Alison Minion

Alison Minion is a writer and editor. In addition to Funderstanding, she has contributed to vitaljuicedaily.com, the New Jersey Jewish News and other publications. She served as the editor for the Union County (NJ) Bar Association centennial commemorative yearbook. Before leaving the publishing industry to stay home with her children, Alison was an editor of children’s nonfiction and textbooks. As an editor, much of her time was spent sitting down with a manuscript and a red pencil, researching the marketplace and reading the competition. The most valuable on-the-job training, however, was the time spent visiting schools, debriefing educators, and watching children consume texts and process material. In her life as a freelancer, she does this now most evenings while her own three sons complete their homework.


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There’s No Business Like Show Business (Except Teaching)!

Great teaching has much in common with show business. Do you know about the many successful performers who considered a career in the classroom? Continue reading

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Educational Causes of the Rich and Famous

All too often, the stories we hear about the rich and famous are steeped in negativity. Learn how a few luminaries are doing something to improve education. Continue reading

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Homework: Too Much of a Bad Thing?

Are kids being asked to do too much homework? Does more homework result in higher achievement? More and more parents and educators are questioning the purpose and value of homework. Continue reading

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Reality Check: Are Kids’ Sports Out of Control?

Are our kids over-scheduled? Are kids’ sports out of control? In an effort to give our kids every advantage, are we robbing them of a most precious gift: childhood? Continue reading

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Advocating For Children With Special Needs

It’s hard enough to raise a child with special education needs. It’s even more difficult when you believe children are not getting what they need. Fortunately, there are resources available. Continue reading

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