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Analysis | What’s behind the student suicides sweeping Hong Kong

Analysis | What’s behind the student suicides sweeping Hong Kong | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Is the education system really to blame?

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A word of warning for our test oriented schools?  -Lon

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How Can 21st Century Students Learn In 19th Century Schools?

How Can 21st Century Students Learn In 19th Century Schools? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

The children of Australia are today's students and tomorrow's employees. And while each generation has passed through the student lifestage, Generation Z are the only ones to have done so in the 21st century. They can be defined as being post-linear, post-literate, and post-logical.


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Is the new needs of education the writer describes credible, or missing something vital? -Lon

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Education vs. Edutainment

Education vs. Edutainment | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
If we are to take children seriously, and not just apply the model of edutainment to education, it will be with a realignment of the ways in which we think about learning itself.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

How many agree with the author's sketch of the history of modern education?  To me, my reaction is that the attempt to make education entertaining had the result of squeezing content out of it resulting in children bored with calorie free education in our schools.  ??? -Lon 

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Gino Bondi's curator insight, November 13, 2015 8:20 AM

Great post about validating (through listening) the voices of our children - with a focus on Maria Montessori and her work

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Teens who stay up late on school nights are more likely to gain weight | Daily Mail Online

Teens who stay up late on school nights are more likely to gain weight | Daily Mail Online | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The time that young people go to bed has a direct link to their body mass index (BMI), according to new research by the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University.

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Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
'This is kindergarten. We force children to take tests that their brains cannot grasp. We ignore research that proves that children who are 5-6 learn best experientially. We rob them of precious free play that teaches them how to be good citizens, good friends and good thinkers.'

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

SCARY.  The fear this writer talks about, come to think of it, is probably similar to what is experienced at all school levels when they are faced with constant testing.  What are we doing to our children?  And, how is this proper raising of our young people? -Lon

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I am 16 and the education system is destroying my health

I am 16 and the education system is destroying my health | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The pressure put on today’s young people is immense. All we are learning is that our best isn’t good enough and that one bad test makes you a failure

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

I hear from a lot of young people they don't want to grow up.  Think this might be part of the reason?  -Lon

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New users say iPhones hinder learning

New users say iPhones hinder learning | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Before getting a smartphone, college students thought the devices would improve their homework, test-taking, and grades. They were disappointed.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This just makes intuitive sense, based on my personal experience and observations of smart phone use. -Lon

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Nevada Abandons Public Education

Nevada Abandons Public Education | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Nevada has made its bid for a gold medal in the race to the bottom of the barrel for public education. The state's GOP legislature, with help from Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education (a name that belongs in Orwellian annals right next to "Peacekeeper Missile"), has created an all-state voucher system.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Wow, if you want an example of an opinion piece that is all opinion, speculation and demonization of those who disagree but contains few real facts, this is one of the best examples I've seen.  You'll have to look elsewhere for an objective treatment of this issue. -Lon

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How Not to Be a High School Helicopter Parent - US News

How Not to Be a High School Helicopter Parent - US News | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Experts say parents should never fire off curt emails to teachers or do their teens' homework.

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The Future of Education According to Generation Z

Their brains are wired differently.

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Remember, environment strongly influences the brain's growth, so this makes sense. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 7, 2015 12:22 PM

Some of my friends' parents are teachers and in talks with them over the years they believe at some point all school will be online.  From the perspective of the author of this article this trend has begun.  Digital text instead of a book, and learning on a mobile device.  Courses are moving to online, at some point will we have no teachers in the classroom at all?  I do like the trend towards adding a vocational component and providing high school graduates a tangible skill.

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All Over The Country, Kids Are Getting Shocked With Tasers And Sprayed With Chemicals In School

All Over The Country, Kids Are Getting Shocked With Tasers And Sprayed With Chemicals In School | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Noe Niño de Rivera spent nearly two months in a medically induced coma after a Texas school resource officer shocked him with a Taser in November 2013. Niño de Rivera, who was 17 at the time, had been trying to break up a fight between ...

