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The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap

The Economist:New research on how to close the achievement gap | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. By Paul Tough. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 256 pages; $27. Random House; £12.99. Buy from...

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This is examining the issues the early therapeutic (emotional growth) boarding schools were based on in the 1980s, many of which are still operating.  -Lon

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Lou Salza's curator insight, January 31, 2013 12:08 AM

Paul Tough, a journalist and former editor at the New York Times Magazine, aims to answer these thorny questions in “How Children Succeed”, an ambitious and elegantly written new book, now out in Britain. The problem, he writes, is that academic success is believed to be a product of cognitive skills—the kind of intelligence that gets measured in IQ tests. This view has spawned a vibrant market for brain-building baby toys, and an education-reform movement that sweats over test scores. But new research from a spate of economists, psychologists, neuroscientists and educators has found that the skills that see a student through college and beyond have less to do with smarts than with more ordinary personality traits, like an ability to stay focused and control impulses. The KIPP students who graduated from college were not the academic stars but the workhorses, the ones who plugged away at problems and resolved to do better.

So non-cognitive skills like persistence and curiosity are highly predictive of future success. But where do these traits come from? And how can they be developed? In search of answers, Mr Tough first looks at the problem on a neurological level. Apparently medical reasons explain why children who grow up in abusive or dysfunctional environments generally find it harder to concentrate, sit still and rebound from disappointments. The part of the brain most affected by early stress is the prefrontal cortex, which is critical for regulating thoughts and mediating behaviour. When this region is damaged—a common condition for children living amid the pressures of poverty—it is tougher to suppress unproductive instincts.

 
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Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views

Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

This is a supplemental publication of Woodbury Reports' Places for Struggling Teens, www.strugglingteens.com.  We search the Internet to find articles and opinions that might be helpful to professionals in the private parent-choice network, and parents working with teens with behavioral/emotional/learning problems.

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Mapping the future: The future of education

Mapping the future: The future of education | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

How do we best educate the students of tomorrow? What we teach our children - and how we teach them - will impact almost every aspect of society, from the quality of healthcare to industrial output; technological advances to financial services.


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Interesting perspectives on the future of education from the advancement of technology in education perspective.  But what happens to the concept that "The Teacher Is The Lesson?"  And it seems to be seeing education as something to be given by the adults, rather than as something to be acquired by the students. -Lon

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Insightful and interesting...

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Interessant!

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, Today, 5:28 AM

Useful post, presenting an interesting vision of education's future. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuous education, please visit  http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com.

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Peace Through Gaming: The CEDARIA Project - RATIONAL GAMES, INC.

Peace Through Gaming: The CEDARIA Project - RATIONAL GAMES, INC. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
    As some of you know, Rational Games, Inc. is not only a negotiation training and consulting company, but a social business as well. Every year, we make small grants to support innovative projects that make creative use of games and play to resolve conflict. I want to tell the story of one of CONTINUE READING ...
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It is good to see that there are some solutions to conflict that doesn't rely on using overwhelming force, the usual knee jerk reaction in the real world. -Lon

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Three Ways Teachers Can Make School Suck Less

Three Ways Teachers Can Make School Suck Less | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
While many factors are out of their control, teachers still have a responsibility to try to make students' time in the classroom as enjoyable and meaningful as possible, writes Justin Minkel.

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For teachers, a sabbatical every now and the to refresh the spirit, makes a lot of sense. -Lon

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Why Are We So Slow to Change the Way We Teach?

Why Are We So Slow to Change the Way We Teach? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Many aspects of teaching—lecture, course design, assignments, and grading—have changed little over the years. The question is, “Why?” 

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This seems to be one of the consequences of a "risk averse society."  Punishment for failure will result in staying with the "tried and true." -Lon

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 4, 7:07 AM

"In a recent survey, 275 econ faculty who teach principles courses reported they lectured 70 percent of the class time, led discussion 20 percent of the time, and had students doing activities for 10 percent of the time"

Charli Wiggill's curator insight, February 4, 12:12 PM

How many Dickensian classrooms are still found around our world? Even in areas with little or no technology available, a number of fairly simple tweaks and changes in approach can have life-changing implications. 

