what were the “Seven Biggest Parenting Mistakes That Destroy Kids’ Mental Strength.” He nailed it with his succinct answers.

Here are the answers and they doesn’t have to be longer. You don’t need a book or a long discussion. They are simple; you just need to eliminate them from your parenting. Thank you Dr. McPhee.

  1. Corporal punishment…


INCREDIBLE CREDIBILITY — STEP ASIDE HELICOPTER, SNOW-PLOW AND TIGER PARENTS, MAKE WAY FOR #THEWOJWAY

Esther Wojcicki is the most credible author I have come across in terms of her real world success as 1) a noted mother who has raised three daughters (CEO of YouTube, Founder/CEO of 23andMe, UCSF researcher) who are making a big impact on the world and 2) a decorated teacher (California Teacher of the Year) who has educated thousands of high school students of diverse race and income over 37 years.

It is part memoir that reads easily as it is chock full of trajectory changing…


By learning from her parents’ mistakes, Esther Wojcicki raised three of the most successful women in the United States

Credit: alicemoi/Getty Images

We all tend to parent the way we were parented, but when I became a mother, the one thing I knew for sure was that I didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of my parents.

As Russian Jewish immigrants who came to this country with nothing, my parents were always on the verge of financial ruin. My father was an artist, but beyond that, he had few skills. Eventually, he was forced to take a job as a gravestone cutter, one he kept for the rest of his life. …


It’s been fifty years since I started teaching. Can’t believe it has been so long. I still love it and love the kids but many teachers don’t feel this way. They love the kids but do not love the job. They feel frustrated and disrespected. It is no wonder many teachers need to have two jobs just to stay afloat.

Once a year, we celebrate teachers and find ways to show our appreciation through donations, gifts and notes. Appreciation is nice, and much warranted, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem in our school systems. …

Esther Wojcicki

Educator, journalist, IT & OER consultant

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