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

I think its deeper than that.Violence by authorities is in the news often anymore and it is wider than just schools.  Tells me fear is growing in our society.  Regarding schools, in the 1990s we started calling police for school infractions that used to be handled by the administration and parents.  Police are often stationed in schools, and entrance to some require going through metal detectors.  Perhaps one cause that should be talked about is if the "economies of scale" huge schools with more hormone hopping teens together in one place than I suspect at any time in history should be rethought, many of them there because they are forced there.  There are fabulous results with schools that are small enough to build a close knit community - something like 200 kids or less, or not more than 500. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 6, 2015 3:11 PM

The trends are bit disturbing.  Random drug testing, Tasers and chemical spray for subduing, standardized testing.  What exactly are we teaching are children to become?

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Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach

Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Yong Zhao takes a critical eye to standards and the purposes they serve.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

The idea of approaching students with where they are and work with their individual strengths and weaknesses is a view that is perhaps one of the major contributions to the vision of what schools should do that come from therapeutic boarding schools (TBS).  TBS started with this perspective back in the 1980s or earlier, and tried their ideas on children with behavior and emotional problems because mainstream schools were doing so poorly with them and the parents were frantic.  They were and are quite successful but the image is TBS are expensive and thus for the wealthy, but technology is making possible that vision at reduced cost and more feasible for lesser budgets.  I think from that perspective, divorced from the price tag, is much that the professor is talking about. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 10, 2015 10:38 AM

I like the phrase, "we should start with the individual child, not what others think the child should become."  Education should be based on individual differences, strengths, and areas of interest.  "By imposing standards, we are not elevating expectations, but perhaps driving down expectations, especially for poor communities. … We are depriving them of the chance to dream.”  Very inspiring article on education.

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Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent

Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
William Neuheisel/Flickr Last week, I observed a high-school English class on a campus without bells.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

I think part of the problem of public education is the hold-over from the original century old concept of "mass education."  Factories were cutting edge organizations a century ago, and the original model for public education was the assembly line with all parts (teachers, administrators and students) being interchangeable.  So long as public schools are huge (making developing a community that feels safe very difficult), and students are considered as part of some group (by age, academic ability, race or ethnic....), it is impossible for a school to to treat each student as an individual which is what every human wants. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 5, 2015 9:40 AM

Overall this is a depressing article.  Not only is this written by a public school teacher that sends their child to a private school but his description of the apathy and disengagement at public school is disheartening.  Then to read about the growing hatred towards private schools and to blame them for the state of the public school system is appalling.  Where the engagement and buy-in from public school students comes from, I don't know.

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Why Do Schools Stifle Kids' Movement?

Why Do Schools Stifle Kids' Movement? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Children acquire knowledge by acting and then reflecting on their experiences, but such opportunities are increasingly rare in school.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good question.  Kids need movement, and more and more studies are finding that academics with movement (experiential learning) results in better school accomplishment. -Lon

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Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Watching Recess Go to Pieces | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"So," I ask casually at a school meeting, "Will the kids be getting recess back next year?"

"Please God, NO!" says one of the principals at my son's junior high, "We're very happy with no recess i...

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Are we beginning to emphasize seeing our kids as "minds" and ignoring the needs of their muscles and bodies? -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, January 22, 2016 12:29 PM

Being against recess seems to ignore the increasing rates of ADHD and kids being diagnosed due to sitting in a classroom all day.  A great number of the students that come to Penrith Farms have an ADHD diagnosis.  Reading this article, the principals seem to think that the negative behavior isn't happening, it is just not happening at school.  That in my mind is to just say, its not their problem.

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How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead

How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Who is calculating the damage being done to the young people forced to watch as their homes are trashed and their dogs are shot during SWAT team raids? What are we to tell our nation's children about the role of police in their lives?

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

I think if we add up the negative consequences from our various "wars" (war on poverty, war on drugs, along with our various foreign wars) and fear and anger regarding authority abused, we would be astounded. -Lon

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What makes a public school public? Washington state court finds charter schools unconstitutional.

What makes a public school public? Washington state court finds charter schools unconstitutional. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Ruling highlights long-running debate about elected representatives’ lack of control over charter schools.

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The debate continues as the country try to figure out how to make the current 100 year old public school model do what it was supposed to do. -Lon

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Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change.

Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- In a state proud of its reputation for "hang 'em high" Texas justice, closing the school-to-prison pipeline has long seemed next to impossible. For years, Texas prosecuted more kids for missing

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Band class helps teens learn how to learn - Futurity

Band class helps teens learn how to learn - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Schools should reconsider cutting music programs when budgets are tight. Band class teaches kids to play an instrument, but they learn other skills, too.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Another call for benefits of music education.  It almost seems like an education without music training of some sort is a less effective education. -Lon

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When I started my career I was told 'you're a teacher, not a social worker'

When I started my career I was told 'you're a teacher, not a social worker' | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Ledra Sun teaches children from one of America’s most violent towns. Although learning comes first, she does little things to make a difference to students’ lives

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Teachers might not be social workers, but they still are working with all the child, not just the academic part. :)  -Lon

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How to help a perfectionist student

How to help a perfectionist student | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Starting university is often a stressful time and can lead to perfectionist tendancies. If you’re a worried parent, here’s how you can help

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Parents always want whats good for their children, but somehow we collectively got the idea that OUR child can only go to the best University, can never do wrong so the teachers are picking on them, and the self-esteem movement, plus probably all kinds of other similar expectations and protections of our children has wound up putting tremendous pressure on them.  Not healthy. -Lon 

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If you want kids to learn math, stop teaching it

If you want kids to learn math, stop teaching it | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The U.S. has a math problem. Despite all the time, energy and money the country has thrown into finding better ways to teach the subject, American children keep scoring poorly and arriving at college woefully unprepared.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This has some intriguing suggestions and reasons. I had a math minor in college, but I suspect I didn't go further because I didn't have help unlearning a lot of bad habits I had developed in high school. :(  -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 8, 2015 1:11 AM

As a Liberal Arts major that has disliked math since high school, I must agree.

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Is Big Brother's Eye on Campus?

Is Big Brother's Eye on Campus? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
At Georgia State University, algorithms alert advisers when a student falls behind in class. Course-planning tools tell students the classes and majors they're likely to complete, based on the performance of other students like them.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This reminds me of about a century ago when the newly developed IQ test was used by pioneer psychologists and educators to predict future performance and placement decisions were then made which had a great impact on the student's futures (I think these professionals were full of themselves and their toys).  The example I remember reading was in the 1920s when leading educators, in an attempt to better utilize scarce resources, determined to not allow girls to take algebra and geometry because that would be of no value to housewives and boys needed those resources to prepare them for work.  So much for the enlightened ability of the intelligentsia :). -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, April 6, 2015 9:46 PM

This article makes me question whether I would attend University in today's world.  The idea that by data mining one can do predictive analysis is essentially educational predetermination.  I don't think anyone should be telling someone else "this is your capability and potential," after a couple of classes or semesters.

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Anyone Can Be a Teacher at Skillshare, an Online School - New York Times

Anyone Can Be a Teacher at Skillshare, an Online School - New York Times | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Students pay $10 a month for unlimited access to Skillshare’s 1,000 courses, and 850,000 users are signed up with the service, the company said.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This sounds very similar to the late 19th century when creative solutions to education were happening everywhere including one I read about at virtually no cost with street newspaper boys that used a lot of peer educating, and free reusable resources, along with many one room schoolhouses that often were private.  Most were swamped by the offer of free public education and mandatory attendance laws starting at the turn of the century. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 23, 2015 2:52 PM

Novel idea that seems interesting.

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High-Stakes Testing Has Trickled All the Way Down to Kindergarten

High-Stakes Testing Has Trickled All the Way Down to Kindergarten | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
One of the first times New Orleans kindergarten teacher Molly Mansel gave her class a computer-based standardized test last fall, the 30 5-year-olds didn’t know how to take it. The children, raised in the era of the mighty touchscreen, were instructed to use a computer mouse to take the test....

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

One of my questions is if the tests even measure the most important things the students should be learning. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 9, 2015 10:58 AM

Sorry, maybe I have been on a testing kick as of late but they really do bother me.  Especially with the sacrifices that have to be made to accommodate them.  No time for diversion on subjects a class may find interesting.  Let's cut physical education and art.  I don't know, I'm a liberal arts major that played sports in high school and college.  I think you can learn more useful information from a PE class than most other classes in high school.