“When I left the house … I was a good mom … Just ten minutes later, I felt seriously derelict in my parenting duties.” As part of a continuing series on education from The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey reflects on a recent back-to-school night.

+ Do we reward, and award, kids too much? Ashley Merryman takes a look at the problems associated with the everyone gets a trophy mentality. (I’m not sure about this. I think most kids understand the difference between participation awards and being excellent in a sport or other activity.)

+ The Los Angeles School District handed out its first batch of iPads. It took students a week to hack the devices so they could surf the web, etc. In San Francisco, the kids could’ve done that in an hour. And the Dodgers suck.