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ELTISI's curator insight, February 5, 9:47 AM

Excellent point! We stick to 19th century formula and still have not adapted to digital natives :-(

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Should I Place My Teen in a Therapeutic Boarding School Near My Home? | The Envoy Group

Should I Place My Teen in a Therapeutic Boarding School Near My Home? | The Envoy Group | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Parents often ask us if we can suggest therapeutic boarding school programs that are within a 1-2 hour drive from home. This can be a difficult task for us as there are only a small number of reputable programs in the country, and not all programs are necessarily built for the problems your teen may …
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I agree with their assessment, that is, it probably is not wise to place a child based on how close the program/school is to your home. -Lon

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Psychologists have found that a spiritual outlook makes humans more resilient to trauma

Psychologists have found that a spiritual outlook makes humans more resilient to trauma | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

A growing body of evidence suggests that a spiritual outlook can be a major asset in coping with trauma. Psychologists have found that both spirituality and religion provide some of the key elements—a strong social support group, the opportunity to infer meaning, and a focus on empathy—that are invaluable in recovering from traumatic events.


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It has been my personal experience that every successful emotional growth or therapeutic boarding school I've been involved with has either covert or overt spirituality. -Lon 

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A dean from MIT is starting a radical new university with no majors, lectures, or classrooms

A dean from MIT is starting a radical new university with no majors, lectures, or classrooms | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Can you imagine a university with no majors, no lectures, and no classrooms? MIT’s dean for graduate education is leaving her post to make that dream a reality. Prof. Christine Ortiz recently announced her plan to create a radical new research university. "I’m looking at a new model, where the whole sort of vocabulary is different,” she said. “I...
Lon Woodbury's insight:

The various models for replacing our current education system is growing.  Does this one include emotional immaturity, which seems to be the major cause of academic success? -Lon

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4 Real Reasons Why Teachers Leave the Profession

4 Real Reasons Why Teachers Leave the Profession | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
why teachers leave the profession is helping lawmakers craft better policies to hold onto them.: An article from: State Legislatures.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Teachers leaving the profession in large numbers is not a new problem.  I started teaching in the 1960s and left for some of the reasons listed here.  Some aspects have got better (salaries for example) but others (like parent support) have got much worse. -Lon

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 4:11 PM

There might be differences between Canada and even within Canada. Alberta has good pay for teachers, but there is a lack of support. There are too many "talking heads" who have not been in the classroom or spent little time there who provide a toxic environment.

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Leading Wilderness Therapy Program Offers Mentoring Advice for National Mentoring Month

Leading Wilderness Therapy Program Offers Mentoring Advice for National Mentoring Month | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Trails Carolina, a leading wilderness therapy program, offers insight into becoming a better mentor
Asheville, NC (PRWEB) January 29, 2016 Trails Carolina, ...
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Mindfulness: the craze sweeping through schools is now at a university near you

Mindfulness: the craze sweeping through schools is now at a university near you | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Even Cambridge is offering sessions to combat an increase in student stress. But is mindfulness, as some critics insist, just a silly fad?

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Is "mindfulness" taking on the aspects of a "fad?"  This reminds me of the saying something along the lines of:  -Nothing can be so positive that Americans can't overdo it-. -Lon

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Children Twice As Likely To Be Shortsighted Than 50 Years Ago

Children Twice As Likely To Be Shortsighted Than 50 Years Ago | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Nowadays, children are twice as likely to be short-sighted than the youngsters in the 1960s.

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This suggests another problem to blame on electronic screens. -Lon

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Wired for Gaming: Brain Differences Found in Compulsive Video Game Players

Wired for Gaming: Brain Differences Found in Compulsive Video Game Players | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

SALT LAKE CITY - Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. 

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Why Kids With Stepsiblings May Be More Aggressive

Why Kids With Stepsiblings May Be More Aggressive | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids with step- or half-siblings are more likely to behave aggressively than those who don’t have this added complexity in their family structure, researchers at the University of Michigan report in the journal Demography. 

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It seems like "The Brady Bunch" doesn't happen all that much in real life blended families. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 10, 1:16 PM

I posted a similar article like this yesterday speaking to the many clients we receive at Penrith Farms that are adopted.

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Today’s Generation Gap: How Will Today’s Children Cope?

Today’s Generation Gap: How Will Today’s Children Cope? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The 4th article in a series that candidly looks at the difference between today's youth and those of the past. How will children who are so indulged or entitled learn to cope with the challenges of adulthood?
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A lot of therapeutic boarding schools students have had the entitled background she talks about.  She asks, and talks about, what the future will be like with so many children protected from learning the consequences of actions. -Lon

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Are you a helicopter parent? Lighten up, say "free-range kids" campaigners

Are you a helicopter parent? Lighten up, say "free-range kids" campaigners | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Today, letting a 10-year-old catch a bus alone may lead to accusations of neglect. At what stage does protectiveness turn to paranoia? Amanda Hooton talks to ...

