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In the inaugural edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois are joined by New York Magazine writer Robert Kolker to talk about the small but vocal opt-out movement—parents who are pulling their kids out of standardized tests—and growing opposition to the Common Core. Then Dan and Allison discuss the new Disney movie Frozen, which broke box office records in its debut weekend and is the latest animated movie to feature plucky princess heroines.
Other items discussed in the show:
- Bob Kolker’s New York Magazine feature, “The Opt-Outers.”
- Frank Bruni’s column on testing, Common Core opposition, and coddled kids.
- Slate’s review of Frozen, by the one and only Dan Kois.
Mom and Dad recommend:
Allison and her kids loved Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, a live show of tap dancing, drumming, beat-boxing and general awesomeness, hopefully coming to a theater near you.
Dan says to buy James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks for your kids. His eldest daughter will read it now that she’s done with Harry Potter.
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