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She makes the point that the fear of a child being harmed when on their own is more a fear of the parents than any real risk or anything else.  She also asks: What were the most delightful events for you as a child, and usually they were when the parent had been on their own. -Lon

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A Radical Way of Paying for College … From 18th-Century Scotland

A Radical Way of Paying for College … From 18th-Century Scotland | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Adam Smith devoted a long section in The Wealth of Nations to explaining why the universities in his home country produced better teachers than Oxford.
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An intriguing look at a radically different way of paying for education services - that of asking students (at least college students) to pay for individual teacher services.  Promoted by Adam Smith of Wealth of Nations fame, the concept seems to be found in modern examples of digital certification, expanding home schooling and tutoring services, and off campus "transition" support services. -Lopn

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Parents, Children Celebrate National School Choice Week

Parents, Children Celebrate National School Choice Week | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Parents, children, and educators rallied at events across the nation to celebrate the progress made over the past five years in the school choice movement

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Private therapeutic schools and programs are one of the choices for children with behavioral problems. -Lon

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Helping Kids and Families Achieve with Cynthia Terebush, CPC, CYPFC: Today’s Generation Gap: Our Youth Are Stressed – Why Is the Pressure Out of Control?

Helping Kids and Families Achieve with Cynthia Terebush, CPC, CYPFC: Today’s Generation Gap: Our Youth Are Stressed – Why Is the Pressure Out of Control? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Why are our youth feeling so much more pressure and anxiety than in past generations? The 3rd article in a series about today's generation gap.
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I've seen these elements of stress in almost all the children I've met in therapeutic boarding schools. -Lon

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Teen lingo: What they're really saying

Parents beware - if your teen is heading off for Netflix and chill they're intending to do much more than just relax while watching the television. - New Zealand Herald

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Keeping up with teen slang is like hitting a moving target, or nailing jello on the wall. -Lon

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Agents Investigating Abuse Claims at Iowa Boarding School

Agents Investigating Abuse Claims at Iowa Boarding School | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Agents Investigating Abuse Claims at Iowa Boarding School
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Why is boredom important?

Why is boredom important? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

   We hear these words zillions of times “Mommy, I am bored. What should I do? I am done with my work? Now what?” And we don’t have answer to their...

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The message here is boredom can be a motivator.  There's been a lot of talk about kids needing more recess and outdoor play time, and this adds that boredom sets up kids to take advantage of recess and outdoor play time. -Lon

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Bullying is a real threat to gay and bisexual teens - Futurity

Bullying is a real threat to gay and bisexual teens - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Bullying poses real risks to the well-being of gay and bisexual youth, says Robert Coulter, but "bullying is only one part of the story."

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, January 26, 12:53 PM

Unfortunately a majority of the gay and bisexual clients that come to Penrith Farms have been bullied.  The impact of which is immeasurable.

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Compulsive Shopaholic: Is A Shopping Addiction Like Substance Abuse?

Compulsive Shopaholic: Is A Shopping Addiction Like Substance Abuse? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Shop til you drop. Maybe you have a lust for shoes or perhaps you enjoy
finding great deals at the mall. Indulging in the occasional impulse buy is
normal—we all have done it at one point in our lives. But if you regularly
splurge or spend money that you don’t have it, you may be a compulsive
shopper.

So what exactly is a compulsive shopper?

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So, do you think a "Shopaholic" is an addiction or just a play on words? -Lon

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Creative Flow: 8 Reasons Why Procrastinating is Better than Working

Creative Flow: 8 Reasons Why Procrastinating is Better than Working | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Procrastination could hold unlimited potential for your sanity, overall well being, and productivity.
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Now I have some justification for my (irregular) work schedule.  Also, good food for thought about our national work ethic. -Lon

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I am the Parent of a Drug Addict: does that Mean I Am a Failure?

Is your son or daughter a drug addict? It is easy to feel like a failure, but you must realise that it is not your fault! Follow these tips to help both you and your child get through this addiction together.
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One of the worst trends in our culture is to automatically assume a child failing is the fault of the parent.  This is unfair to countless parents who are trying everything they can to intervene into self-destructive behaviors. -Lon

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